Well from now on whenever I read some detective story in which the second housemaid is much addicted to reading sentimental novels, I will have a touchstone to imagine. This is a thoroughly sentimental novel and a real period piece. It was fun, the characters are lively and well drawn and their interactions entertaining to read about. It is very thoroughly of its time including some fairly silly assumptions about class and blood which are almost more bothersome for being so entirely unconscious. But read as a period piece its fun in itself and informative in demonstrating what the unexamined assumptions of popular culture were almost exactly 100 years ago. Well worth reading for anyone who likes to time travel in their head.