This book, originally written "just for the family" by a stay-at-home mom in the 1940's, has now sold over 50,000 copies and, I think, is worthy to be counted a classic. I would give it nine stars out of ten--it's the kind of book that you want to read again and again.
The story revolves around Eleanor Stewart, an orphan who lives with her wealthy aunt Ruth. Aunt Ruth is a stern disciplinarian, but she and Eleanor get along tolerably well. Eleanor has an interest in medical research, and hopes to pursue a career in that direction. While she is in college, her aunt becomes very sick and dies. She leaves all her money to Eleanor--but there is a catch. Aunt Ruth wrote in her will that she would like Eleanor to use the money for research. Eleanor would inherit the money on her twenty-fifth birthday, but only if she did not get married before then. When Eleanor first learns of this, she is content to wait...but then she meets and falls in love with Chad Stewart (yes, they share a last name). Now Eleanor is faced with a struggle. Should she marry Chad and forget about the inheritance, or wait to marry him until after her twenty-fifth birthday? Or could they be married secretly?
Eleanor thinks she has all the answers, but she didn't reckon with God. When tragedy strikes and a sudden plot twist enters, she is forced to give up everything she had counted on. Is she willing to submit her life to Christ, no matter what the consequences?
This book has all the best characteristics of a truly good book: lifelike characters, a gripping plot, engaging writing, and, best of all, a happy ending...but I won't spoil it for you.
I own a copy of Not My Will, so if you would like to borrow it, let me know!