The end of World War I reunites Jack Harte and his best friend, Barney Daly, with the women who have been awaiting their return in Dublin, but the reunion is marred by Barney's girlfriend, Sarah, the foursome's weakest link. Her ambition drives her beyond their circle, and her eventual return engulfs them all in a cycle of destruction. ``Who really knows the ways of women?'' Certainly Crowley does, and the Irish author has used her understanding of human nature to fill this novel with memorable characters entangled in the twin webs of passion and fate. A powerful storyteller, she creates a rich tale of love and betrayal in troubled times. Highly recommended for public library collections.-- Sister M. Anna Falbo CSSF, Villa Maria Coll. Lib., Buffalo, N.Y.