A story of marital problems and emotional upset and reconciliation. Though the first half of the book deals with Dr. Norman's first marriage, the main interest lies in the unfolding of the pattern of his second marriage, after Irene's death, to Judith, who wants to be loved for herself, and not as his image of her. She tries to make him see their marriage as a partnership; the problems conveyed are very real ones, not definitely black and white, but subtly balanced. The marriage almost breaks, as Judith leaves him -- to set herself straight, and he realizes where the fault has been and how much he needs her. One could wish the person of the mother-in-law had been more realistically handled; the other characterizations are good. But the interest is primarily in the psychological situations which are deftly handled. Rentals, largely.