by LaVyrle Spencer

October 1979
ISBN: 0-380-47084-5
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Mass Market Paperback

Jonathon Gray and his wife Mary have tried unsuccessfully for 7 years to have a baby. Jonathon fears that a childhood case of the mumps rendered him sterile. Jonathon is desperate not only for an heir, but also to give Mary the child she wants so very badly, so he asks his brother, Aaron, the unthinkable - would he be the father to their baby?

At first, Aaron and Mary are shocked and hurt by Jonathon's idea. The 3 of them share the home and farm they live on and in the 7 years they have lived together, neither Aaron nor Mary has entertained any feelings for each other besides friendship. But Jonathon has planted a seed that takes root and Aaron and Mary cannot look at each other in the same way any longer. Jonathon even gives his wife and brother the opportunity and space possible to carry out the deed by leaving for a trip.

Aaron and Mary cannot deny the passion they feel for each other, but can they possibly give in to their feelings when Mary is married to Jonathon? And how will their lives change if they do? They are caught in a bizarre love triangle, where they see no escape without someone getting hurt.

The Fulfillment had an original plot that caught me up in the story from the very first page. Even though I knew all would be resolved in the end, I couldn't see how and that kept me turning the pages. LaVyrle Spencer did an excellent job at portraying the characters and as strange as they may seem, the reader could understand the motivation behind Jonathon's actions.

LaVyrle Spencer's depiction of life on a farm in the early 1900's was full of details that had me captivated. The reader learns everything from how the meals were prepared to how the land was farmed. The daily work involved just to survive and the trials of Mary and Aaron's lives was extremely interesting and gave me an insight to that time period I did not have before reading The Fulfillment.

If I have any complaint regarding The Fulfillment, it would be that Mary didn't seem to take her marriage vows seriously. She didn't seem to have any guilt over sleeping with her brother-in-law. However, since her husband gave her "permission", it's easy to understand why she wouldn't have much remorse over committing adultery. Despite this criticism, The Fulfillment kept my interest, was easy to become involved in and hard to put down.

Reviewed in January 2002 by Nicole.

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