Bullen uses her own first-hand knowledge of various parts of the world to smoothly move her heroine, Ursula Fraser, daughter of a British colonial, from a privileged childhood in Singapore prior to World War II to postwar England and finally to modern Australia. Ursula spends the war hiding from the Japanese in a native village with her servants. Later, as an orphaned young woman, she is sent to inhospitable, emotionally parsimonious relatives in England. A brief stint as a London governess leads her to an intolerable marriage and flight to Australia to reclaim some derelict inherited property. Tragedy, hostility, forbidden love, and more befall her, but she perseveres and triumphs. A brisk novel of lively dialog, vivid descriptions, and diverse, colorful characters, this will satisfy genre fans; first novelist Bullen successfully utilizes every cliche and coincidence of family sagas.-- Joan Hinkemeyer, Englewood P . L., Col.