The wife of William Allan Neilson writes of her childhood and girlhood in Germany, and it is a rich, personal record of a warmhearted, sentimental era and people, which today is perhaps forgotten by many. The book is tranquil, graceful, gentle, with almost no external action and an abundance of description of customs and people and her own household. Her father, a liberal lawyer, who founded the Democratic party in Germany, attracted a good many artists and intellectuals to his home. In addition, her innumerable relatives helped to liven the days. Summers in Switzerland, in France, a year in England; people of all kinds and classes, affectionately remembered; early fancies, emotions, ideas. All this makes up a sensitive recapturing of days gone by, perhaps to be most welcome to older readers.