I quite enjoyed this. It was an audiobook for me and I think a lot of my enjoyment was due to the narrator. Beautiful narration.
The humor is sly. The people are real people with real issues, both of their own making and issues thrust upon them.
Lively, fun. Beauty is a beauty beyond compare, but she is fun and funny, approachable (well, for an imaginary being).
I generally enjoy Ms. James and this was no exception. I did appreciate both the epilogue and the historical notes.
A minor quibble with an explanation of a certain situation dealing with transportation toward the end of the book. I just didn't understand the logistics of multiple carriages with a young unmarried female left alone in a carriage and the confusion that ensued, as well as lack of punishment for a certain innkeeper and his wife arising from grand theft carriage.