A thoroughly warm, human, 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 standards from ""Gram"". She picks up odd jobs where she can, and becomes the protegee of the Stevens, farming folk, whose hired man, the Frank, is greatly taken with her, while she, really in love with him, is determined to preserve her virtue. But troubles pile up -- Frank sticks to his ""short of marrying"" stand -- and Carey succumbs. When fine twins are the outcome, he relents, and Carey gets her man. Hardly ""Public Library Recommends"" -- but a good job.