Books: No Shirker

BELIEVE THE HEART—Raymond Holden —Holt ($2.50).

Believe the Heart is the 497-page study —a good deal more interesting than the people it presents—of the slow maturing of Leda Fillmore, and of her relationships with 1) the memory of her dead husband, 2) her newborn son, 3) a difficult mother-in-law, 4) a wise obstetrician, 5) a somewhat crass young lawyer, 6) off-stage troubles in the steel company she has inherited. She marries the lawyer, who is inadequate as a substitute for her first husband, and wins the helpful advice and abiding friendship of the doctor....

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