Books: Beauty In Distress

GALLOWS' ORCHARD—Claire Spencer— Cape & Smith ($2.50).

This is Author Spencer's first novel, yet it has been chosen by the Book-of-the-Month Club for April in preference to such books as Author Elizabeth Madox Roberts' The Great Meadow (TIME, March 3).* Book-of-the-Month selectors defend their choice by comparing Gallows' Orchard to the work of the late great Robert Louis Stevenson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Thomas Hardy.

Heroine Erne Gallows is an orphaned Scotch girl, strong, passionate, beautiful. From her sailor father she inherits a reckless temper, an honest eye. The villagers mistrust her independence; they get...

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