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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: #3,997,053 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

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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Buckeye 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dafna Yee on February 23, 2012
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I enjoyed reading Misconception very much both for its main plot where Marietta, who is a repressed and frumpy Biology professor, contracted with an unknown "sperm supplier" to have sex with her until she conceived a child and who then would disappear from the child's life. There was a case of mistaken identity and Jax, a dead-ringer for Adonis, who knew nothing of the contract (and grew up without a father), spent hours with Marietta, but when he left, she disappeared without a trace. When Jax learned Marietta was pregnant, he hired a private detective, found her, and set out to convince her to marry him. In the subplot, Marietta's sister, Tracy, had left her husband, Ross, nine months before when she and Marietta thought they caught Ross cheating. The dialogue was both funny and believable and the writing was very good. The book could have used an editor, though, because there were quite a few mistakes (e.g., "shock observers" instead of "shock absorbers"). However, even the mistakes didn't take away from the mood and flow of the story. The characters in the story all had well-rounded personalities and the imagery was very vivid. If you are looking for a light-hearted, romance then I recommend that you try this book.
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