FAMILY SECRET by Janet Agle

FAMILY SECRET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Tom Fortune, who flies with Alistair Chapin during the war, learns only later that he is a member of the famous de Brae family which has not only immeasurable wealth and an impregnable position, but has- for five hundred years maintained a small feudal community of their own. Tom, taken home by Allstair, is approved of and indoctrinated in the de Brac way of life which begins in the nursery and includes a strict code of chastity (for the women) as well as a philosophy which is based on love and a conformity which excludes the outside world. Tom falls in love with Jane de Brac, the most untouchable member of the family since she has been groomed since birth to marry Arthur Lyman, a surgeon. Intruding on the established relationship, Tom is finally able to convince Jane that he can offer her love and marriage- within the de Brac system which he ultimately accepts.... Essentially a light entertainment, this still has several talking-points which contrast the serenity of this life with the tension ""outside"" and indicate the values modern women have lost rather than gained. Pleasant.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1957
Publisher: Lippincott