What if Jane Austen’s Emma lived in America in the year 1930? The talk of stock market crashes and depression isn’t going to keep Emmeline Wellington down. Born to wealth and privilege, Emmeline wants nothing more than to help her new friend, Catarina, find a husband. Emmeline sets her sights on one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, but nothing seems to go right. Even her friend and neighbor Fredrick Knight seems to question her at every turn. Will she help Catarina find the man of her dreams? Why is her father acting so strangely? Will the downturn affect her life, despite her best efforts?
This book was a wonderful retelling of a classic story. When I saw this series, I knew I needed to read it. And boy, was it ever good!
The characters were really well developed, and I loved the characters of Emmaline and her father. Ms. Holman perfectly captured the relationship between the original Emma and her father, and was so fun to read. I loved how the character of the original Mr. Knightly was the same with one major difference: he was a strong Christian. And not in a preachy sort of way, either. I enjoyed how he was willing to correct Emma biblically when she needed it….a truly good friend.
I didn’t so much enjoy the ending…..it seemed a bit rushed. After Emmeline returns from New York, she changes so quickly that it kept my head in a whirl spin. I did enjoy the outcome of it though, if that makes any sense whatsoever =)
Favourite Quote: “If you are ever angry at him, threaten to do something to one of his books, as calling him Fred does nothing.” :D
I am looking forward to reading the next books in this series….sooner, rather than later!
I received a copy of this book from Stellae Books in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to like this book. All thoughts are my own.