Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

Cranford…I just love Cranford. I know it’s definitely the kind of book that’s not everyone’s style but it’s just so sweet, and hilarious, and comfortable… It’s written in a series of vignettes and it can feel a bit scattered, but maybe that’s why I like it. It feels real– like a friend is writing you bits and pieces of a place she loves. Just… Captain Brown!!! ;( I love so many of the characters in the book and their oh-so-subtle quirks and funniness. Miss Pole is by far my favorite of the ladies– Captain Brown is a true gentleman… Peter is just great… Martha and Jem are so so sweet… Miss Matty and Mr. Holbrook and all the rest are adorable. This book felt homey to me and has a special place in my heart.

However, if you’re not into slow books, or ‘vignette’ books, or books with a heavy emphasis on characters then it’s probably not your style. It IS slow. And the humor is quite subtle most the time. But if you like to just sit down to enjoy something leisurely and can catch the little hilarious bits, and love good, strong (if understated) characters, then you’ll really like it. 🙂

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