A thoroughly warm, human and appealing story of the light-fingered, slack and shiftless Browns, and of Carey who determined to fight her way up and clear of the stigma of ""no-good trash"". The setting is rural New England, probably Maine? Carey is proud, independent, resolute, inheriting certain standards from ""Gram"". She picks up odd jobs where she can, becomes the protegÃ‰e of the Stevens, farming folk, whose hired man, amorous Frank, is greatly taken with her. She is really in love with him, but determined to preserve her virtue, while he sticks to ""short of marryin'"" stand until Carey succumbs. When fine twins are the outcome, his masculine pride makes him relent -- and Carey gets her man. Extremely well done, in its class -- but outspoken to a point of shocking the susceptibles, and definitely not Public Library fare.