We live in a northern state (WA) and when we bought our first house, we had oil heat that was expensive, even in the 70's-80's. We installed a wood stove, a smaller version of the one my parents had, also in WA. Jotul made good quality wood stoves, and we burned wood when we were home. It worked well for all of us.
Robyn definitely exaggerated how dire her circumstances were, IMO, before Kootie, her Knight in Shining Armor, came to her rescue. She knew exactly how to play him, and it got her what she wanted. I don't believe that she EVER felt/feels guilty about essentially getting th