How could I love Ms. Austen yet loathe the Brontes? I think this story is the reason why. It seriously seems like Ms. Austen has her tongue planted firmly in her cheek for the entire novel. Which kept me reading with anticipation rather than dread. The story itself is fairly simple but it's Ms. Austen's way with words and great interactions with her rather dense heroine that make this book great. I also liked that high romance for Catherine really wasn't the focal point even though all the books Catherine reads seem to be romantic bodice rippers.I am glad I started with this rather than the more famous Pride and Prejudice as it's helped me keep a more open mind to reading the rest of her books and maybe making a more serious effort on reading some of the other classic romance authors.