“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way” ... Caroline Gordon.
But most of all, it was 'un-put-downable' - not bad for a first novel!!!
It's one of the recommended books on the State Library's Summer Reading List, and this year the criteria is that they're either set in Victoria or written by Victorian authors.
The Reading Victoria blog is worth having a look at too - it's being posted to by all the authors on the list over the next few weeks...