A basically strong biography marred by the author's sometimes overreaching. Unfortunately, we have have little idea about much of Austen's life; this occasionally leads biographers to extrapolate based on little to no evidence. The most egregious example, in my opinion, was the dreadful Becoming Jane Austen, but this particular biography was also full of the author's opinions, such as saying Austen broke her engagement to Biggs-Wither because he compared unfavorable to Lefroy. Is that possible? Yes. Is it provable? Hardly. But on the whole, a good biography of Austen and her family.