Tried this on spec because other reviewers recommended it (and it was free). I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. M E Braddon is a witty author who makes Austen-ish ironic asides about her characters' foibles, especially their illusions about love, while allowing you to sympathise with their plight. The plot was suspenseful enough to keep me turning the pages and the ending took me by surprise - yes, the story has parallels with 'Emma Bovary', but the conclusion is very different! I liked it so much that I'm now reading her more well-known novel 'Lady Audley's Secret' which is also a great yarn.