If not as ingratiating as They Were Sisters (1944), this is still comfortable, leisurely reading and tells of the Hunters and the Lockwoods. Because of Mr. Lockwood, and his sharp dealings, Mrs. Hunter- newly widowed- was to lose the value of her inheritance and through the years both she and her children are exposed to the patronizing gestures of benevolence of the Lockwoods. It is only Thea, of the three children, who defies the domination of the Lockwoods, manages to go to France for a year but is dismissed from the school where she is teaching, for an innocent involvement. Back in England, Thea tells off Mrs. Lockwood, and with the help of the devoted Oliver the Hunters' finances become more affluent. It is Oliver also who uncovers the deception Mr. Lockwood had practised on the helpless Mrs. Hunter and Thea has her revenge- though it goes further than she had wanted. Companionable, conservative reading- for women- and for rent rather than sales.