When customers click on a product and sees it has received 1 star, they might assume it's lousy and not even look at it. When the product is a book, reviewers must explain why they've rated it so poorly: "I hate it" is strong language so usually the book is offensive in some way or isn't what it purports to be. To get all balled up in the price instead of the contents doesn't help me decide if I want this book. Being cheap and being a worthy book don't always walk hand-in-hand...in fact, the most beautiful and rare books are going to be most expensive, aren't they? Since the other reviewer's whining about the price, it's now significantly less: about $60. Perhaps that customer would give it 4 or 5 stars if it cost $10 but we can't tell because there's not a word about the content.
So I will tell you. I got this book at a stitch retreat for the class on Wessex stitchery which I'd never heard of. I own hundreds of needlework books and have many about the techniques and history of embroidery from around the world. As you can see by the cover, Wessex stitching brings back the beautiful colorful threads with somewhat unusual but easy to learn stitches. The stitches are on average more raised than cross stitch and other surface embroidery; more weaving into the base fabric threads. They say you can't judge a book by its cover but this one actually gives a good idea how pretty the projects will be. To make a sampler like on the cover would be lovely but there are also specific projects inside that simulate what Victorians in England would have been stitching. Wessex was an ancient Anglo-Saxon (means "west Saxon) kingdom in the far southwest part of England. It was overrun after William the Conqueror so the embroidery of its inhabitants is extremely old. Ladies in the Victorian era revived this embroidery and it's simply a pleasant type of stitching you can add to your repertoire. Let's turn this back into a "no-whining" zone?