Finally, after I had to put this book down twice for extended periods, I have finished.
People have been telling me for several years that I needed to read this book. Though I'm glad I finally did read it, I must say that I didn't enjoy it as much as other books of the same time period. The book was a bit tedious at parts, but hard to put down during the last half. The characters, though not as memorable as some of those Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins created, really started to capture my interest about half way through and held it til the very last page. Rosamond drove me insane, and I especially enjoyed Fred Vincy's and Dorothea's story lines. I was grateful for the Finale section at the end, for I very much wanted to know what became of each character.
So, all in all, not my favorite Victorian novel but one I very much enjoyed reading, nonetheless. I do wonder if I would have enjoyed it a little more if I hadn't been forced to put it down twice, for it took time to remember all of the characters and side stories.