This book could have been called something like “After Happily Ever After” (although I’m sure there are probably other books or movies with that title) because it chronicles that part of life/marriage when the fairy tale ends. How many young girls want so much to get married, only to discover that married life is not all it’s cracked up to be? Especially when money is tight, and especially when you’re married during a time when it wasn’t “fashionable” for a married woman to continue to work outside of the home to help support the family.
The story revolves around the married life of Marie and Osborn Kerr, a very much in love young and beautiful couple who, like most young lovers, knew they would always be ecstatically happy and in love as long as they were together. But trying to live on one salary (which had been plenty for a bachelor) and on top of that having children, takes its toll on both the breadwinner and the bread-baker.