Book Review: “Agnes Grey” by Anne Bronte
This was Anne Bronte’s first novel. I read her other one, Tenant of Wildfell Hall,” and I thought it was riveting.
This one wasn’t riveting. Still, I liked this book, but I can’t really say why. The first part of it was about how difficult the life is of a governess and the second part was a subtle and nice romance. There wasn’t anything exciting, and the romance was rather predictable. Yet, I really enjoyed the book.
It must have been because of the quality of the writing. It was well-written and never boring. The main character was very likeable and sincere.
This, like many first novels, was rather autobiographical--at least in the first part. Anne Bronte did spend some time as a governess, though I don’t think it ended up in romance for her.
I highly recommend it if you like old British literature.
Definitely a book that women will enjoy much more than men.