'BEATRICE GRIMSHAW, masterly spinner of South Sea yarns, makes the utmost of her ingeniously-woven story of castaways on a South Sea isle. The novel palpitates with romance and rocks with comedy. Tragedy stalks the pages, and is caught by "Laughter holding both his sides."
REV. JAMES ROBINSON, widower and model of mid-Victorian propriety, has two beautiful daughters. ELEANOR, the elder, is handsome and conventionally-minded; ADELINE, the younger, is timid, clinging, frail, and romantic.
There is a furore in the household when Adeline falls in love with a dashing cavalry officer who is MARRIED! The vicar receives an appointment to an Australian bishopric and sails with his girls "out of harm's way!" They are cast away on a remote South Sea island with LADY GILLILAND, wife of the Governor-General of Australia, CHARLIE CHAINE, the very same cavalry officer whom Adeline so indiscreetly loved, brawny sailorman BUZACOTT, and MR. and MRS. GERALD BLACK. Mr. Black is a champion runner.
A boatload of amazing English-speaking men—themselves descendants of castaways and suffering, in their island Paradise, from an acute shortage of Eves—is an unusual dramatic touch.'
Source: Blurb for the Australian Women's Weekly serialisation, 9 February 1935, p.5.