Lenora Mattingly Weber Zena Sutherland - Essay

Zena Sutherland

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

A protagonist familiar to Katie Rose fans, younger sister Stacy Belford takes a summer job as driver-helper to an elderly man [in How Long Is Always?]…. Stacy has the usual problems of adapting to a new situation, falling in love with an older man, trying to thaw her employer's wife. The events are natural and realistic, although the book lacks the warmth of the Belford family stories; the characterization and story line are adequate, the writing marred by a trick that is overdone: Stacy has trouble with long words … and this becomes a bit cute. Stacy also exhibits occasional gaps in knowledge or intelligence that don't quite ring true. (p. 186)

Zena Sutherland, in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (© 1970 by the University of Chicago; all rights reserved), July-August, 1970.

Sure an' you'll be longin' for the sound of Granda O'Byrnes' brogue, the latest of the Belford chronicles [Hello, My Love, Goodbye] being low in lovable schmaltz, high in TV trauma. Optimistic extrovert Stacy, now seventeen, is manhandled by a boozy has-been and "this shameful and degrading experience" is aggravated by the failure of her assorted boy friends to assure her she couldn't be taken for "that kind of girl."… This one's not so easy to laugh off. (p. 181)

Kirkus Reviews (copyright © 1971 The Kirkus Service, Inc.), February 15, 1971.