This is quite a disjointed novel with the most famous part, the gothic parody, forming only a small section, sandwiched between Pride and Sensibility in Bath and Sense and Prejudice in the country.
Catherine Morland is, we are told, an unlikely heroine. The authorial voice is far more prominent in this than in the other novels but I didn’t find it off-putting at all. In fact, it was very amusing.
It’s been a while since I read this but I enjoyed it on the train yesterday.