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The Misconception is a treat from start to finish and is worthy of the keeper shelf."
-- The Romance Reader (five-star review)

I was laughing one minute and crying the next, my way of knowing that this one is a winner!... I have fast become an avid fan of Darlene Gardner and cannot wait to see what she will write next!
 -- The Best Reviews, June 2002

A wonderfully entertaining read that belongs on the keeper shelf, The Misconception wins the WordWeaving Award of Excellence.
-- WordWeaving.com, June 2002

From the Author

Darlene Gardner has more than 30 books in print, from single-title romantic comedies to emotionally charged family dramas.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505524813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505524812
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,650,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

While working as a newspaper sportswriter, Darlene Gardner realized she'd rather make up quotes than rely on an athlete to say something interesting. So she quit her job and concentrated on a fiction career. Visit Darlene on the web at www.darlenegardner.com

Customer Reviews

I've never read this author but, if this is any example, I look forward to her future work.
Margaret
This book was well written, characters were developed, dialogue was witty and funny, but yet I also found it frustrating at times.
Hopeless
I'm referring to the fact that the story got so corny and didn't have an ounce of humor in it.
Mary V.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Biology professor Dr. Marietta Dalrymple planned her pregnancy carefully. She advertised in an academic journal and screened the prospects on the basis of such considerations as their IQ and family medical history. Unconcerned with the prospective sperm donor's physical appearance, Marietta wants her baby to have the best advantages possible for a successful future with health and intellect. Marietta selects Harold McGinty to be the donor, with his high IQ, excellent medical history, and position as a biochemist at a pharmaceutical research facility. She does not know that just before boarding the plan, Harold will have second thoughts. A chance encounter with a high school friend sends Cash Jackson, Jax, in his place.
The exact terms of Harold's proposed encounter with Marietta were not made clear before Jax boarded the D.C. bound plane. Nor does he appreciate Marietta's conviction that sexuality is a biological function and never one truly of the heart. Events sweep him along and he finds himself spending an extraordinary afternoon in Marietta's arms, leaving them both stunned by their connection. Business interrupts Jax, and before he can return to the hotel, Marietta slips away. Jax hires a private investigator, and two months later learns he is about to be a father. Unfortunately, he is under the misconception that Marietta might want him to be a father. And she is under the misconception that he might give up. Indeed, Jax will challenge every concept Marietta believes regarding marriage, relationships, and fatherhood.
Be aware of your surroundings when you read THE MISCONCEPTION. I am not one to laugh out loud while reading very often, but not only did author Darlene Gardner have me giggling and chortling, but by the end of THE MISCONCEPTION I was howling!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Ponder on May 22, 2002
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Scientist Marietta Dalrymple wanted to be a mother. But, as a scientist (and a woman), she did not believe in monogamous males or marriage. So, she makes a contract with an unseen man, who meets all the requirements for the fathering of her future child.
Cash Jackson (Jax) meets up with an old classmate at the airport. The classmate asks Jax to do him a favor. Would Jax let Marietta Dalrymple know he's not coming. And, as Marietta and Jax meet, there's confusion, and consumation...
With the help of a private eye, Jax locates the pregnant Marietta. He then trys to convince Marietta to allow him to be a father to her baby, and her husband. Sceptical scientist, Marietta, wants no part of his plans.
Ms. Gardner does a wonderful job of making the sparks fly between Jax and Marietta. And, she has a very interesting subplot about a secondary couple, which is almost as tantalizing. While, there are light touches of humor, for me, touches of tears, too.
THE MISCONCEPTION could have used a more sensuality, and I wish the book had been longer. I really enjoyed the secondary couple. Finally, the ending was a bit over-the-top, for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blackdog 43 on February 20, 2012
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First time reading this author. I liked the general concept of the story of a woman wanting a child but not wanting the whole package of marriage and love ever after. The heroine seemed a little delusional to real life but it was witty and interesting with both characters and the secondary story of the sister and her seperated relationship with her husband was interesting. Not realistic but interesting. Overall worth the money in my point of view
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By InOhio on March 7, 2012
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The author writes well enough. So I'll give credit that you can read this the whole way through (as opposed to some books I've seen).

This isn't ha-ha funny, so much as uses an unusual plot twist. I'll give credit for the plot twist, but am not sure why reviewers claimed to be laughing out loud or crying at this book? The plot just was not that deep. The characters are flat and a bit insulting and don't evoke that much emotion.

After the first quarter of the book, I got tired of repeatedly reading how the male lead is symetrical and bronze. The female lead is unrelentingly robotic. This could be a good fantasy for frumpy working women who want a bronze, symetrical adonis to fall for them without having to change -- sort of a modern twist on woman traps man in marriage with a baby. But a sad statement on the author's view of intelligent working women and men (or marriage) in general. The saddest statement is in how a 'respected scientist' totally throws out her life's work to pursue justification of her new found 'feminism' at the end.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Isabel on May 26, 2011
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I knew exactly what I was getting myself into when I purchased this book. Easy read. Cute story. I wasn't expecting to be blown away by either the story or the writing but it was entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary V. on October 12, 2013
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While reading the first chapter I thought this was going to be a really good book. The initial plot was interesting and had a lot of possibilities for a funny and interesting story. I should have stopped reading at that point because the story that followed was so bad I was almost embarrassed for the author. I'm not even referring to the fact that in the real world it's pretty unlikely that some Adonis is going to fall madly in love with a frumpy professor (that's improbable but not impossible). I'm referring to the fact that the story got so corny and didn't have an ounce of humor in it. I have no idea what the other reviewers are talking about when they say they laughed and cried while reading this piece of dreck. I felt I was reading a paper that was handed in by some high school student. It was truly one of the worst books I have ever read. Don't waste your time with this one.
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