Miss Boden (author of The House By The Sea, 1962, p. 690, J-210), seems to view rural life in Wales through a veil of rose petals and saccharine perfume. Even when menacing foxes decapitate young Nest's chickens, the girl seems to weep gently. In fact, here is this land of kind, old men and loving children, all is gentleness. The reader cries out for at least one character who will react with intensity to at least one happening. But, alas, sweet ""Bliss"" pats everyone on his head, and the reader has nearly been killed with kindness by the time he sets the volume aside--ently.