A much better than average first novel, and a novel that should appeal to those who liked Time at Her Heels and Walk Humbly. Two families intermarry, and the story follows the fortunes of various members of the family, through the ups and downs of fate and fortune, chiefly through the eyes of Janey, who becomes the old maid aunt needed by everyone. An interesting picture of life and viewpoints in a small New England town, not far from Boston, from 1911 to the present. Not a consistently motivated plot, but a plot that lies inherent in the characters, in the unfolding of their lives, in their impact one on another. Not a book for those seeking fast paced action, but for those who enjoy the quiet revelation of lives of people such as one might know.