Picks and Pans Review: That Camden Summer

updated 02/12/1996 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/12/1996 01:00AM

by LaVyrle Spencer

What we have here is a modern fairy tale, complete with a deserving heroine, a prince of a guy and a happily-ever-after ending. Best-selling author Spencer knows what modern women want in a main character: not a too-good-to-be-true Snow White but a liberated dame who loves her kids, works hard and speaks her mind. Roberta Jewett, a divorcée living in Camden, Maine, back in 1916, does all that. As in a fairy tale, you can figure out the ending long before it arrives. Indeed, as soon as the soft-spoken (but repressed) Gabriel Farley shows up to renovate Roberta's house, you know the two will end up together. It's just a matter of time and a few hundred pages. Summer is as pleasant as a tall glass of sweet—if slightly watery—lemonade. (Putnam, $23.95)

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