I tend to romanticize certain things citydwellers are ignorant about, like milking cows and village life. But Alice Taylor describes how tough farm work can be and how petty village life can be while still giving it all a wistful and comforting sense. This author was recommended to me by someone in a position to confirm that she really does write with accuracy about her subjects. This novel centers around a family that undergoes some tragedies, with highlighting of the importance of the role of the woman of the house. In the end, it wasn't the woman I was expecting. Everything wraps up tidily but I imagine in a small community, being forced to actually be a community, this isn't unusual.