I must admit that when I first started the book, I was a little put off by the snarkiness and lack of control of the heroine. It seemed almost as though Ms. Andrews was trying too hard to be funny. And, there seemed too many clichés. However, I have a quirk in my personality that forces me to finish a book once I start it. In this case, I am glad I continued reading. The story and the details about the interior design of an antebellum mansion and the shopping for antiques made the book worth the read.