My Next book….question

As I write my next book about sibling rivalry, I have two questions. Is it plausible that – in today’s current world – a father can dictate to whom his sons will marry? Is is plausible that – in today’s world – a thirty year old man would give up passion and the woman he loves ( a young woman from South New Jersey without any money) and marry a long-time girlfriend where there is no passion and he doesn’t love (the Main Line Philadelphia Heiress) in order to succeed his father at his father’s business empire?

Wealthy, Old Man Arthur Bosch, self-made man from the Midwest now residing along the Main Line of Philadelphia, wants to retire. He has seven children, six with four wives, and one from a love affair. Of the three sons most capable of taking over his company, Graham Parker, illegitimate son, is the logical choice. However, Old Man Bosch wants Graham to marry into a well-established Main Line Family (as he has done with his two eldest daughters and plans for his three sons). Graham wants the pretty young secretary that works for the family company. If Graham doesn’t marry his long-time girlfriend, he won’t succeed his father. Graham’s two other half-brothers want Graham to choose the secretary, leaving room for them to succeed their father. However, Old Man Bosch threatens the other son, Neal, that if can’t keep the pretty secretary away from Graham, he won’t get his father’s job.

Any suggestions?


9 thoughts on “My Next book….question

  1. I’m being nit-picky, but there’s one word that doesn’t seem right in your description, Ellen, and that word is heiress. IMHO, I don’t think of that word to describe young woman whose families are successful and who happen to live on the Main Line. All week, I’ve been trying to think of a different word. Haven’t found it yet, but for some reason, I thought I should throw that out to you.

    Is it plausible for a father to dictate who his sons should marry? And for a young man to marry for love and not money? I’d say yes, absolutely.

    Hope this helps!


  2. It is just as plausible for a father to dictate who his son will marry, as it is for mother to do so. And if the son goes for the bait (inheritance, job, etc.) then the secretary should thank God she didn’t make the mistake of marrying somone so fickle.


    • Thank you for the comment. Well, I guess you read my mind, or the rough draft of my next novel. It’s almost complete and the secretary has evolved into someone smarter than the rest.


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