This is the second book by Thomas Hardy that I've read and I love his style of writing. It was written in 1876 but it's easy to see that people have not changed all that much. The relationships between Bathsheba and her three suitors are so real. I especially liked how Gabriel and Bathsheba interact in the story. They become even closer than friends and coworkers. Hardy's description of the fictional "Wessex" is so realistic, it will make you want to go there. It was interesting learning about how they farmed and their daily and seasonal tasks. Also, I found most of the characters very amusing. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys English lit and older romance stories.