Just a really great coming of age book, tinged with the southern charm that Siddons is so famous for. It's so interesting the sense of nostalgia we hold for that time and place, despite the horrid inequalities present.
Nora is a wonderful example of a person who drifts through life unattached. Normally I think of these people as unfulfilled, but I don't think she is. Troubled, yes, but I think she sees the world's beauty in a way that few people do. Certainty not me :)