Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey” was a real joy to read. I actually liked it better than “Sense and Sensibility” and “Pride and Prejudice.” The first few pages were a little difficult to get through, but after that it flowed beautifully. The plot and structure of the book are beautifully constructed, and in an odd turn, I found the structure so enchanting that I actually liked it better than the characters which is usually a negative for this reader. Still, I found the heroine, Catherine, wonderfully developed and her maturity and understanding of life as the book progresses quite fascinating.
Like all of Jane Austen’s books, the writing is superb and her observations of Victorian England are a real treasure.