"THE DARLING is an American historical romance that shows promise."
Society debutante Lenore Brownley goes to Maine to stay
grandmother after a scandal involving her beau. Also her
who are financially strapped, wish to butter up her
Once in Maine, Lenore, who has been taught to be the perfect
society wife, meets her childhood friend, Jake Warren.
Jake is now
a doctor who runs a clinic in the nearby mill town. Jake
father are staying with Lenore's grandmother because their
burned down. Lenore's grandmother volunteers Lenore to
Jake's clinic. Jake is unhappy with the plan but goes
it out of respect for Lenore's grandmother. Lenore, who
decided to change her life sees this as a stepping stone to
meaning in her empty, frivolous life.
THE DARLING is an American historical romance that shows
some areas but falls flat in many others. The character of
was interesting and her quest was admirable; she even was a
heroine who learned and grew throughout the book. However,
the characterization of Jake unfortunate. He was angry,
wanted Lenore and took his feelings out on her. He was
because he couldn't cure everyone and took these feelings
Lenore. I understand that this was a defense mechanism to
Lenore at arms length, but he came off as less than heroic
lessened the pleasure of reading this story.
Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted April 2, 2004