Another good biography by Mrs. Vance recreates as background the period of the ""flowering of New England"" and its aftermath, as the story of Hawthorne's daughter, Rose, is told. Here was a turbulent life, from an exciting childhood in Europe, and in New England, where her father moved in literary and diplomatic circles, through her marriage to George Lathrop with its moments of erratic instability and clashing temperaments, of tragedy in the loss of their son, and the emotional turmoil involved before their conversion to Catholicism. They separated and Rose turned to the field where she made a name for herself, in nursing the incurable cancer cases of New York's lower east side. And finally, after taking religious orders, Rose, now Mother Alfonsa, achieved her goal in the founding of the Rosary Hill Home for the sick. A realistic handling of adult problems in a biography that has definite appeal to girls interested in a life of service. For others, the portrait of a period and the meeting with familiar figures (the Alcotts, Margaret Sydney, Emma Lazarus and others) has its own reward.