Without the elegant leisure and quality of the Thirkell series, this is none the less a quiet comedy of the minor tempests...

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Without the elegant leisure and quality of the Thirkell series, this is none the less a quiet comedy of the minor tempests in respectable English society, at Water-mouth Regis on the southern coast. The arrival of adventurer Hardy sets in motion the merry-go-round that spins the Portal family on to futures of which they never dreamed. Elizabeth learns she cannot permanently hold the spotlight as the town's leading lady in its operettas; her older daughter, Anna, procrastinates too long in marrying faithful Hubert; her other daughter, Louise, who dreams of romance with Hardy, finds a safer outlet for her affections. There is a Gilbertand and Sullivan first night, a regatta, a lifeboat launching, and a disastrous storm; there is an outpost of Empire widow, a deserving, poor young man, and an ex-musical star to complicate the tangle further...English in character and humor, this is gentle entertainment.

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Publisher: Putnam

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1947