THE FORTUNE CAKE by Hope Dahle Jordan

THE FORTUNE CAKE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sixteen-year-old Jenny is chagrined when she has to leave home and boy friend Dan to stay at the family's summer cottage with relatives while her parents are in Europe. Then the escape of a young man her judge father has sent to prison for murder coincides with mysterious threats and disturbances around the house and cottage, and before Dan comes to the rescue the convict has taken Jenny and her retarded Cousin Dawn hostage at the deserted summer colony. Dan has ""a square chin that juts when he is angry,"" Jenny's long hostile cousin turns out to be friendly, and even the convict, who thank goodness does not ""molest"" the girls, is not a murderer after all, just covering for his brother. It will seem all the more insipid to those late show viewers who have seen Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum in a similar but far more gripping story.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1972
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard