Out of all the books we had to study for my A-Level english literature class I am glad that we read this one . Before the course I had never heard of it before and as we found out we were going to study the text my whole class groaned inwardley , "Why couldn't we study something we already knew about , to give us a head start?" I had thought , No one dared think of the exam that could seal our fate but we knew we needed as much help as possible if we were to pass with a decent grade . So why study something we had never heard of? Why not read a novel by Shakespeare? at least we would have had a bit of background knoledge. So we started reading it and gradually we became aware that we were enjoying it , which was unusual ( students actually enjoying their work? It's quite unheard of ).My favourite charectar was Marian Maudsley , the ill-fated female of the love triangle . I could sympathise with her for not being able to publically love her sweetheart but it was so well written that I could also feel her harsh temper towards Leo as if I were him . The book has all the essential elements of a great novel: innocence, love , passion , deciet , lies and death. The plot in a few lines is that a young woman of high class (Marian) is having a passionate affair with a farmer (Ted Burgess), but is expected by her family and society to marry Lord Trimmingham .As Marian cannot be seen with Ted they use a young boy (Leo), who is staying with her younger brother , as a 'Postman' between them and he passes their messages . The author uses double narrative , the young Leo's actions told by the older Leo , and it shows us how it has effected his life . I really liked this book and can understand why it is so popular for general reading and as an A-Level text .I recommend it for people of all ages , even the people who like me tend to stick to books by authors they already know , it's nice to have a little variety .