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Date set now for this new novel in which Miss Bridge returns to the general public -- and here -- after several years. Her record has been an uneven one:- Peking Picnic, Illyan Spring and Enchanter's Nightshade were all high spots in sales and rentals; her last, Four Part Setting, was a too conversational satire, and limited her audience. This ranks with her better books and has many virtues, all of them pleasing -- picturesque montage, an appealing cast, substantial and often exciting action, and her usual good writing. The scenes shift from the Riviera to Spain of the Civil War. Involved are James Miloom, an English correspondent, Rosemary, 18, observant, saucy and courageous, and a family of Spanish aristocrats, who despite their Fascist tendencies have sufficient charm to redeem them. Milocm, liberal by conviction, takes on the cause of the Condesa de Verdura first out of pity, then out of love. He brings her to the Riviera hotel where Rosemary is summering, and Rosemary gives sympathetic support to her love for Milcom. Plenty of drama in the attempts to locate the missing brother, member of the underground, in Milcom's experiences in Spanish jails, in his renunciation of the Condesa, and finally an end to the search at a border grave. Nicely finished romance and adventure, which should make it good escape reading and a sure seller and renter. Serialized under title Adios, Adios.

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 1942
Publisher: Little, Brown