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- Print Length: 251 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1544002726
- Publisher: Sarah Holman; 1 edition (February 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 18, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06W9F72MP
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I am a hard-core Austenite. However, as always with Jane Austen retellings, I forced myself to get into the mind-set of Emmeline being its own book before reading it. Otherwise, I'd be continually comparing the author to Austen, which just isn't fair.
With this one, though ... I let myself get a wee bit disappointed with the way the characters were portrayed. I put this book aside for a while and forced myself to look at it as not a retelling of my precious Emma, but as a completely different book with random scenes from Emma in it. ;)
Other than that, it was a fairly decent book, but not an amazing one. All my friends will probably kill me, but I just didn't like it!
All the scenes from Emma interpreted in a 1930s setting were fantastic. I enjoyed a lot of the little twisted and turns, and it was overall pretty enjoyable.
However, towards the end it really rushed, and I was disappointed with the whole plot twist with Morgan. I was like, "Uh ... no. I'm sorry, I just can't do this now ..." More my fault than the book's, of course. I just liked Morgan more than I should have ... always have ... though not Morgan, I suppose, but Frank Churchill.
Emmeline: whoa, that was a sudden turn-around! If all it took for you to change your wicked ways was for Fredrick to yell at you, why didn't it work earlier in book? I'm confused. She was a good Emma, though. It's hard to write this character without having her come across as selfish and overbearing. It was easier to see her self-deception, though. I was never fooled as one can be when reading Emma. Of course, that's another unfair comparison.
Fredrick: I know this is an interpretation, and the author can change whatever she wants, but ... I wish Fredrick didn't go out without his hat and looked messy and stuff. He also came across as far more stuffy and preachy than Austen's Knightley, which was disappointing. And a bit of a paradox. He was amusing, though, and his relationship with Emmeline was adorable.
Catarina: awwwww. <3 This girl is such a sweetheart! And her being a German immigrant? Yes. Just yes.
Geraldine: Miss Bates is young, doesn't talk a lot, and is redeemable? Eh, no. It's a cool idea ... but no. The boarding house and the falling-from-wealth twist was awesome, though. It was also cool how she was kinda old-fashioned.
Morgan: I liked him, but I was a little disappointed as to that whole plot twist at the end. I just wanted him to be merry and charming and clever, not evil. Why couldn't he just be merry and charming and clever?!
Evelyn: awwwww, again. Really sweet. But ... as her own character, not as an interpretation of Miss Fairfax.
Jack: *growls* But he was perfect.
Doris: I disliked her (everyone loves disliking "Mrs. Elton!"). But I also thought she had a point. She went overboard, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with dancing or with nicknames or with ... quite a few other things. You're right, Dory. It is a 'quaint' little town ... *raises eyebrows*
This is where the book really disappointed me. I felt like half the time the characters still spoke like they were from the 1800s ... except for random slang words tossed in. Usually by the villains. Um ...? The whole feel of the book was vintage, yes, but a little too vintage. It was also lacking in description in several places.
And ... I understand the need for historical accuracy, but the Christians in this book came across as stuffy, preachy, and annoying. They won't dance. They won't go to picture shows. And they're not even accepting of those who do! And yes, I understand why, but it really made me dislike them none-the-less!
Besides, the "ball scenes" were greatly missed, as Mrs. Edmonton points out. I think this (and the overall preachy feel) was my biggest problem.
This was an ARC copy, so I won't mention typos and such. The writing was good overall, but it was a little too old-fashioned for the 1930s at time.
Sometimes the Christian content (of which there was a lot) seemed thrown in, as if it didn't really belong. However, I did enjoy Emmeline's character arc, despite it being rushed and crowded at the end. It was a new and cool way of show her change at the end of the book.
Violence: mentions of WW1
Sexual: talk about dancing being inappropriate, Morgan makes a couple kind of inappropriate comments, some super clean romance
Not a bad book, but not a good one either. I didn't enjoy it much at all, and probably wouldn't recommend it to any lover of the '30s or Jane Austen. However, if you enjoy light historical reads with a little romance (but not much) and a lot of Christianity, this might be the book for you.
~Kellyn Roth, @reveriesreviews.wordpress.com
Emmeline is a retelling of Jane Austen's Emma, set in the 1930s during the Great Depression. This book is the first of a series of such retellings, The Vintage Jane Austen.
Now, as a disclaimer, I'd like to say that I don't read a lot of historical fiction, that I've never (to my knowledge) read a book set in the '30s, and that before this I hadn't read any retellings of Jane Austen's novels... Yet even though it was not my usual reading fare, I enjoyed it immensely!
I read Emma for the first time not long before reading Emmeline, so the original story was fresh in my mind when I read the retelling, which only added to the delight I found in reading it. Retellings have always intrigued me, and I adored this one. :) It was fun connecting the parallels of events and characters in this retelling to the older tale, their similarities and differences and twists, and seeing how well the story translated into the new time period.
It was well written and engaging (possibly Sarah Holman's best work yet!) and I was impressed with so much about it, including how well put together it was, as a retelling and as a book in general. It's a fairly short read (I read it in two days), which left me impressed also that it fit in all the important Emma-type things, in far less space than the original book, without feeling condensed.
Fredrick Knight (the Mr. Knightley of this version) is so awesome! His character was pretty much my favorite thing about the book -- well, him and his relationship with Emmeline. ;) He's like a mix of the original Mr. Knightley, and some sort of Hardy-Boys-type character (thinking of the time period), though more grown up, of course, and so very REAL. Fredrick was just an amazing character -- so good and kind and firm, not afraid to tell Emmeline when she's wrong about something (which is often. XD) but also willing to have fun. HE'S THE BEST.
Another thing I loved was the relationship and banter of Fredrick and Emmeline -- their dialog was priceless! And the thing about the hat. XD Their interactions were just SO well written!! BASICALLY THEY'RE THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS BOOK AND I LOVE THEM AND THEIR STORY SO MUCH! ^_^ <3
The ending was a little quick (but I loved it so much anyway!), and a circumstance about Morgan's ending surprised me a little, so I'm not sure if I liked that, but otherwise I have no complaints and just really enjoyed it. :)
Other fun things:
+ The details like the food they ate (yum!)
+ Literary references (the Rover Boys! <3)
+ All the little feelings of the '30s which felt authentic and pulled me directly into the time period.
+ A Christian theme runs through the book which I really liked and felt was done well.
+ Humor and drama and banter, which I loved! :)
Overall, a very enjoyable read -- I loved it! Recommended to any fan of Jane Austen, or Christian historical fiction with a dash of romance, or the '30s... or just a good clean enjoyable read!
(Also, can we talk about how absolutely GORGEOUS the stunning cover my dear friend Hannah designed? Just. Just. Yes. <3)
I can't wait for the rest of the Vintage Jane Austen series of retellings in the '30s (each by different authors) to come out, and I'm very much looking forward to re-reading Emmeline!