Rose Stanton’s mother, a women’s rights advocate, made a little money writing, but her daughter Portia was the real breadwinner, sacrificing to put her two brothers and Rose through college.
Unwittingly, Mrs. Stanton left Rose unsuited for any job but socialite wife, which is what Rose becomes shortly after meeting millionaire lawyer Rodney Aldrich on a tram.
The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
R. M. Crosby, Illus. Bobbs-Merrill, 1916. 1916 bestseller #6.
Project Gutenberg eBook #15384. My grade: A.
The third week of their honeymoon, Rose panics when Rodney, pausing in reading a German textbook, tells her, “The insanity has worn off.”
How can she hold him apart from sexual attraction?
She wants to be someone he can respect for her work, as he respects his male friends.
What Rose does to earn Roddy’s friendship—and how it affects everyone around her—is the heart of the novel.
Henry Kitchell Webster not only has a yarn to spin through a host of crisply drawn characters, but he also has a subject to explore.
Webster wrote The Real Adventure as a serial, which would be the best way in which to read it: The single-volume format makes it far too tempting to skip ahead to see what happens.
You’ll lose the book’s enduring value if you skip over the passages in which Webster probes the question of what makes a marriage good for both husband and wife.
©2016 Linda Gorton Aragoni