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Changes and chances
Elmblad, Mary.
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New York : Viking, 1990.
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Booklist Review

In this sequel to All Manner of Riches [BKL Je 1 87], fictional Cassie Taylor Steele, having shrugged off her humble rural beginnings, faces ever more complex pressures and challenges as an attorney and the wife of Oklahoma senator Dixon Steele in the conservative 1950s. Shortly after being elected to Congress, Dix is murdered by southern segregationists. Cassie, asked to complete her husband's term in office, accepts and begins a life of politics and passion, with a new love interest, oil tycoon Mark Cameron. Readers will breeze through this undemanding formula romance. Marred by a self-conscious style and overly familiar events, the novel nonetheless will win fans with its appealing heroine and buoyant love story. --Mary Banas

Publisher's Weekly Review

Cassandra Taylor Steele, the heroine of Elmblad's All Manner of Riches, has settled into domestic bliss with her family on their farm in Eastern Oklahoma, content to encourage her husband's Congressional career in the Kennedy administration. When Dixon Steele is cut down by the violence of desegregation, Cassie is appointed to finish his term, winning a subsequent second term on her own. The Kennedy and Johnson eras were indeed a dynamic period for national politics, yet Elmblad seems to suggest that blonde Cassie is the only woman in Congress (there are actually 17). But Cassie never meets with any of them to discuss politics, seek a mentor, or even have lunch. The children of this fully empowered but dim-witted dame benefit from private schools, a live-in mother's helper, and doting grandparents, leaving Cassie luxuriously free to ponder whether she should select sophisticated Bostonian Eliot Peabody or oilman Mack Cameron to fill her late husband's shoes. The political climate of the '60s serves mostly as a superficial backdrop in the author's treatment; readers can rest assured that when a secret from Cassie's past unravels her career, a good man is waiting with open arms. 25,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved