Books: Blaze of Beauty

DARK STAR—Lorna Moon—Bobbs Merrill ($2.50).

Born under a dark star, Nancy Pringle never knew whether it was the Master of Fassefern who had sired her, or Willie Weams, the groom. Divot Meg, the village's woman, out of compassion for Nancy, swore it was the master, then strangled Nancy's mother lest she quaver her own doubts in the matter. Others, less generous, preferred to believe it was the groom; hoped thereby to establish superiority over the spirited little orphan. The flaccid minister took her in; his wife sanctimoniously bullied her; his old mother defended her in malicious warfare with the wife.

This dismal childhood...

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