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Joan Dudley is orphaned as a young adult. She becomes the companion to her wealthy aunt and prey to a middle-aged man who is first attracted to her because of the possibility that she will inherit her aunt's money. Joan is at first enthralled by the life-style, people and things, that are her aunt's circle. She must come to decide at what price, if any, she is willing to give for her integrity of character. There are many people on each side of the question, almost devils and angels sitting on her shoulders. I like that Joan is not a perfect character. She sometimes succumbs to one, at other times she rises to the other.--Goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Bailey, Temple
Temple Bailey (1880-1953) was an American novelist and short story writer. Born in Virginia, she attended a girls' school for a time but poor health during her childhood meant that she was often tutored by her father at home. He paid close attention to her written English. As an adult, Bailey had no real desire to become an author but, "a season of stress and sorrow drove me to self-expression" and her 'scribbles' turned into stories that were soon being published in magazines such as the Ladies' Home Journal. Some of her stories were published as serials that were later turned into novels. Bailey preferred writing short stories thinking they were her most artistic work but found them harder to write than novels. She completed over 30 novels and her books sold in the millions. Bailey's style of featuring virginal heroines, conventional morality and happy ending seemed to fill her readers' needs for romance, the possibility of a better life and a happier world. (American National Biography)
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