Above average, but still ranking as ""woman's stuff"". It is the story of a managing woman, who learns to love power and money, and after forty finds her hands empty and her children intent on their own ways. She forces her husband to meet her demand that they live apart and takes over his store and runs it successfully; but on his return, he wins her son from her domination, and brings out his weaknesses of drink, women and obstinacy. From that point her world crashes, and eventually, after everything has failed her, she makes a fresh start, with a business in opposition to that of the son, now in control of his father's store -- and she proves that even in the late 19th century, women made a place for themselves in the field of business. Changing social and family patterns in a story of inner and outer conflict, ending on a note of hope.