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I always feel the need to justify Miss Austen's "Emma," as there are those who find her flippant and self-absorbed. Not so! And, not so with Karen Cox’s modern Emma.
Ms. Cox has crafted a thoroughly delightful Emma update with “I Could Write a Book.” All of the cast of Miss Austen’s small town characters have been wonderfully transported to the 1970’s. Emma Woodhouse maintains her quirks, with added introspection from Ms. Cox. Emma is searching for meaning in her life in a changing society that is touting the modern woman. She blunders, as Emma must, but has George Knightley to help her self-correct. Here is an Emma who isn't an airhead, a girl-to-woman we can all understand, sympathize with, and cheer for.
Ms. Cox doesn’t only have a story arc for Emma, she has one for our beloved Mr. Knightley. While he is always a man with integrity, he becomes a man worthy of any heroine. Readers should follow his choice in cars to see how he evolves.
“I Could Write a Book” is a satisfying read, with the truths Ms. Cox’s award winning writing is known for. Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax finally make sense, Mr. Woodhouse is respected, and real relationships are valued. Emma-Doubters take heed: you are in danger of becoming an Emma convert.
Despite the fact that I am obsessed with P&P variations, this author's writing skills have earned my respect over the years. Then in reading other reviews I was prompted to add this book to those I wanted to read.
There is really no angst in this modern adaptation of Emma. Plus the fact that the names and the premise are very closely reflections of Jane Austen's book. It is however set in modern days so Emma Kate has more choices for her future. It is not just a matter of being well off and having friends with whom she can socialize in this story she goes to college and she takes on the role of caregiver when her father becomes ill. Oh, she could afford someone to provide that role and does...but she wants to oversee her father's care for herself.
As in canon, this Emma does not just sit back and watch what is going on in her friends' and relatives' lives, she offers advice or make arrangements to "help" them find what she has determines will be best for them.
The POV does change between George Knightley and Emma Woodhouse and that was an added bonus in my opinion. I liked reading when the "light bulb" turns on and that person's realization about certain truths comes to the fore.
This was well written, even though predictable. And even with that it caught my attention and I finished reading it quickly. Well done.
it was amazing
I absolutely loved it! It is a novel well written and entertaining about a smart, rich and loving young lady, Emma Woodhouse and a man of the world Emma calls, Professor George Knightley. This is a modern day novel of Jane Austen's, "Emma."
I won't go into the plot but the antics of matchmaking by Emma and George watching her perform these antics and sometimes tries to warn her of the trouble she might cause. However, Emma has a caring heart not only for the family but for all her friends.
This truly evolves into a love story that is delightful to follow.
I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do as you watch George from the age of seven when he meets Emma when she was a bald headed baby and her mother is showing George her in the crib. They grow into great young people and find their way to each other in the long run of things.
Family ties are a theme in Karen’s books. The connections of other family members and their interaction play a role in the flow of this book. As in small towns, Highbury, Kentucky folks are close and oftentimes into the affairs of family, friends and neighbors. It would appear natural for Emma to try to “help” others but she learns when her efforts do not have good results. She matures into a confident, capable young woman.
It was a delight to read this book.