This book will transport you to the Victorian England of the pottery towns of Staffordshire in England. Anna is the daughter of a harsh father with tyrannical and misogynistic views. She has money and is being courted by Henry Mynors. Add to this mix the dour culture of the methodists, and the stultifying attitude of Victorian society, and you begin to feel Anna's pain. Arnold Bennet was a brilliant observer of detail and conveyor of mood and atmosphere.