This is a wonderful novel, that reminds me of Thomas Hardy. It was written in 1926 but it is set in the 1860s. From the moment the poor farmer's son Gronwy, who has had just enough education to know what he's missing and longs impossibly to study to be a minister, meets the squire's daughter, Laetitia, you worry for them. Laetitia starts off just wanting to help someone by lending him a few books, but this simple act has so many consequences. Everyone is trapped by their place in the class system. There is also a very memorable story between Gronwy's brother and the woman who loves him. It is a beautifully written book with such a sense of place, and the author has such generosity for all her characters, however flawed. I loved it.