Love it, love it, love it!
As good as the author's _Phoebe Clayton: A Story of Love and Furniture_, which sadly is not available on Smashwords because it is on Amazon. I suspect one day both books will be considered classical literature, alongside Jane Austen (another of my favourites), but not the overly emotional Bronte sisters.
This is a story of people I would like to know: intelligent, well-read, hard working, full of love and laughter, not held back or whining about the imperfections of their lives, turning their hand with a will to the tasks life brings to them, and learning what they need to know in order to do them well -- the kind of joyous, taking-big-bites-of-life real people Americans are, not those weak, pallid things one sees on the New York Times best seller lists, who make me want to shake them out of their long-winded, pseudointellectual soliloquies with a bit from Auntie Mame: "Life's a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"
This is a story for the banquet lovers.
(reviewed the day of purchase)