This is the second Ruby Ayres book that I have read, the first being Life Steps In. Like that book, this is a traditional old fashioned romance, I guess written between the wars. Although the story does not give any indication of when it was set, it certainly has that between the wars feeling to it. It is a quick read (a couple of hours), about a young girl who is trying after the death of her father to make her way in the world, supporting herself and her grandmother. Linda is young, impressionable and incredibly naïve and it is that naivety which leads her into trouble in this book.
Whilst the story and the mannerisms of the characters may seem extremely dated now, it was a story that I enjoyed. It did make me cringe a couple of times, especially when someone was described as being "a cur". Yes, the characters are stereotypical, especially the shallow gold seeking mother. However, it probably didn't seem that way when the story was first written.
It is an easy to read story, which is fairly predictable - you don't have to think where it is leading at all, but it is perfect if you want that type of read. I paid 99p for it as a daily deal = I really doubt whether I would have paid the £4.68 full price for it - it certainly isn't worth more than 99p.
If you have a penchant for old black and white romantic films then I think you would probably enjoy this read.