Saturday, July 13, 2013

Emma: A Latter-day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison

Emma: A Latter-day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison

Summary from Amazon:
Emma's her name and matchmaking is her game! Quirky life coach Emma wants to help her first-ever client, a lonely nanny named Harriet. But all of her attempts at matchmaking result only in embarrassing miscues and blunders, leaving the pair disheartened and confused. This modern take on the Jane Austen classic shows that sometimes the greatest match is the one we make for ourselves.

3 Stars

Read July 2013, Release date is August 13th

LDS fiction/Classic retelling, Received advanced copy from publisher, Cedar Fort, Inc. 

My Review:

If you have read Jane Austen’s novel Emma, then you know how this story is going to go.  Emma is not one of my favorite Jane Austen stories.  I find Emma’s follies annoying.  Why does she keep making the same mistake?

With that in mind, Emma: A Latter-day Tale is fairly true to Jane Austen’s Emma.  The story has the same characters, the same situations (just in a modern setting), and the same mistakes.  Because it is a modern, LDS retelling, there are obviously some differences.  The one difference that I like the most is the character of Jenna Farley (Jane Fairfax in the original).  I like her career and situation.  It is a nice difference that makes sense in the modern retelling.

I also like the setting of this story.  The book takes place in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C.  I grew up in Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C.  It is fun to read stories where you recognize some of the places.

This is a fairly quick read.  It is clean, has miscommunication and blunders, and a happy ending, like the original Emma.

Warnings: None

I would let my 15 year old read this story.

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