Ferrier has great characterizations that really hold up the novel, quite on par with Dickens. Unfortunately the plot is a bit predictable, though the influences she might had on Scott are not hard to see. There is also this defined sense of morality leading to a righteous path for the main character, making the novel more inclined to remain on the dusty shelf, forgotten by time, than to see much of a revival by modern readers. For a Scottish female writer of the early 19th Century, I was hoping for more recounts or presentations of life in the Highlands than seen here. I am curious to read at least one of the other two published works by Ferrier to see if they fair any better.