I really enjoyed this book and bought it after reading Foley's first memoir, "Full hearts and Empty Bellies". Foley is a beautiful writer, her observations are charming and she's easy to read. This book charts her family history after she got married and quit domestic service. Her life is filled with love but lived in poverty, so rich in the things money can't buy, but without two ha'pennies to rub together. It straddles London and the countryside and is a valuable social history told in the first person. It's anecdotal and fosters real warmth in the reader. I genuinely cared for her family and wanted the very best for them. Foley is a trooper, a doer, a no-nonsense woman, slighty awkward in her own skin and at times irritatingly self-deprecating. But her use of language is lyrical and her humility genuine. The only drawback of the book is the last section which harks back to memories from her childhood. For me it doesn't sit well with her adult years in the first two sections. I'd have preferred more about her life as a wife, mother and grandmother as I learnt all about her childhood in her first book. I found this section repetitive, whereas the first two were new, shiny and packed full of character, wit and sincerity.