A psychological record of the adjustment one wife and mother made to a husband's absence in time of war. Married to an Englishman, she was left to keep the home and family together before her own New England became really war conscious. The thread of incident and personalities, of children and servant and helpful (when not or critical) neighbors, runs through the searching analysis of the psychological problems of loneliness, sense of innacurity; the steps towards making over a life and yet retaining the bone, of giving the children what they must have, playing a part in the community, and going through with it. There is good sound stuff here, which will help many in like instances, but the method of presenting it gives a sense of artificiality and occasionally of sentimentality. She can write -- and there are some very fine and parts that repay the reading.