I read George Eliot's Middlemarch in college and while I liked it, I've never picked up another one of her books. I think my problem is that while I liked Middlemarch, I read it during one of my busiest semesters in college. I was taking a class on the English novel and we read a novel just about every week - 18th and 19th century bulky ones. I was also in a Shakespeare class where we read a play a week, plus we were expected to watch 10 plays and only a handful of those could be the same as the ones we were reading. And I had three other classes that I'm sure had a lot of reading because all of my classes had a lot of reading! So, I sort of associate Middlemarch with being tired. :) I'd like reread it soon because I think I would love it now instead of just like it, if I wasn't having to rush through it.
Anyway, I haven't picked up another Eliot since then, but finally decided to read The Mill on the Floss after Allie raved about it. And I'm so glad I finally did! I loved this book! Eliot creates such modern female characters and shows such feminist beliefs that I'm amazed her books were published during her lifetime. Maggie is such a relatable character and I felt so bad for her and wished she had more options.
Eliot's writing is wonderful, her plot is interesting and moves along at a good pace, her characters seem real and I don't know why I waited so long to read more Eliot! The ending will stick with you for a long time and is one of the most powerful endings I've ever read. I'll leave it at that so I don't spoil anything!