I don't think I would have managed to get through the printed version of this book but the audio version made the story far more accessible. In fact, it was downright charming and very funny at times. Bronte's description of the self-centered "upper crust" people the protagonist worked seemed -- as the British say -- "spot on." Granted, the romantic plot seems trite and overwrought by today's standards (don't they all?). You feel like just screaming at everyone to "For heaven's sake -- just TELL him how you feel!!!" But they just didn't do that back then.
Anyway, the story is nice and the narrator was terrific. If, like me, you'd like to expose yourself to more of the classics, audio books are the way to go.
What a delightful read! I have been a longtime fan of "Jane Eyre," and somewhat enjoyed reading through "Wuthering Heights" for school, so when I spied a copy of Anne Bronte's novel at a library sale, I decided to take a chance on it. I'm so glad that I did!
Agnes narrates her own story in a clear and readable manner. Whereas "Jane Eyre" had Jane teaching a sweet little French girl, Agnes finds herself the governess of a pack of spoiled monsters, and later, two very conceited young ladies. It's a great look at a governess's life without rose-colored glasses.
I loved the romance of the story as well - I think my heart leapt right along with Agnes' every time a certain someone appeared!
I enjoyed this read so much that I got snappy with loved ones who tried to talk to me while I was "in the zone." Highly recommended!
Enjoyed this story about the challenges facing a governess in early 19th century England. I sympathized with Agnes's situation and frustrated for her, realizing that during that time, women were not as free to stand up for themselves or speak their mind as we are now. The ending was pretty predictable, but I wish it were drawn out a bit more; the story ended somewhat abruptly in my opinion. The author writes in the Bronte-esque language of her sisters, and lovers of Victorian literature will appreciate this work.