From the story and history of the author's other works, this novel looks like a chick-lit offering. And to a certain extent it fits comfortably within this genre. I was recommended it by a male friend of mine and finished it in one day - two sittings. The characters and situations are wonderfully drawn. The insight into human relationships and how these can change over time was tearful and joyful within a few pages. I think Miss Jewell took a lot of the scenarios from real life - her own experiences. A real joy to read. I recommend it highly!