Pennsylvania in 1850 and after, as the author's grandparents presumably lived. Sparkling local color, lively family relations and some very sweet young girls round out this pleasant story. Martha Jane, eldest of a large family, is mother's ""right hand"" girl. She sews buttons, wipes babies, bakes cookies, with never a complaint (her working hours would astonish a young girl of today). Father rules the family somewhat firmly, Mother, tenderly, and the hotel they run together, as well as the family life, is a success. There is a happy ending with matrimony for Martha Jane. Young girls perhaps will not object too much to this goody-goody heroine because of the absorbing period setting.