By now the Sterling family of West Farms (Yonkers) has been chronicled in several volumes since The Keeping Days (1973). Readers familiar with fifteen-year-old Tish Sterling's turn-of-the-century journal will find references to past events popping up pleasantly, while newcomers may be curious enough to pursue them. Tish's deliberate, period style has a convincing earnestness that makes believable--if not vivid--West Farms' dubious exhibition of Christian charity toward Mary Lou Hodge's out-of-wedlock baby, Mom and Pa's quarrels about running the family secretarial school, and Tish's concern about her writing. Absent boyfriend Kenneth Lapham provides encouragement via the post as Tish tries--awkwardly--to right some wrongs and cope with church, peers, and the groves of academe. Well-paced and warming.