An interesting look into the life of Jane Austen. Shields doesn't bother with making Austen's like rediculously romantic but, intead, looks to the novels to draw out questions and educated guesses about what happened in a life that is so ill-recorded.
What I didn't like about this book is that it's quite choppy. The time table of events is difficult to follow as Shields bounces back and forth between publications and years.
Interesting biography but chronologically unsound.