Though a contrast in form, this novel bears closer resemblance to the author's best known work, Nocturne, than to anything he has written since. This for the reason that the impression left is that of a study of moods, with jealousy as the dominant factor, in a story of two girls, Beth, endowed with ease and security and beauty, Eliza, hating her environment, rejecting the helping hand, denying the latent powers within herself. The story unfolds itself against the background of a shifting panorama, the town of Seahampton at the period when it was emerging from its crysallis of a forgotten hamlet and becoming a progressive resort of the south coast of England. Not a book for light reading, nor one likely to get a wide popular market, but a book that the thoughtful and discriminating readers among your customers will want to have brought to their attention. Beautifully written.