The story of how a game young woman met the challenge of nine months to live -- and a chance to set her house in order. She had hoped the doctor would say she was pregnant; instead she learned that she had a fatal cancer. She went home, sustained the light front she had always used to offset her homeliness. She faced the fact that her husband, Brad, ignorant of her condition, was falling for Roma, a Czech girl who was his assistant -- and won him back, only in her turn to take Roma in hand to groom her (though she hated her) to be Brad's second wife, and mother to Polly, their child. Not an important book, but with a holding quality. Micely handled, avoiding the irritants of sentimentality or nobleness. For women, a first novel.