Adequately accomplished ladies' magazine contributor with a novel of a New England small town and two people with trouble in their pasts. Jim had lost his wife, Helen, and at 89 was gradually getting over the shock of her death. Alden Blake, sensitive, reserved and now secretary to a friend, he remembers intuitively as a child of eight whom he had seen during one of the crimes celebres of the era -- when her father shot her mother. He hides his knowledge, accepting her as Alden Blake -- and not the Honora Brooks she had been; he tells her he loves her, but cannot break down her reserves. And then her mother reappears, a drug and drink addict, and dies, leaving Alden free to marry Jim. Predigested, but palatable at that. Rentals chiefly.