In what is reminiscent of the earlier Klempner books (Once Around the Block etc.) rather than the more recent, more cosmopolitan Letter to Five Wives, this is an appealing, affecting story of two sisters, their six children, and their manless solidarity. First Nora, who married Jackie at 16, because she had to, and because she loved him, loses him first to the local bars, then to the midwest as a family is too much for him. Then Sue, whose husband Walter had been killed overseas, gives up the twins she did not want to her mother-in-law and takes up singing with small-time bands. Given a job by Oaz Casswell, Sue falls in love with his restless, gentle charm, thinks she loses him because of the twins- rather than because of her desertion of them- and then finds he is a family man at heart, ready to take over not only hers but Nora's, when Jackie dies....A bright, facile touch and engaging characterization give this an edge on fiction in a field that is largely feminine in its following.