by Florence Whipple Simmons
Felice, the heroine narrator of this novel, is a young married woman of radiant personality. Her account reflects this quality as she describes her quest for happiness in the social whirl of the ambitious Old Guard, descendants of the Puritan elite, in a fictional New England city.
The routines of the "mousie doily race," so termed and protested by her husband Philip—equally ambitious but intent upon broader horizons—finally catapult her into new scenes and totally unexpected situations.
Confronted by dangers in surroundings that call forth resources of courage she had not realized she possessed, she daringly answers to the greatest of all challenges. As she does so, she gains a faith and convictions about God that lead to her fulfillment.