Lori Smith knows her Jane Austen. She draws from Austen’s fictional characters, as well as from personal letters and prayers, insights into the human condition and practical advice for young women today. In chapters ranging from “Finding a Good Man” to “Saving and Spending,” Smith mines Austen and finds gold. She grounds practical advice—”don’t let your vanity blind you” or “be the right woman”—in Austen’s novels, showing how characters like Elizabeth Bennet and Emma Woodhouse had to grow and change to become women of substance. Readers will enjoy this refresher course through the novels, and the counter-cultural advice this Austen-based “guide to life” offers.