"Quaint" and "charming" are words that I expect are bandied about often in reference to Cranford
, and while it is both these things, I reckon you'd find more if you cared to dig a little deeper. This book speaks of the basic goodness of the human spirit -- lofty terms, yes, but it is true. Reading this book is comforting in its gentle optimism and the good and amusing nature of all Cranford's inhabitants. It's not exciting, or wildly thrilling, but part of me wants to live in a world so full of warmth and friendship.