The author describes how she came to write this book: a descendant of the great Indiana publisher Samuel Miller wrote to her and offered a manuscript of her childhood reminiscences in the late 19th century.While Hunt made the story her own, she was attracted by the connection to a noted Indiana family.

Unfortunately, I found much of the story no more than pleasant and much was very dull.It was saved by the heroine's visit to New Orleans at the end of the book.Susan's friendship with a traditional Creole family is charming, and some of the author's observations could have been written now, rather than in 1937:

"Uncle Karl said that New Orleans was badly in need of a proper drainage system, for after such rains the city would be water-bound, until the flood could drain away and be lifted over the levees at the rear of the town by big slow-moving paddle-wheel pumps."

The title refers to the frequent warnings given by the heroine's mother to her reckless daughter.