26 MARCH 1927, Page 39

THE PASSIONATE TREE. By Beatrice Sheepshanks. einernann. 7s. 6d.)—This novel

is a moving study of a who, having been repressed throughout childhood and nth, is suddenly faced with •affluence and independence. en Mary Dale is nine, her mother runs away, leaving her to mercy of a stern and pedantic father and a tyrannical erness. Mary grows up ignorant of the world, and, until comes of age and her father dies, she has met no young men rpt Brian Law, with whom as a child she once had surrepti- is meetings while on holiday. Years later Brian, her true I's mate, comes into her life again. He is unhappily rried, and finally Mary yields to his passionate love. In meantime, however, while living with wealthy relatives in don and the country, she has had varied experiences of al life," about the meaning of which she pondered so .ously as a youngster. Miss Sheepshanks has given us not r a series of living portraits, but a novel distinguished for feeling and sensitive writing.