A sensitive novel of the world within and the world without Francesca, a minister's wife whose vitality, perception, honesty keeps her at odds with her position in the small town. A clarity of insight, a style of word distillation, puts this in a specialised market rather than the popular novel field. Francesca is beset by many problems, by the fear that Mary, the town's wealthy woman, thinks her a thief, by the knowledge that Mary's brother Henry is attracted to her, by the fact that her husband feels another kind of love for a young singer. Driven to soul searching, she goes the wrong way. Her guilt compels her to leave her husband and her emptily safe life. For the Mansfield, Porter. Bowen audience.