I've read this book quite a few times over the years, and it always interests and engages me. The story is deceptively simple, as so many of Trollope's works are, but it is the characters, their motivations and their actions that tell the story. Trollope's characters are thoughtful, motivated, emotionally attached to their lives and it is the mulling over of thoughts, actions, and their consequences that make these stories so timeless, and yet so of their time, late Victorian England.
In this story, Clara Amedroz is destined to be homeless and without portion on the death of her father, as her brother has killed himself and the entail of their estate must therefore go to her distant cousin, Will Belton. She has some prospects of a small entitlement, but the misunderstandings, miscommunications, pride and ambitions of others may well stand in the way of her ultimate happiness. Will she become the bride of Captain Aylmer, or will she continue in her belief that "I think it would be well if all single women were strangled by the time they are thirty" as she tells her aunt.
The characters in this story are wonderfully brought to life; Clara, her father, Will Belton and his sister, Captain Aylmer and his family, and Colonel and Mrs Askerton play the parts they are destined to play, and do it so well that the reader is enthralled from start to finish. This story is full of social detail from Trollope's time, and his play on the social mores of Victorian England, and the way in which the reader is drawn into the times and the circumstances make this another Trollope classic. Totally recommended.