The Buffer is a novel written by Alice Hegan Rice. It was first published in 1929.
Cynthia had a most exasperating family, but she bore their stupidities with a charming grace. There were her bedridden aunt, her sentimental mother, her brother who was always in trouble, her sister who wanted to elope, and countless aunts and uncles and cousins who were full of advice and tedious talk.
But Cynthia was both gallant and ambitious. Through all the welter she moved serenely and confidently. How she found time for a life of her own and sought an answer to her own tangled love problems with two men of utterly different character makes a pleasant and humorously written story with a quiet appeal and a gentle charm.