I was interested enough in it to finish it, and got interested enough in it to read the last half in two days, but I never felt all that connected to the characters. Some of the things that happened at the end seemed to come out of nowhere, such at Miranda's relationship with Leanne. I did find some echoes of Austen in the book, especially the genteel family forced into respectable poverty and depending on a relative to help them along. I think a book club would find some things to talk about. I did not particularly enjoy the author's style of writing, tho I did get comfortable with it by mid book.