In popular thought the 19th century Russian Church has been referenced tongue-in-cheek as the high point of Orthodox practice both liturgo-rubrical and domestic. Lest anyone actually live under such an illusion, I recommend you listen to this podcast. There is a lot to be lauded about that period, but there was also rampant abuse, political pressure, and poverty.
As for the book itself, it sits on my desk in the queue to be read. When I do get around to cracking its spine, I'll post a review.