Plot Summary: Molly, a young widow, has a problem: she needs to lose weight and fast! An old beau is renewing his acquaintance by coming back to his old hometown where she still lives, but she looks nothing like she did 10 years ago. The only one who can help her attain her goal is the next door doctor. But he likes her as she is. What’s a girl to do when several men start to pay her more attention?
My Book Review: This was a fast, enjoyable read! I originally discovered it on Librivox (listen to it for free here) and soon after found an old copy of it at a library book sale. I found it cute that, in a story about a girl on a diet, a bookworm chewed a neat little hole through the edges of the pages. 🙂
The story takes place in the Gibson girl era, where things were not much different than they are today in that a woman’s worth was often judged on the dimension of her waistline. Only they had corsets back then to help them out. Molly is a delightfully funny character, honest and vain, but thoroughly woman. I loved the old illustrations throughout the book as well. And the doctor was a swoon! Perhaps one can see the ending from the start, but poor Molly can’t and it’s fun to watch her transformation when all the time she has a good man’s unconditional love.
This book is a simple read. Don’t expect too much out of it. But if you are wanting to get into a cute little love story, this entertaining novel will probably satisfy. Just ask the bookworm.
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