A tremendous, feminine novel full of woman's woes. Hannah Denby, backbone of her family, forced by finances and Philip Denby's semi-blindness to live in a summer colony near New York City during the winter, finds that the year which she so dreaded has deepened the ties of the family group, and that each member has met and conquered the forces which were fighting against him. There was Philip, her husband, bitter and alone in his infirmity, who renewed his hope and vision, deciding to stay with his country practice; Sammy, the irrepressible young against, now planning confidently for the future; lovely Cynthia, wiser for having been desired passionately, secure in the meaning of real affection; Duncan fighting off the deadly grip of infantile paralysis; and Hannah herself, who in experimenting with college teaching and writing lends a courageous spirit to the family and fattens the reffers. And there is Tim, a crippled veteran, soon to die, who contributes his gentle and serene companionship. Unfortunately this well-known juvenile author has not trained her sights away from the constricted emotional range in that field- too many tremors.