11 DECEMBER 1909, Page 23

Susanna and Sue. By Kate Douglas Wiggin. (Hodder and Stoughton.

3s. 6d.)—This is a short but very charming sketch of an American wife who, to escape from an unsatisfactory husband, takes refuge with her little girl in a Shaker colony. It is perhaps hardly fair to say what the result of living among a colony of godly people who disapprove of marr;.ge is on the mind of the truant wife; but at any rate the absence of Susanna has an admirable effect upon the errant husband. He is converted to better ways, and the end of the story is entirely satisfactory. The charm of the book, however, resides in the scenes which are passed in company with Eldress Abby, Elder Daniel Gray, and especially with Brother AnseL