Quite a hidden gem
If you loved Jane Eyre and want to read more from Charlotte Bronte, I would recommend starting with this - before reading Villette which may seem like the more obvious choice. Villette is quite heavy reading whereas this has the feel of Jane Eyre and Villette but isn't quite like any of them. The story is a little hard to get started with, there's a lot of whining in the beginning, but the rest is worth the wait - a very sweet story. I did, however, feel a little strange about the last 20 pages, they seemed somehow to go beyond what we want as readers.