A long quiet English family novel, with some charming moments and gentle humor -- a nice story of various members of the family and the courses they follow. There is Anthea, very-much-a-spinster, who is none the less married to Marwood, and finds herself mistress of a house she cannot run, but who manages to present the family with twins and take the servant question in hand. Then there is Christine, whose marriage comes a cropper; and Penelope who takes her sister's child. The war scare and the Munich pact bring the family together again, and all ends happily. A pleasant book.