A gentle debut novel about a woman choosing whom, and how, she loves.
Kaye Mason, a wholesome young woman, is about to graduate from teacher’s college. She’s in a relationship with Chris, a graduating law student headed for a job at a successful firm. However, her seemingly charmed life hits an unexpected hurdle when she and Chris reach an impasse over their values: Kaye has been brought up to resist sex before marriage, but Chris is infuriated by what he calls her “middle class morality.” After Kaye refuses him numerous times, he has an affair with someone they both know, which leaves Kaye brokenhearted. She flees from Lexington to find solace at her grandparents’ farm, where she does chores to distract herself from her confusing feelings. After Chris tracks her down, he demands that they discuss what happened, and eventually, Kaye finds herself agreeing with the idea of sex before marriage. But her life grows more complicated when she meets Tom Scott, a nearby farmhand, and when her grandfather becomes ill and dependent upon her, it leaves her little time to return to the city—and to Chris. After she discovers that Chris’ cheating has gone way beyond a one-night stand, she faces a decision that will affect the course of her life. Shofner’s novel takes on the complex issue of how one’s upbringing affects one’s life as an adult and depicts a multidimensional romantic relationship that rings true. Kaye’s sweet nature and determined spirit make her a likable heroine, and the story’s unfolding twists make this quiet tale more intriguing than a typical romance novel. Many readers may relate to Kaye’s struggle and the sensitive way that Shofner depicts her inner conflict.
An engaging tale about clashing morals and a woman gaining her independence.