Nightingale Wood, by Stella Gibbons
I love Cold Comfort Farm, so I was happy to get my hands on another Gibbons novel. This story is set in the late 1930s and is a more typical novel than CCF was; I quite enjoyed it.
Viola Withers is the protagonist--she's a very young and penniless widow, and she has to go live with her in-laws in their stultifying home. No one is happy, and the only thing to look forward to is the charity ball. Meanwhile, her sisters-in-law have troubles too, and so does the wealthy family down the lane. In true Gibbons style, everyone is a real and flawed character, and they all have some adventures. It's a lot of fun.
I'm not describing it very well, but it's a clever and enjoyable read.