I really enjoyed the characters in this book, the setting (a small Scottish seaside town) and soaking in the British culture. While the characters progressed in their lives to some degrees, there were no overwhelming obstacles overcome, (in my opinion). It just seemed like a period of time cut out of someone's life.
One thing that did bother me was the amount of cursing in the dialog and in the thoughts of the main character. Perhaps another slice of British culture I am unfamiliar with. And maybe I don't understand how much the Brits love their tea. It seems hardly a scene could pass without mention of someone preparing, drinking or thinking about tea.
I did like her writing style, but overall, I wish something more could have happened with this story.