Deborah Brent had run away with a ""foreigner"" from ""The Flats"" (a first generation American from the wrong side of the tracks) and her name was anathema to the family had ""disgraced""....Then -- after four marriages -- the final one ending in divorce, she comes back to settle down in the old family home, next door to her brother. She serves as a catalyst in the hidebound New England village, bringing to head issues long dormant and smouldering. She helps one niece dare at intervals to face her own heart. She helps another to discover for herself the differences conflicting backgrounds can make in marriage. She supports an idealistic young minister to hold to his ideals of a working Christianity -- and win. Soul searching of the mores of a tradition-bound community in a palatable story women will like. Public Library branch circulation and rentals primarily.