Remember the once-upon-a-time-and-not-so-happily-ever-after when the young unwed mother-to-be took refuge in the anonymity of a dark brownstone in a large city to have her baby and give it away? Well- this is quite a switch. Louise Aldrich has her illegitimate child at home and her doctor-father delivers it. More? Her daughter now, eighteen years later, is the victim of her mother's courage and independence (Louise had refused to marry Duke Blount -- he was worthless although now successful) and must tell the boy she loves that she is fatherless. Louise too must face the past; can she live it down and return to Lone Nation, her home town, and Joe who has always wanted to marry her? She can..... Mercer, never a subtle writer, likes the potential problem-tragedy (alcoholism, etc.) but there's not too much trauma here of dilemma; just a sudsy situation for women.