D.E. Stevenson's The Two Mrs Abbotts
I didn't like this one as much as the others in the series--for one thing, it doesn't have enough of the titular two Mrs Abbotts, busy being focused on various other romances and other goings-on instead. It was just a little too much all over the place--one romance is never resolved, there's a random chapter with one character at war in Egypt and then we never see him again, etc. It just feels unfinished. I was also not into the classism and the weird phrenology references. I did like the parts that focused on a woman who writes romance novels, but otherwise this was sort of a dud. B.