I listened to the audiobook version of this novel and found it all very engaging. The voice of Mme Bazolet is so gentle and feminine, an exemplar of the time in which this book is set. I suspect that many modern take-charge type women readers (is there any other kind?) might find Rose grating. For me, she came across as a person who found her way happily through life at a time when most doors would have been closed against her simply by virtue of her sex. I also appreciated the underlying parallel theme of the book to senseless overdevelopment and neighborhood loss in our own modern cities. Been on the South mountain or dealt with City Hall lately? I rest my case. I'm with Rose Bazolet and Tatiana De Rosnay all the way!