I liked the class divide and the fact that the majority was in a country setting. Edward was a worthy hero, grumpy with a glorious temper but had great depth of emotion. And his hair - I swooned every time it fell out of it's tie, or his silver streaks were mentioned. *sigh*
Anna was brave and not precisely perfect with a lot of emotional baggage to overcome.
I missed the humorous elements that I love so much in this genre, but the creativity of EH's situations always makes up for it.