This book took me longer than usual to finish. I had a hard time picking it up again, although it is very good. Every time I did pick it up and begin reading again, I liked it and would read for hours. It's 750 pages, though, which takes a while. This is a classic, and is very dense. There is not a lot of conversation to break it up, either. One thing that is amazing is the author's way of describing the setting. It's like poetry. You can really imagine what it's like to be in Exmoor, during the spring, summer, fall, and winter. The romance is cute. There are several places in the book where the narrator comments about women, which can be nowadays found as offensive, but which I found quite hilarious. In fact, a lot of the book made me laugh out loud. In the midst of the terrible deeds of the Doones in killing people, stealing women, and burning farms, there are parts of comic relief, such as how John's coat of arms is decided (part of which has to do with a two-headed piglet). I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes classics, and also anyone who has a lot of time on their hands and is interested in British history and Exmoor.