I was very keen to read this book after reading Anne Bronte's other novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I think that book is criminally underrated. Agnes Grey is a very different novel though as I soon discovered. It's a very short novel, at just under 200 pages, and the plot is much more simple and straightforward. It's also very predictable and because of that the book is a disappointment. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and the other great Bronte novels Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are all much better. They're so much more dramatic and suspenseful. Agnes Grey is a more realistic account of a 19th century governess's life than Jane Eyre though, and I did have quite a lot of sympathy for Agnes for being expected to discipline children without actually being allowed to punish them. The plot is simple but enjoyable and I did like the happy ending. Anne's talent as a writer is much more obvious in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall but this is is still worth a read.