My first suprise with this book was that it was Set in England in the thirties - I had only read Renault's novels set in ancient times and loved them and just picked this up b/c she wrote it. As it turns out this was her first novel - written in the 30s and given that-it is very good. She tells the story of Vivian and Mic both working in the rigid hospital life of that era - but living a life outside the hospital that was a lot more passionate. Abortion, unfaithfulness,emotional angst and sexual themes in the book kept me reading and I would probably read it again. The grim and dark feeling that the book left me with is probably what is influencing my lower rating.