I must have had the wrong expectations of this novel. I know it is very acclaimed by the publisher, but their publications also include the works of Frances Burnett, E.M. Delafield, Marghanita Laski, Winifred Watson, etc. I just didn't find this novel to be in that range. The setting of the English estate of Saunby, built around the ancient priory, is very enticing. So is the domestic set up here also: sheltered daughters, a negligent father, a new wife, those struggling "downstairs," and young cricket stars slightly adrift. As a whole, however, the story did not connect.