I read this book while nursing an illness so did not mind the length. It thoroughly captured my interest and imagination and took me away from my own problems. It is a wonderful counterpoint to "Le Divorce" in that they both involve enterprising young ladies of their day taking off for adventures on "the continent." This lady, Isabel Archer, is far more virtuous than her contemporary counterparts, and the author is utterly fixated on these many virtues.This would be a great book for a week vacation with lots of peace and quiet and time on ones hands. I loved it.