The author (Walnut Grove; 1964) writes with extreme validity about small town mores and the peculiar nuances of family relationships. However, her landscape is very narrow and her characters small time, regrettably shallow. Here is the Allbright family, a clan gathered waiting for the death of granny, who tenaciously lingers longer than expected. Into the group comes Howard, a very distant cousin, who has in the days since he was last here acquired a small fortune and a young daughter, Deborah. Years ago, he had left behind a ravaged Maurine, now a spinster in charge of the household which includes Bobby Joe and his newly acquired teenage wife Linda Kay. Howard begins to make furtive passes at Linda Kay who seems unbelievably naive considering the True Confessions she devotes time to. Maurine attempts to intervene while Deborah keeps an eye on what she believes is True Romance and writes about her father and Linda Kay in her diary. And the rest of the family watches. Except for Bobby Joe who is usually off coon hunting. But no towering passions here--everything is really resigned to the True Romance level.