This has all the ingredients for a best seller among women readers, particularly these who like Margaret Ayer Barnes' novels, and those of its ilk. Lisa Vale is well drawn, an appealing personality -- a woman with children approaching maturity, with a husband whose externals are impeccable, but who hampers her freedom of act and thought, and with high ideals for her children's standards and a determination to keep her own emotional life free from criticism. The psychology of the situation is adroitly indicated, the situations as they develop, in the children's lives, in her own, suggest parallel situations in many lives. There is that ""recognition quality"" which insures response in most readers. A long book, but pleasantly so -- and satisfactory in its denouement.