A cross between Margery Sharp and Ethel Boileau, this pleasing story of an English-Norwegian family which you can sell as well as rent. Axel, at forty-five, determines to adopt a family and starts with a girl, Auriol, and two boys, Valentine and Knud. the perplexities of raising them are somewhat simplified by the intervention of his best friend and his mother, for Axel, sweet, generous to a fault, is totally unworldly. But as they reach maturity the three turn away from him, each having to live out his own life. Auriol goes to Vienna to study music, Valentine to Gambia after a scandal at Sandhurst, and Knud returns to Norway, his native home, to become a farmer. A nice portrait of two generations, told with understanding and intelligence and a dash of whimsy thrown in.