Yeoman (rather, yeowoman) and aristocratic Philadelphia--plus the 1876 Centennial Exposition--make up the cheerful setting for this latest Carr romance, as always studded with cherished familiars: bright girls and bad girls; men both nasty and noble; rags that transmogrify into riches; dramatic confrontations, and a bit of sex. Here, a family of women get just (and generally rewarding) deserts. In 1859, Emily Armstrong, mother of one tot and birthing another, was deserted by rotten husband Ned to quite possibly expire in a waterfront shack. But she was saved by a kind midwife and, 18 years later, runs a neat, proper boardinghouse with her daughters, sensible Lilly and sly, vain Patricia. Before the girls' grandmother--thrice-married, rich Amanda (now Lady Nesbitt)--arrives from England to be reunited with Emily, the daughter she'd quarrelled with years before, trouble has been brewing. Patricia, determined to marry ""up,"" is seduced by rakish Dale, whose father had cheated Amanda out of her house when poverty struck. Amanda, a true old-family lady from Philadelphia, sets things right. But there are still frustrated lovers: Lilly's Andrew is married to a mad wife; and Emily can't marry her Wyoming rancher because Ned is still at large. Naturally, at the close, all love knots are neatly tied. A reliable Carr commodity--plump and comfy.