Mark Twain can try to beat Ms. Austen about the head all he likes. I'll be there deflecting all the blows! I honestly never thought I'd be saying that but it's true. I had a huge aversion to Gothic and period piece romances and Jane Eyre only reinforced it. Northanger Abbey helped me dabble my toes back in the water and this one has me swimming happily. At least if it's by Jane Austen I'll just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.While her timing and delivery of some the scenes verge on comedic genius, she also knows when to lay the gorgeous prose in full. Which both work well with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and the bonus being Austen didn't develop a love at first sight but almost a loathe at first sight. This left lots of room for humour, misunderstandings and human error without any or very little hand wringing! Bravo!I don't think I will ever be a real romance fan but I am a fan of Ms. Austen.