The first book I've read by this Angela Thirkell, I found at first it difficult to grasp with all the characters introduced in the first chapter. After sticking with it I found her storytelling to be charming. The cast of characters is truly what makes this book a gem.
Taking place in the fictional village of Barsetshire, England they are in midst of World War II. The central family are the Beltons and their three children who lease out their estate due to financial difficulties to Miss Sparling, the Headmistress of the Hosiers Girl's School. the Beltons then taking up residence elsewhere in town. They, the headmistress, along with the other townsfolk commiserate over war rations and other simple trivialities that result in a pleasant read.