I think this book has a great faerie feel, and the critics are right. Real or not that time was a charming place. I like the way that Neil Gaiman writes. It has a very unstructured flow, and I envy him that. So if your up for being entertained, and want to read a book that was completely and utterly butchered when it became a movie, go for it. You won't regret it. At least, I never have.
Here's the Blurb:
In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, a lovelorn young man steps through a gap in a high stone wall, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.
I must say, the blurb was rather short.
I give this Book Three Stars.