MILLS OF THE GODS by Daoma Winston


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Victoria Davelle desperately wants to get out of her dreary English life (she's the daughter of a parson)--so it's good news, sort of, when her rich American cousin, ""King Richard"" Cavendish of the Cavendish mills, comes to call, falls for Vicky at first sight, and later sends her a ticket to America. Unfortunately, the silly girl gets a seaboard crush on ladykilling schoolmaster Leslie Winton enroute to Fall River, Mass. Undeterred by this, cousin Richard rapes her, thus getting her in the family way, forcibly marries her, and proceeds to exercise his conjugal fights while Vicky lies there dreaming of Leslie. . . until an actual affair with him reveals him as a dud. Her only solace is her baby Allie, but he first gets violently ill, then is kidnapped, and then dies, we are to believe, because she rejected him in the womb! Finally, Vicky snaps out of her depression when arson at the mill makes her realize she has wanted Richard alone all this while (she's just been rejecting her own sexuality). With good words for both rape and unionbusting, this is the latest odd attempt to combine sex with industrial history--and these Mills of the Gods grind more slowly than most.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1979
Publisher: Simon & Schuster