With a nice send-off from England comes this very sincere, very patriotic, and a little labored story of a typical English family at war. Using a good bit of contemporary history (speeches, ordinances, broadcasts, etc.) as background, Raymond has told the story of the Shepherds. It is authentic -- it is poignant at times; one regrets however certain occasions of sentimentality -- the father's rather discomfiting awareness of his daughter's physique. Shepherd is a kindly, thoughtful, sometimes foolish, average man; his wife, a writer of light fiction, is more pretentious than successful; Enid and Peter, the youngsters, are likable. How Peter becomes an anti-aircraft gunner, Enid an ambulance driver, and Shepherd a warden while Mrs. Shepherd retreats to safety in the country, is the substance of the book which closes with Enid's death. Worthwhile.