This is the life story of an interesting person, interestingly told. Rose Hawthorne Lathrop was the daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne and gave evidence in her life of having inherited something of her father's brilliance of intellect and literary ability. A large part of this volume is given over to the painting of the family background against which the later developments in her life stand in bold relief. Her marriage to George Lathrop at an early age proved unfortunate. For, although both of them were converted to the Catholic faith, even that shared experience failed to cement the bond between them, and they eventually separated. With her life at loose ends, Rose Lathrop turned to charitable work and it is this phase of her life which makes it worthy of this biography. Becoming interested in alleviating the condition of those suffering from cancer, Mrs. Lathrop buried herself in the slums of New York, and, now known as Mother Alphonea, started work which developed into the Dominican Congregation of St. Rose of Lima, also known as the Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer. Thus, an unusual personality found her talents devoted to an unusually significant piece of social service. This life story is well told and will be of interest to the general reader of biography as well as the Roman Catholics for whom her life is naturally of especial significance.