About one third of the text is devoted to sentimentalized anecdotes about the dowager mayor of San Juan, whose ""Politics of Love"" were characterized by the dispensation of charity out of public funds, while the other two thirds consists of poorly integrated little lectures on Puerto Rican history and culture (""Don Enrique too stressed politeness, discipline and proper dress. These were a part of the Spanish cultural values both parents were trying to instill in their children."" ""In Puerto Rico a drugstore was much more than a pharmacy"" etc. etc.). Weighted down by all this superfluous background, the portrayal of Dona Felisa as a romantic heroine often approaches the ridiculous (as in the melodramatic scene when her husband-to-be forgets to bring a marriage license to the ceremony -- ""Her hands, holding the bouquet of lilies trembled. Would the wedding have to be postponed?""). A tribute to a liberated Latin woman -- inappropriately geared to soap opera sensibilities.