If you like slow paced humorous observation ***!!!THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!!!****. It makes me laugh- all the narrator’s affectionate and clear sighted opinions about the eccentric Cranford ladies. There’s a little sentimentality: bright (sweet and blue eyed) happy young women are perpetually being blighted because of unrequited Love. Miss Matty IS unrequited and Miss Jessie (minor character) only just escapes. So exit Miss Jessie and we go back to funny old ladies who like to dress their cows in flannel clothes. But it’s a happy book and if you’re secretly convinced you belong to a Victorian novel you’ll be happy with Cranford- and happy that there are sequels:).