Perfect bedroom clock if you need complete quiet. It's very clear and a good size if you have a largish room. The thermometer and hydrometer are interesting features and the second hand compensates for the lack of tick in a funny sort of way. Plain in appearance in muted shades which suits fine for a bedroom.
Alice Taylor is the queen of nostalgia and for me what really works about her previous books is that they are a warm, comforting form of nostalgia which avoids sentimentality. This one is slightly different in that it is a bit sad. It is a series of vgnettes about people in Alice's life who have all died. Still, it is a moving read , even if not so idyllic as we're accustomed to.