Mary E. Wilkins Freeman was a very popular "regionalist" author in the late 19th century, writing short stories and novels set in small town New England. They deal with domestic situations and the subdued romances of the times and place.
I don’t often read short story collections, but chose this one for the Back-to-the-Classics challenge. I’m glad I did. Mary Wilkins Freeman is a master of the art and deserves her revival, (which has occurred thanks to feminist re-evaluation of her work.)