This is going to be a short review as there has been much written regarding both this author and the book.
I came into reading this rather late and I am glad that I found it at last!!! The series was recommended by many book bloggers.
Lucia who is somewhat of a Queen bee is domineering, arrogant and wanting to be the cynosure of all attention. She has got irritating habits of talking or rather pretending to talk in Italian as if she is very fluent in the language and also has a habit of conversing in baby talk with Georgie which can get annoying. Add to the story another character who has upto now been Queen Bee in her area - Elizabeth and naturally you get a clash head on if titanic proportions.
The ramifications of living in a village complete with the Major with his reminiscences of the Punjab, the pretentious Daisy who would like to be more upper crust and the others add to an enjoyable read.
I liked the book as it is also nostalgic of a period gone by - enjoyable to read about it though. My only fault with this book is that the print/font was very small, closely put together and really strained my eyes particularly as I do read a lot at night.