This was the first time I have ever read a Jane Austen Novel. That being said, I consider myself a very good reader, quick too. But, I really struggled with this book! I know it was the language of the era. I just had the hardest time getting through it. The Style it is written in, was also a challenge. Come on Jane Austen, a 110 word run on sentence...Your killing me here. I loved the insights that the editors placed in the sidebar. It really helped me to understand the culture and the characters. If you are going to read Jane Austen for the first time I would recommend the insight edition. This book was provided to me through the Bethany House Publishers to review for free.
Wonder is the cause of delight, because it carries the hope of discovery. -Thomas Aquinas 1225-1274
With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy. -Lope de Vega
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