I love how Jane Austen portrays her characters, especially the naïve and silly-minded Catherine (believe me, I could relate very well). The novel's sudden switch of setting in the middle of the book was jarring for me though. The first half about Catherine in Bath was the typical Austen setting and plot, but the second half was more like "Jane Eyre" than Jane Austen-- in terms of mood, not plot, I mean. (It's hard to explain.) However, the story overall is a good read and chock-full of Austen's characteristic witty observations, so 3.5 stars it is.