GENTLY NOW by Virginia Hinkins


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The author of the well received Stonewall's Courier (1959, p. 180, J-88) uses the Virginia background she knows so well for a novel set in the present. Elizabeth Undercook, home from college for lack of funds to continue, has a great heritage in the family farm at Gently. From pre-Revolutionary times to post-Civil War days, the farm and its owners had been a part of American history. Liz's father preferred to look backward, dreaming, while the farm ran ramshackle. The Undercook family was thus burdened rather than enriched by family tradition. Seeing all change and all strangers as interlopers, Mr. Undercook had subsided into the kind of failure that will not try, but only resent. When Liz goes to work on the horse farm being developed next door on their old property, she sees it as a chance to save her college career and prove her father wrong. Loving him and hating what he's become, Liz finds herself at odds with her realistic, but not resigned mother and the young manager of the horse ranch as well. This is the kind of story that Hollywood used to love to put on the screen. Its mixture of horses, people, problems and a technicolor setting might still have appeal in that medium. An excellent book for girls in love with horses and ready to go on to people.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1963
Publisher: McGraw-Hill