Could this possibly be a Bronte book that has a happy ending? Don't give it away...
Oooooooo, Janel! I won't give you any hints, but I will say you should read Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Of course, you'll be wanting to write back and maim me verbally somehow through a majority of Tenant, but, trust me, it's worth it!
Those Bronte girls are fabulous!
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."