As an American who spent eight years living in Australia, I was blown away by how Grenville was able to capture the nuances of small town Australian life with an outsider's perspective. I enjoyed, as well, the fact that the heroes of her book, weren't beautiful and successful, but ordinary damaged people riddled with self-doubt. I was also impressed with Grenville's knowledge of engineering and quilt making. Moreoever, the book was certainly an entertaining and quick read.
However, there were certain aspects to the book that I found annoying - in particular her overuse of italics. Also, the plotline wasn't well developed. She sets us up for a big confrontation over the tearing down of a wooden bridge, but whimps out. She also didn't explore the growing rapport of the main characters in a way that convinced me that they could actually be falling in love. And the secondary plot line, about a bored, vain housewife and the butcher, while amusing, seemed kind of pointless. Having said that, there is no question that Grenville is brilliant at drawing vivid, dinstinctive characters.
I would recommend this book for anyone wishing to get an insight into small town Australian life.