I found this story quite refreshing, as the characters and the story are very different than Austen's other works. Northanger Abbey is not a love story first--it's a story of Catherine's growth, with a little mystery and humor thrown in. Jane Austen breaks the fourth wall much more in this novel than she does in her other works, and I found it very lighthearted. I loved the digs for the novel writer and England (central England, to be exact), and though I was a little shaky on Catherine's character at the beginning, watching her grow out of her childishness was very satisfying. There are some continuity problems--the second half of the story seemed to be tacked on to the first rather roughly--but I did love how Austen connected Eleanor's husband to Catherine. I found Catherine, Henry, and Eleanor very enjoyable characters and would definitely recommend this book.