What happens when a Southern Belle can't have the man she wants and doesn't want the man who's best for her? Scarlett O'Hara has always longed for the unattainable but when her cousin marries the man she loves, she is willing to do anything to win him back. Rhett, a profiteer and a scoundrel, falls in love with her fiery ways but Scarlett is convinced that Ashley is the man for her and continues to woo him despite his marriage to Melanie. Meanwhile, Rhett asks Scarlett to become his mistress and later his wife, but she puts it off until she's had two failed marriages of her own. But when she has a daughter, Rhett's affections focus on the little girl and the couple further drift apart. When the daughter is killed as the result of a horse riding accident, Scarlett realizes the depths of her feelings for Rhett and Rhett realizes that Scarlett is a selfish bitch. The story ends with Scarlett sitting alone in a ruined plantation, plotting for Rhett to come back to her, who really doesn't give a damn.
The setting is the American South at the time of the Civil War. Romance is interspersed with men fighting and people dying and general poverty in order to keep the saccharine elements of the story from becoming too overwhelming. Readers will love the touch of humor included such as Scarlett wearing a dress made from a curtain in order to appear well-to-do. The book would work well as a musical.
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