I have not read the book. Watched the movie adaptation via Prime Video. Typically,
I enjoy period pieces. Here the scenery was lovely, customes accurate and the main characters' acting was rather good. On the other hand, most of the supporting cast theatherical skills in this instance were quite lacking, e.g. Gilbert's mom & sister, the pastor and his daughter just to name a few. The story lagged in places and took forever to reveal the main mystery. Additionally, although I can't quite put my finger on it, there was just something missing that kept this from been a thrilling or captivating experience. On reflection, I recall 3 scenes with sexually suggestive content: the heroine's wedding night the groom is slowly kissing up her stomach, a woman's dress is raised above her knees as she's pushed against a wall and the wife is shove face done and the agressor starts feeling up her leg then stops. Alough not appropriate 4 children, I personally didn't find it "explicit" or inconsistent with the period. I mean this time period was filled with sex, violence, crimes against women and children, incest, rape, murder, and all kinds of debauchery and perversions. In facts, I found forcing a child to drink wine until he vomits and forcing him to recite raunchy & sexually suggestive poems much more offensive to my sensibilities. In any event, it an ok period piece but not one that I can honestly overly endorse for viewing.