A difficult book to classify, this gentle, genteel recreation of a New England village, handled with sympathy, appreciation, perhaps muted raillery. Here are the cautious, traditional sad slightly malicious townspeople- and Mrs. Luella Pickering, whose blithe and buoyant spirit sets her apart. She had married after 40, breaking an inviolable spinster trio, and conducts her household in haphazard manner, as behooves her unpredictable lovable nature. Then comes a succession of mishaps which momentarily shatter her spirit, but, bit by bit, her faith is restored and contentment reigns again. Quaint picture of an era, a village and an original lady, a book which your conservatives will especially like.