Because of Stephen

by Grace Livingston Hill
178 pages, Romance
Reviewed by Sylvana Atlanta

One of the best romances I've ever read.


Unbidden, Margaret Halstead moves out west to live with her half-brother, Stephen, with one mission: to care for him and share her faith in Christ. But shortly after her arrival in the rugged western country that is her brother's home, it becomes clear to Margaret that her mission will have to include some unexpected wild companions.


Well, it's a typical Western town shown in the softest light possible. She touches on things but for the most part attempts to leave them out. These are rough cowboys, and she had to write them so.

Spiritual Content

Margaret is a Christian. She starts a Bible study and leads most of the cowboys toward reform, even bringing one of them fully to Christ.


Guns are carried by all the men, though never actually used and one man falls over a cliff and dies.

Drug and Alcohol Content

All of the men except Philip and the minister drink...heavily, for most of the book.

Sexual Content

None really.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

One of the cowboys uses the words "Jesus Christ" and there are references that other words are used, but these are never actually said.


This is a fun book that encourages one to follow God no matter what and lean on Him. The romance is not overtly sexual, either.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 13+

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