THE SPRING BEGINS by Helen Rich

THE SPRING BEGINS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A first novel, this is perfectly pleasant, but not too placeable, telling the story of an unfortunate first marriage, an unhappy love affair, backgrounded in the rougher region of the Colorado Rockies. Angie, who at 17 marries a much older man who drinks himself into the grave and leaves her only a ramshackle house, takes in six boarders- miners- uses the money to fix up the house. Although courted by steady Toby, Angie falls in love with charmer Pandy Chester, and when Pandy is hurt by falling rock, Angie takes Pandy in, soon lives with him openly and incurs the shame of her parents, the hatred of Toby. Spring begins, and Pandy, restless, leaves for Arizona. Angie, facing a first heartbreak- and humiliation when other men think she's easy because she's fallen- eventually finds happiness in reconciliation with Toby... Acceptable.

Pub Date: June 27th, 1947
Publisher: Simon & Schuster