A verldly, psychologically aware and absorbing woman's novel which co the clinically common problem of sexual anesthesia, transfers it fictionally in story of Cassia and Will Romney. ""A garden barred is my sister, my bride"" -- is remains inaccessible although she loves Will, conscious of her inadequacy which control. Will realizes that the source of Cassia's sexual hostility is her Kate. Refusing at first to admit Kate's control, the coloration of her of men, the discord which she generates between her daughter and son-in-law, Cass frigidity becomes an idee fixe and obsessive. It is only when her marriage is by another woman, that Cassia is freed from her mother's domination and the conflict cleared, happiness reestablished....If sometimes synthetic, fictionally facile this is nonetheless provocative in its problem, its protagonists, along thematic, lines. Too femininely frank for uncontrolled distribution, so watch it.