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 fairly 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 more dramatic and suspenseful. Agnes Grey is still an enjoyable read though. It's a more realistic account of a 19th century governess's life than Jane Eyre, 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 more obvious in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall but this is is still worth a read.