This is not as shaded as La Maestra (1973 -- Mary Carter's quality book to date) but be it admitted that even if the soap gets in your eyes you'll go right on reading it -- you being any woman that reads women's fiction. Even if it is told by a man (who doesn't always sound like one) -- namely John Thacher, member of a large Cape Cod family which has really held together. He's the husband of Ellie, alone in the world, and their only child Sarah is killed in an accident. Comes the months of pills and programs and ""Button-punch time"" in which Ellie fails to conceive again -- it proves to be an RH negative factor and why was this not called to their attention until now? Fictional license no doubt, but from then on the story becomes more reminiscent of an actual one: securing one baby through an old family doctor, they then get another one through an Agency and the mother -- after a time -- decides to reclaim young Cassie, losing the first round in court, winning the second (the Thachers go out of state at this point) and. . . . Soft-shelled stuff, to be sure, but with a susceptibility factor you shouldn't overlook.