Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
It took me several months to finish this short book by Elizabeth Gaskell, but I loved it. As usual, delightful characters and humorous insights into human ways. It's different from Wives and Daughters and North and South in several ways: the main characters are older single women; there's hardly any romance; it's more a collection of stories about the same place and people than a traditional novel; the narrator, unnamed until the very end, is mostly an observer and doesn't have much to do with the story itself. I loved it, though. I'm an Elizabeth Gaskell fan!