I finished this beautiful Persephone book early last month as part of Persephone Reading Week and have been meaning to share my verdict for quite a while. The plot and my initial thoughts on the novel are chronicled here. This novel has been a perfect introduction to Dorothy Whipple and this is now one of my favourite Persephones.
It is a charming, heart-warming read with enough daily ruptures and minor occurrences to keep things interesting. The main protagonist, Jane, is a worthy heroine - head-strong, independent, hungry for knowledge and graced with a kind heart. The novel started off very cosily with Jane fortuitously securing a position at a draper's and we learn of her ambition to own her own clothing store. The characters surrounding Jane are all realistically and skilfully drawn so that you feel as though you are right there with Jane.
I find myself wanting to read more Whipple but I am without any other of her novels... I must try to remedy that. I have a copy of Someone at a Distance in the UK (the beautiful Persephone Classics edition) but I fear that I shall be in for constant heart tugging with that one. Any suggestions on what should be my next Whipple fix?