Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell, was a charming story. It was engagingly written, with wonderful characters. It was full of humor and warmth and very little romance. Because there were so very few men in the town. And sometimes you just need a book about people living life and not stressing out about what someone of the opposite sex said or did. At least that’s what I needed at the time. Even better: It’s free from Amazon in Kindle format.