Author: Rachel John
Series: Austen Inspired #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: April 23, 2019
She knows a match when she sees one, but she’s clueless about her own heart.
Emma Woodhouse is happily single, though that’s never stopped her from making matches for others. Her best friend, George Knightley, thinks it’s a sure way to trouble, but what’s wrong with giving romance a little nudge?
George has been fighting his feelings for Emma for years, but with families so closely intertwined, rocking the friendship boat would complicate more than just their relationship. He won’t do that to her, or ask why she keeps cuddling up next to him on the couch to watch their favorite show at night.
When a matchmaking scheme gone wrong drives a wedge between them, the last thing they want is to face each other. But when Emma’s sister goes into labor and they’re the babysitters for the weekend, they’ll have to set aside their pride and undeniable chemistry to tackle diaper duty together.
A modern take on Jane Austen’s Emma.
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
First off, love the cover! So cute and a good portrayal of the character’s personalities.
This is a fun modernized retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma. I think the author did a great job keeping true to Austen’s characterizations and putting all of it in a modern twist that makes sense while staying true to the original book. While Austen’s Emma had a governess that became her companion, Ms John’s Emma had a nurse for her aged grandfather. And Harriet comes into their lives to fill that role. It is possible that the modern Harriet is generally smarter than Austen’s but that only made her more likable in my mind. Each character had a practical reason to be a part of Emma’s life, as a neighbor or friend of a friend etc. so it all seemed feasible. I enjoyed this retelling.
Mr. Knightley is my favorite of Austen’s heroes and I loved him in this version as well. Emma was likable, probably more so than Austen’s Emma (Austen herself said no one would love that character) and I rather enjoyed her grandfather as well.
Overall it was a fun, quick read that I would recommend. Well done.
No sex, language or violence