Better than expected. I started reading this and thought it was really good. At the end I felt a bit flat though and realised that it seemed way better than it is because I read it straight after the dreadful 'up close and personal' (!). I would recommend it as a quick read and it certainly held my attention. It is set up as giving the opposite side to Gone with the Wind; but whoever thinks GwtW is simply about people having maids has not read the book. Pretty basic story but it is sentimental and makes you think, and I did enjoy reading it. The worst part is the whole pie issue as it didn't really seem that believable (although it was believable before I saw the film - just shows that books are better!).