SWEET AND WHOLESOME.
"The Guardianship of Gabrielle," by Evelyn Everett-Green. Hutchinson & Co., London (Robertson Proprietary Adelaide). Previous books from this pleasant wri-
ter's pen have been well received, and the recital of Gabrielle's experiences may be expected to meet with similar favour. The girl's romantic history is told in the early chapters, and the bulk of the story is taken up with her life as heiress to a vast un- expected fortune. The bequest came ac- companied by a private diary of the testa- tor, her great uncle, and peculiar coinci- dences arise. Pretty love stories in which Gabrielle is involved are engagingly told. A villain, of blackest hue is suitably punished, and several damsels, all more or less beautiful, marry the men of their choice, except one who goes in for horse- farming. Society life in a London season is described, and there is a considerable amount of anti-socialistic talk, which in- sists, nevertheless, on the duties of the rich to the poor. One cannot help accusing Miss Everett-Green of a "purpose" in her latest book, but the purpose is well worked in with the plot, and conveys a timely truth. It was not Leap Year during the time of the story, but at least two ot the girls, who are titled young ladies, have to give their timorous but adoring swains a lead over the matrimonial fence. It was neatly and maidenly done, and the young men were neither of them backward in their response. Altogether, the book is readable, sincere, and of good tone.