A family piece which is also a companionable one, this tells of the four Button sisters and their isolated life at Marshwood, serene, ageless and manless. The peace at Marshwood is however broken when twin babies are left on their doorstep, and although it is Linnie, the gentlest and weakest- who wants them, it is Connie who acquires them legally. And with the marriage of Octavia, the youngest, to Win, the composer who couldn't support her, again an intruder comes to Marshwood. As the years pass it is Connie who directs them all, but evades her own attraction to Brace, a professor. But with the death of the eldest sister, the depression and the loss of Marshwood, Connie makes her terms with Brace- and there is the faithful Henry for Linnie... A comfortable, substantial portrait of four women which reflects the fundamental drives of their sex, this is pleasant reading and a book for rentals, some sales.