The years of emotional development and decision for Josie Colcord provide a comfortable, recognizable, and occasionally effusive first novel and follow Josie from the time when she goes to college through the war. Wide-eyed and open-hearted, Josie leaves the steady friendship with Barry Jamison- with whom she shares perhaps too much in common behind her, and so- when she meets Link Frankel, the brother of a college friend, he offers a different kind of attraction. Both Barry and Link join the service-and Josie gets a government job in Washington- but she is unready for marriage and also unable to make up her mind- or rather heart. An engagement to Barry is only a gesture, and both recognize that it will probably go no further. And when Link is reported missing, it establishes her feelings- and his return after internment as a prisoner brings the assurance that she loves him.... Suggestively autobiographical, these young years have a healthy tone and a sentimental timbre.