Cussy is the Book Woman! She travels the county as a librarian offering books to poor folk. She didn't want to marry because she would lose her job, for only single women were eligible. Her father is ill and promised her mother to find a husband for her, but makes a poor choice in Charley. Cussy's short marriage insures that she can maintain her job, and not have to marry again.
I have read The Sisters of Glass Ferry by this author, and really enjoyed it, and I know I will enjoy this one! It took getting used to the wording, but once I did, I could "hear" it in my head. I will anxiously await the opportunity to read the entire book, because I liked what I read, and now need to know what happens to Cussy!