~ Cranford ~ "The whole country round seem to be all out of tea at once. The only alteration I could have desired in Miss Matty's way of doing business was, that she should not have so plaintively entreated some of her customers not to buy green tea --running it down as a slow poison, sure to destroy the nerves, and produce all manner of evil." ~ Elizabeth Gaskell
I joined in @thenobbylife 's read along of Cranford this month and found the novel to be a delight. Others who have read it mentioned they didn't like it as much as Gaskell’s other novels. And I can understand that; there's no suspenseful plot, no sweeping romance, or dramatic moments like are found in her other novels. But, what it offers is a charming look at an English village and an endearing cast of female characters, most notably Miss Matty Jenkyns. I laughed out loud numerous times at their interactions with each other. And, I loved their spirit of community and generosity, especially when one of their own has a drastic change in financial circumstances. This is definitely a comfort read full of love and friendship.
And as much as I love tea, I wholeheartedly agree with Miss Matty's view on green tea. Give me a good stong black tea please!
Thanks Shelby for another great read along!
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