Once again Ireland is the background for another story of the Catholics so well portrayed in Without My Cloak and The Ante Room. This has much the same charm of presentation, impressions of Irish problems, linked to world issues, but the story of Matt Costello's fleeing from a lost love to find peace in his homeland is slimmish. He has lost touch with the traditional ways -- a long standing romance flowers again -- and Matt returns to loneliness and London. Delightful picture of an Irish family, well written, but as a novel not ""top drawer."" The Catholic problem plays less part than in the other books.