Not a novel but a collection of short stories, novelettes and sketches. The first novelette, McLeod's Felly, deserves to appear alone, for it is almost a full-bodied novel, and Bromfield has put into it the best of his gift for situations, characterization, and background. Unfortunately, one feels that at the end he rushed his fences, and took a lazy way out of the situation he had created, with the result that the story doesn't quite come off. Good Time Bessie is the best heart-string-jerker in the lot, only story with a real emotional pull. Bitter Lotus was the long short story which formed a springboard for The Rains Came. There are nine stories in all, and they show Bromfield at his worst and at his best, but from the final analysis he emerges as at best a good craftsman rather than a great writer. However, the Bromfield name is a sales and rental builder, so don't label it Short Stories and pass it by.