One of the things a reader can expect from a Carla Kelly story is originality. This story is about the early days of the Industrial Revolution in England. The aristocracy looks down their noses at the emerging bourgeois class that is taking England into the forefront as an industrial power.
Jane Milton is a poor relation to the Denby-Stover household where she resides as a barely-tolerated servant by Lady Carruthers. Jane is almost too good a heroine; she forgives and speaks kindly to everyone.
Jane's love interest is significantly older; I wondered why he took so long to speak of his interest in Jane. Mr. Butterworth had more life experience -- although he'd been soundly turned down by his early aristocratic love interest.
I've been parsing my remaining Carla Kelly books out; what on earth will I do after I've read them all multiple times?