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Front cover of "Good Night, Sweetheart, Good Night" by James Lowell Hall.

Publication Date: March 23, 2016

Author: James Lowell Hall


Format: Paperback

ISBN: 978-1483447285 

Size: 6" x 9"

Price: $16.39

Pages: 272


Good Night Sweetheart, Goodnight: The Love Story of Ray Harrison Lillibridge and Marguerite Jenike Lillibridge is an epistolary compilation of letters, recollections, and photographs. James Lowell Hall leads us through the love story of Ray Lillibridge and Marguerite Jenike as they court, fall in love, correspond, and bridge the ten-mile gap between their homes by horse and buggy. Through their letters and Marguerite's reminisces, we are allowed a glimpse of life and hardships in small town America one hundred years ago, as well as Ray's internal struggles, Marguerite's devotion to faith and family, and the legacy of family they’ve left behind. 



"Good Night, Sweetheart, Good Night is a compilation of love letters sent between Ray Harrison Lillibridge and Marguerite Jenike from 1913 through 1914. This dedicated pairing wrote to each other at least twice weekly in addition to making the trek to visit each other in person on weekends (Illinois weather permitting!). These letters show the escalating nature of their love and courtship during those years, whether the duo is writing about their day’s monotony, playing pranks on one another, or (as is most common), simply ardently expressing their love for one another and for the 'Home' they found within each other’s company. The editor’s notes help clarify historical happenings and extended family references. Don’t worry, the letters only stop because they were able to marry and live in the same home. Appended in the latter half of the book is an interview with Marguerite Jenike Lillibridge in 1994, in which she describes her marriage and the couple’s married life until Ray’s untimely death in 1946. One thing is clear, Marguerite’s love for Ray lasted until her own death at age 100 in the same city in which she was born and met Ray Harrison Lillibridge in the early 1900s. Most appreciated is the wealth of humor and light contained within this unique epistolary collection which closes the boundary between us and the not-so-distant past. Those with nostalgia for handwritten letters of the past and romance lovers like myself will delight in this precious slice of life from 1913."

Michelle Biwer, Librarian, Amazon, 5 Stars

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