Just finished 'Shirley' and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I actually preferred the story of Caroline more than Shirley, but loved Shirley's character just the same. It's not often in literature that you see a female character who is so steadfast in her beliefs and stands up for what is right and is charitable to those less fortunate....and she doesn't end up tragically dying at the end. At over 600 pages, it's kind of a beast to get through, but it's worth it. If you are a Bronte fan, I definitely suggest you check out 'Shirley'.