4⭐️ For this
1: It is excessively long with sometimes unnecessary details. It slows the story down and makes it harder to understand the first time through.
2: There is no ending!! Elizabeth Gaskell died one chapter short of finishing the novel. We obviously can guess the missing content but still.
On the other hand, good points include
3: Aimee works so hard to be accepted and Molly is such a good friend to her.
4: Molly puts on no pretenses. She tells it like it is. She's honest.
5: Hyacinth is very annoying but also crucial to the advancement of the story. Sometimes.