More fully and capably developed than the expected renter -- this thoroughly realistic and readable book which women will surely like. This is the story of a career girl, who left a small backwater New England town to work in New York, and who succeeded in putting a small cosmetics firm on the map, launching a new line of beautifiers under her own name (the Karin invented for her career, the Ellis acquired by marriage to an undisciplined young artist). Comes the first world war -- and when Jeff returns, he finds himself overshadowed by Emily's career and salary, and eventually they are divorced. A second marriage to a weakling goes on the rocks, ending in his suicide. And Emily, now forty, faces success at the cost of husband and children.