This is a novel with quite an absorbing plot and interesting character delineation. Rev. Lawrence Hearne had served for over twenty years as vicar of a small Anglican parish in England. It had been a hum-drum existence resolving itself finally into the mere going through of the motions expected of the clergy and meanwhile struggling to maintain a bare existence for himself, his wife and daughter on the meagre salary provided. Then came a sentence of death pronounced by his physician- a serious heart ailment with at most a year to live. The story has to do with this last year in Hearne's life. Living as he was in the realization that his days were numbered, this Milquetoast of a pastor met with unwonted courage and vision the problems that came up- ethical questions affecting his wife- the clash of ambition for his daughter's musical career with his lack of resources to further it- an invitation to preach at the Cathedral and its startling results. A book which one finds difficult to put down until it is finished. Fine insights as to the nature of true religion- but not namby-pamby.