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The Big Blue Soldier, Grace L. Hill Dust Jacket
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THE BIG BLUE SOLDIER
by Grace Livingston Hill

Facsimile Dust Jacket
Lippincott, 1923

Dust Jacket Art possibly by
Skrenda

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Dust Jacket Synopsis for THE BIG BLUE SOLDIER by Grace Livingston Hill:

"The Big Blue Soldier" is the story of Lyman Gage, just back from France and discharged from the army. He is almost penniless, homeless, and bitter against women, having learned that the girl he was to have married is engaged to another man, and having spent most of his money in paying back a loan from her father. Wishing to get away from the city and attracted by the name, he goes to Purling Brook and there meets Miss Marilla Chadwick, a dear old lady, who, after making great preparations for the return of her nephew from duty in Germany, learned by telegram that he cannot visit her. Meeting Gage, she impulsively asks him to take her nephew's place and impersonate him for the benefit of a young neighbor, Mary Amber, who has helped her with the dinner of welcome. Gage accepts, though he does not relish meeting the girl. Mary, having seen the partly burned telegram, is suspicious of Gage. what follows increases the man's bitterness and the romance thus begun so strangely seems destined for the rocks. Things are at the breaking point when a crisis, a desperate illness and a happy surprise dissipate the fog of misunderstanding, and the contempt and indifference which Mary and Lyman have shown each other prove but the mask of love.