A solid, and pleasantly sensible, story of a woman's life reflecting that of Madge Fairlie- as she faces the middle years alone. Indecisive, inconclusive and often inept, Madge had always retired before the often insulting dominance- and negligence- of her husband, and the assurance of their daughter, Margaret, who allied herself with her father. With Fairlie's death, Margaret's marriage to a weakling, Madge goes on independently for the first time. Only in later years does she prove her value to herself- and to others, as during the war she is able to house and help some service couples, and after the war she salvages Margaret's marriage. A substance and a sympathy-more than is usually found in novels of this type, though the audience will be a feminine one.