I just finished writing a review of this book for Amazon, it occurred to me that I should share it on my blog as well.
The Cranford Novellas (Girlie Book Classics) (Kindle Edition) by Elizabeth Gaskell
This collection of novellas was delightful. I was looking for something to read while doing Mom waiting. I needed stories compelling enough to grab my interest quickly in short bursts at a time, but not so overawing that I would have trouble putting them down when my wait was over. These books were perfect for that. I found the stories charming, was always happy to get back to them & had that reader's regret, when I came to the end of them.
These are the stories on which the PBS mini-series, Cranford, is based. I was impressed by the skill of the adaptation of weaving these several exclusive stories into a whole for the mini-series. I think I rather enjoyed the novellas the more for having followed a single thread through out. It is rather more like having a story related to you, than like reading a book. Oddly enough the thread which least interested me in the mini-series, that of Lady Ludlow, was my favorite among the novellas.
According to Wikipedia Elizabeth Gaskell was a Victorian Era novelist best known for her biography of Charlotte Bronte. I have linked her name to the Wikipedia article. Novellas included in this collection are: Cranford, Mr. Harrison's Confession, and My Lady Ludlow.
You can watch "the making of" video for the mini-series on YouTube Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-9IMJ2awAI Unfortunately PBS has blocked the Embed code so you have to go to Youtube to watch it.