The bold and beautiful Bathsheba Everdene has arrived at weatherbury, creating a stir in the idyllic community of the countryside. Enamored by bathsheba's irresistible charm and wild, uninhibited spirit, three men are drawn to her—the humble shepherd Gabriel oak, who is eight years younger to her; the farmer William boldwood, who mistakes her prank for a proposal of marriage; and a Casanova in uniform, Sergeant Francis Troy. Will the fierce and independent Bathsheba finally fall in love? Who will she choose? Part warm and heartening, and Part tragic, far from the Madding crowd is a story that shows the many faces of love. Considered one of the greatest love stories in English literature, this book has been a resounding success since its first publication.