Ever since seeing Cranford on Masterpiece (made by the BBC), I've been meaning to get to this work. The makers of the television series took a lot of liberties with the book, but I think that the book and the TV series feel the same, and they are both equally good.
I loved it - thought it was adorable and fun. It's a series of short stories tripping through a small town's life, a town whose society is largely populated with women (spinsters or widowers). There are no earth shattering stories, there is no huge plot. It's just a fun, little humorous look at small town society.