This is another one in Jane Duncan's add-a-pearl series and even though it is physically set on the tropical island of St. Jago, where Twice is recovering from his second heart attack, it commutes back and forth to the Reachfar of her childhood, the loss of which, along with Twice's illness, depresses Janet. Actually most of the book, remnants which are stitched together at the end, consists of retrospectives of her youth as one familiar face after another turns up-- Violetta, with a child and without a husband; an at first disagreeable dowager, Lady Hallinzeil, and her companion, a secret sot; Kathleen, a singer. Janet's involvement in Lady Hallinzeil's interrupted marriage (and the identity of her husband's mistress) makes the story, such as it is, adhere. It is the twelfth of these kindly chronicles and ""Och away""-- you know where. Miss Duncan must have friends.