If you are looking for a good long book to cozy up with on the couch with a hot cup of tea try this one. I learned a good lesson from this book. Be patient with a good story. So often I want to get right into the story. But I wonder how the people on 1860 viewed this. We probably have different degrees and thoughts about entertainment. I can visualize a mother or a servant taking a quick break from a chore to see what was going to happen next. I know I felt like that.
On a side note here is a conversation I overheard between Athanasius and Eleanor not too long ago.
Eleanor (as she is getting herself and the boys a snack): I am so glad you are not sick anymore.
Eleanor: Because you are not grumpy anymore.
Athanasius: Oh, I still a little grumpy.
I thought it was so cute!