This book was very enlightening, if this is the kind of information that interests you. Written in 1903 it describes the etiquette of dating, marriage, and married life for families in England at the time. It also goes into some details regarding traditions and rituals for other nations as well. As someone who has a strange fascination with the traditions of this time period, especially as they apply to men, I found the read entertaining and informative. It is written in the style of the period, but it is easy to understand. The information is concise and to the point with little extra added for the sake of the reader. Considering it was a free Kindle download it was definitely a good deal and I would recommend to anyone who has a passing interest in the time period or older traditions.
I read through this book after I got engaged and really enjoyed all the historical traditions. It is neat to see how things have changed and what has stayed the same. I suggest flipping through the chapters and reading the specific sections that apply to your situation. It is almost as much a book on relationships as it is etiquette.
Go into it with an open view toward reading an historic document. Ignore "sexism" and "political correctness" and immerse yourself in the culture of the time and place it was written. A lot of the behavior recommended is still relevant today when put into modern context. I quite liked it.
100 years ago, tradition meant something very different than it does today. As a woman engaged to a Korean man whose family has hugely different expectations of courtship, weddings and marriage, I found this turn of the century english girls handbook humorous and alleviating.