Against a background of present day manorial life, are traced the lives of three English people and their story makes unusually agreeable reading. Philip, the ""young master,"" the bond between him and his brilliant, neurotic cousin, Meredith, and Meg, engaged to Meredith but loved by Philip -- and finally won by him. There is nothing new in the story but its warm, sensitive quality makes it appealing. Philip's childhood, the land to which he is tied and its management, details about farming, the tenants, the cattle, etc., are handled deftly. A likeable book.