Author: Elizabeth GaskellBook blurb: Gaskell's witty and poignant comedy of country-town life, a gently comic picture of life in an English country town in the mid-nineteenth century, Cranford describes the small adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances.
Rich with humor and filled with vividly memorable characters, including the dignified Lady Glenmire and the duplicitous showman Signor Brunoni, Cranford is a portrait of kindness, compassion, and hope.
Quick endorsement: I started this book thinking I’d read it merely because it was written by Elizabeth Gaskell (who I knew to be an excellent classic author) and because it had a TV show based upon it that many of my friends loved. Little did I expect to love this book myself! While it no doubt appears boring at first, you won’t find it to be so. Quaint and funny, it’s highly enjoyable!
Link to review: http://austenitis.blogspot.com/2012/11/cranford.html