Longbourn by Jo Baker

IMG_3581.JPG⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 4.5 stars. Longbourn is a cleverly written, Pride and Prejudice variation told from the standpoint of the servants below stairs. I’ve owned this book for many months but was reluctant to read it because of the varied reviews. In spite of some of the negative reviews I decided I wanted to read it and I am sure glad I did. I loved the author’s writing style which captivated me rather quickly. And while some of the words were unfamiliar to me, I saw this as an opportunity to expand my vocabulary rather than a nuisance. I really liked how some of the the more memorable events of Pride and Prejudice were weaved into the Longbourn narrative; instances such as when Mr. Bingley arrives at Netherfield, when Lydia runs away with Wickham, and when Darcy and Elizabeth fall for each other and marry. I was afraid that Jo Baker might mar my idealistic notions of the Bennet girls, particularly Jane and Elizabeth. There were instances where Elizabeth was portrayed in a less favorable light than Jane, but not so much as to ruin my memories of the beloved classic I so fondly remember. Sarah, one of the housemaids, was an interesting character, and most of the book revolved around her. She was a spirited, curious, mischievous, responsible and sometimes rebellious young girl who was eager to experience the life she could only dream of having; a life that didn’t involve serving others. I loved her character.

In conclusion I felt that this was a very nicely written story that I would recommend to those who enjoy Pride and Prejudice retellings. This book is a part of my personal library.


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