Barnard's first book, Revelry by Night, -- and now this second, both show him adapt at that difficult genre of light love, in smart Metropolitan manner, with more substance than most, and with artful handling of characters that ring true as the sort of people it might be fun to know, with dialog that might-have-been. George and Abby, upper social bracket, count five years married and many more spoiled. George, honest, well meaning, limited, sees the light when his brokerage house fails, and wakes to his social conscience, accepting a poorly paid job working for China relief. Abby stays along for a time, tenement and all, and then, briefly, turns to an ex-beau, John, a main chancer and a snob. George reciprocates in kind, but when the war breaks out and George enlists, they come together again. Likeable, believable, with a neat, smart finish. Rentals.