What a wonderful book for anyone who is a fan of historical fiction. I absolutely loved the setting, and the juxtaposition of the wealthy lifestyle and the average everyday lifestyle. I felt like the scene was set incredibly well, with a high degree of accuracy regarding style, manner of speech, and typical dilemmas faced during that time period. It felt as though I had walked directly onto the grounds of an old English manor.
This books seems as though it would appeal to fans of Jane Austen, and there certainly are a lot of similarities to Austen and the themes in her writing. The thing that most caught my attention was the similar emphasis this book places on class differences and the importance of social standing upon the making of life's choices. The biggest difference between the two authors was where Austen was ground breaking, this author is just the slightest bit predictable. And predictability is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps deliver what the reader wants, and keeps the reader happy. Despite the fact that the book was a tiny bit predictable, it was still highly engaging, and an overall pleasant read.