This is a great story on many levels; both Clay Forrester and Catherine Anderson have to grow up before they can make a long-term commitment to each other. The story is unique in that it opens with an enraged father going to the fabulous home of the young man who has impregnated his daughter.
The angry father is an alcoholic abuser who 'thinks his ship has come in.' He wants to soak the wealthy family but Catherine will have nothing to do with helping her father get a monetary settlement from the Forresters.
The story is dated in that it talks about homes for unwed mothers; drinking alcohol during pregnancy and the concept that contraception was considered the woman's responsibility. However, this was the norm when this takes place (early 1980's). However, the story is timeless because of the emotions involved in this complex and satisfying story.