Another comfortable excursion into the further life of The Farmer Takes a Wife as they build a new house to replace the one that had burned. The story of the new place is well anecdoted by the story of the old place and the people who lived in it. Here are the , but humorous accounts of the family's discovery of Poland Water and water divining; here are the author's recriminations against the one horse open sleigh, his ideas on harnessing children's energy, his feelings about apples, baked beans, pies, snow, here most of all are stories of his forebears, their vigorous activities and personalities. It is the story too of a tradition, Maine way; of the roots of home life, that has a fine acidulous entertainment value. For those who know the earlier books, and for those who do not, but who like their humor dry, and pointed.