First, I must confess that I read this book as an audio book. Normally this is a minor thing, but in this case the audio book seemed odd as the book was read by an English woman though it was written by a Canadian.
I found this book very informative and an enjoyable read. Ms Austen was a remarkable woman. It’s unfortunate that so little is known about her and her developing genius.
I would recommend this work as an excellent biography and a source of information for fellow fans of Jane Austen’s writing. It also shows tremendous writing skill on the part of Carol Shields. Quite a stretch from her own novels.