by George Eliot
If you like Victorian novels, you will like this book. The plot is somewhat predictable; however, Eliot leaves some loose ends in the book which I actually very much appreciated. She doesn't give the reader all of the answers.
Another thing I loved about the book was that she favored the working classes above the aristocracy. The aristocracy are portrayed as a bunch of clueless drunkards, and the working class are given the insight in the book.
The book is about a weaver named Silas Marner who finds a little girl whose mother has died. Her father, a member of the aristocracy, does not claim her. Silas raises the girl as his own daughter. At the end of the book, her father decides she is pretty and that he would like to have her again. She chooses to stay with Silas, though, because she has been raised to value kindness over money.
It's a fantastic book. It's also a fairly quick read. I read most of it on an airplane. Now I am off to find more books by George Eliot (who by the way, mr. ignorant radio station personality, is a WOMAN not a man, thank you very much).