REST AND BE THANKFUL by Helen MacInnes

REST AND BE THANKFUL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Literary Guild selection for September will push this into higher quantity brackets than even first rate hammock reading rates. For that is what this is- and in a field with few contenders, it should do well, for the public wants pleasant reading, with credible characters and recognizable settings. Two women, Mrs. Peel, a widow and well-to-do (or so she believes), and her younger friend, Sarah Bly, lately escaped from the perils of wartime Europe where they'd long made their home, have come back to an America they scarcely know. En route to California, fate sidetracks them at a Wyoming ranch, and the allure of the island ranch house wins them to settling down there. The story then follows the effect of ""Rest and Be Thankful"" on each of the members of a strange literary houseparty, shepherded by Prender Atherton Jones, critic and pseudo literary light. Romance grows out of it- people learn to know themselves better- there's bitterness and disillusionment- but chiefly there is growth and achievement of one sort or another. The aura of the western ranch life is on the periphery, never wholly realized, but pleasantly setting the stage for the story.

Pub Date: Aug. 8th, 1949
Publisher: Little, Brown