I would like first to convey the novel wasn't what I expected. Today (or in the US, at least), one doesn't go around saying "capture" to describe getting a feeling across on the page. Because of this, I thought it might be a metaphor or a medieval novel. Anyway...
What a splendid read it was! The journal format was a bit bizarre. I couldn't imagine anyone writing a journal in such stretches and making it all flow together so beautifully. Personally, I felt it would have been better written as a pseudo-memoir sans the dates. However, it did suck me in completely.
Cassandra was intriguing. I enjoyed the descriptions of her surroundings, feelings, family, and friends because they were just the right length to "capture" what it was she sought to explain. The castle and English countryside was a most romantic setting.
I honestly couldn't put the book down with all the cliffhangers at the beginnings of each diary entry egging me to read more and more. I can't imagine ever having read a book of a different era being so modern.
I must admit, I was positively smitten with Stephen. It was a shame Cassandra never returned his feelings, but refreshing in that the ending wasn't predictable in the least. In that instance, it was true to life. However, I can't see most "rescued" from poverty by rich neighbors.
Please add what you think! I'm excited for the discussion. :)