I was fortunate enough to get to read the ebook of this prior to its June 30th release. I loved it so much I am preordering the paperback to have a permanent copy on my bookshelf. It was an amazing story not only of self-discovery but of the very real prejudice against the lower classes in the 19th century—as well as the persistent entitled attitude of the wealthy. I truly felt for Annabel's character. Over and over again she was brought down by her circumstances only to find the strength to rise up against them. She became a better person for it even when she was fighting a losing battle. The romance aspect was truly touching as well with an absolutely brilliant ending that certainly opens up the possibility of a sequel. This is a brilliant debut and I think we have many more wonderful novels to look forward to from this author. Five stars well deserved.