A thoroughly engrossing tale, Ms. Plain's latest connects with the reader on a highly emotional level. She has written of a love so astounding that a man would stake his life and entire future to provide a secure loving environment for his only child. A must read, this novel's focus on self-sacrifice and commitment to a life that money alone cannot provide is a positive diversion from the materialism prevalent in our society.

The year is 1968, and Donald Wolfe is a young attorney in a prominent law firm in New York. Life gets even better when he meets Lillian Morris, a beautiful young woman who helps retrieve his work documents. After a very brief courtship, the two embark on a marriage, but Lillian wants more than Donald can provide. The two part ways and would have probably never again crossed paths had it not been for the birth of their daughter, Bettina.

With Lillian's marriage to her former boss, wealthy Howard Buzley, Donald doesn't visit much with his daughter until he starts seeing her weekly in the park. There he encounters her nanny, Maria, who startles Donald with disturbing tales of Lillian's lack of interest in the child along with allegations of Lillian's love affairs. Can Donald really stand by and allow Bettina to be led away to France, if Lillian follows her current amour there?

(Jul., 342 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick