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4.0 out of 5 stars Another kind of fidelity
This is the story of a love affair and it's consequences which effect three generations of a family. Naomi Kellogg is in love with Joe Copeland, but their famillies don't approve of the relationship. Naomi discovers that she is pregnant just as circumstances divide the lovers forever. Naomi is persuaded to marry Caleb Evans, a man who has loved her and is willing to...
Published on 14 July 2001 by Lynette Baines

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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Arranging all the rest of your life! Why did it sound like laying out a corpse for a funeral?'
Beginning in 1880s America, this tells the story of teenage Naomi, sneaking out for secret assignations with her true love by the brook. She falls pregnant, and unable to marry her beloved Joe, her family effectively marry her off to Caleb Evans, a virtuous man, willing to take on the child.
The story then leaps on twenty years, to the Evans family with 'daughter'...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another kind of fidelity, 14 July 2001
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Lynette Baines (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Brook Evans (Persephone book) (Paperback)
This is the story of a love affair and it's consequences which effect three generations of a family. Naomi Kellogg is in love with Joe Copeland, but their famillies don't approve of the relationship. Naomi discovers that she is pregnant just as circumstances divide the lovers forever. Naomi is persuaded to marry Caleb Evans, a man who has loved her and is willing to accept her child as his own, and they move out west. Naomi's misery blights her life. Her daughter, Brook, is born, and grows up knowing only Caleb as her father. When Brook falls in love with an "unsuitable" young man, Naomi encourages the relationship because she is living proof that opposition can ruin a woman's life. She believes in being true to one's feelings. Brook's decision in this situation will alter the course of her life, just as a similar decision determined her mother's future. The structure of the novel is interesting because it ranges widely through time, and moves from America in the late 1880's to Europe in the 1920's. Susan Glaspell writes movingly of love and the choices that must be made. This book could be a companion to her earlier novel Fidelity, also published by Persephone. Both novels examine the importance of love and the need to take responsibility for the decisions made under it's influence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, as you'd expect from Persephone, 22 April 2014
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But I preferred Fidelity (also by Persephone and the same author) so I'd probably go for that one first if not already read...
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Arranging all the rest of your life! Why did it sound like laying out a corpse for a funeral?', 8 Jun 2013
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Beginning in 1880s America, this tells the story of teenage Naomi, sneaking out for secret assignations with her true love by the brook. She falls pregnant, and unable to marry her beloved Joe, her family effectively marry her off to Caleb Evans, a virtuous man, willing to take on the child.
The story then leaps on twenty years, to the Evans family with 'daughter' Brook (named for the place of her mother's trysts) and falling in love herself...
The difficult relationship between Brook and her mother were quite well drawn, but I felt the book was let down by the last part which sees Brook a middle aged woman in Europe. While there was, I suppose, a satisfactory culmination to the whole story of sacrificing yourself for the sake of others' expectations, I couldn't see why Brook didn't accompany her son and defer her plans for a month or two; there seemed no reason for it.
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