I thought this was a good read. We are always curious as to what the past was like and some books like this give us a glimpse into what might have been. How people lived, survived really and what they could of done on a day to day basis. War was also a constant reminder that life was not easy. But I did enjoy all the characters and how they played an important role in the writing of this book. For some time could stand still and they would be fine. But for others they are not happy with the time they are in and are looking for change. That in a way happens in this book too. Life back then was tough but it was how you lived it that showed how people managed to live life and be happy and content.