A story with no humor, some charm and lots of earnestness. Do you remember The Ladies, her previous novel, one of the runners-up in the 1933 Harper Prize Novel Contest? -- This errs in the other direction, by introducing too many plot threads into small compass, where that spun out a tenuous tale on slim foundation. The one-day compass results in a rather kaleidescopic effect, and in evasion of coming to grips with the story. Readable -- well written -- unimportant.