This tutti frutti tale of life among the laughable is really not very funny even though it tries, oh yes, very hard. It all starts when Amelia, a very determined woman whose red hair reflects her spirit--""sleep when you're old,""--decides that her brainy niece Sally is spending too much time in the college library or discussing poetry with anemic young men. Among the characters dragged into the campaign to jolt Sally into a physical awareness are Amelia's husband Jason, a man long accustomed to his wife's projects, North Winchester, ""the man without a flaw"" and ex-flame of Amelia's, Mark Blackwell, gridiron hero and frustrated suitor of Sally, and the more trusted members of Amelia's bridge club. The plan works but unfortunately for Amelia, Sally becomes seduced by ""a snake,"" John Snively who is also a fortune hunter. The latter half of the book deals with the complicated attempts to redirect Sally into the ever strong, ever waiting arms of Mark Blackwell. But it's not binding...it's a bore.