- File Size: 2065 KB
- Print Length: 335 pages
- Publisher: Carina; ePub ed edition (February 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 29, 2016
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018QIKVWY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Trouble With Emma (The Jane Austen Factor, Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Emma thinks Martine is a lovely girl. She's cute, but Emma thinks she could be stunning and gives her a makeover. This isn't the only thing she does though, she's determined to find a good man for Martine, someone rich and handsome. She's found the exact right person, but is Martine actually interested in this man? And what about Emma's own love life? She likes Mark, the writer and producer of Mind Your Manors, but finds him incredibly irritating at the same time. Will Emma find her own mister right or will she be too busy fixing other people's problems to notice what's right in front of her?
Emma is opinionated, proper, stiff, serious, stubborn, jealous and meddlesome. These aren't the best characteristics, but somehow I kept forgiving every mess she makes and I found her interfering very entertaining. Emma means well, but she doesn't listen to any good advice, she draws conclusions way too quickly and nobody can ever change her mind. This leads to a lot of funny misunderstandings. Emma is making things more difficult instead of better, but she doesn't mean to hurt anyone. She wants to help, but isn't handling things well at all. I loved this aspect of the story. She's quite obstinate and Mark is a good match. He doesn't let Emma walk all over him, he isn't afraid to tell her the truth and he's just as grumpy as she is. They are fabulous together and there are plenty of sparks, just not only because they have chemistry, but also because they often bicker, which is another thing that greatly amused me.
Katie Oliver's writing has an easy flow. I love her unusual approach of the romantic genre. Her main characters have flaws, they don't always know their own hearts and they keep overestimating or underestimating others. This leads to plenty of awkward, humoristic and intriguing situations. There's always a little bit of chaos and Katie Oliver skillfully controls it, which makes her stories even more fabulous to read. I often wanted to tell Emma to open her eyes and shut her mouth, however, she's being as blinkered as she can be. This put a big smile on my face. She has a good heart and she wants everyone to be happy, but instead she makes mess after mess. I couldn't wait to see what would happen when she'd finally see sense. The Trouble With Emma is a wonderful romantic story with a sweet and fitting ending. I liked this charming and enjoyable story a lot.
I've read hardly any modern-day adaptations of Jane Austen's classic novel 'Emma', but Katie Oliver's 'The Trouble with Emma' is definitely my favourite so far. I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary retelling from start to finish and didn't want to put it down. Of course I was already familiar with the basic plotline of the book, but author Katie Oliver really added some great modern elements and twists to the story, making it not just a great read for Austen fans but for chick lit fans as well. It's quite a challenge to have a main character who is on the one hand quite frustrating and difficult to warm to, but on the other hand you can't help but find yourself rooting for her. That's one of the strengths of Austen's original novel, in my opinion, and in this retelling the author has done a wonderful job with this as well, because I did really like Emma (but wanted to slap her in the face every now and again as well!).
The secondary characters in the novel, such as Mark Knightley, Emma's father and younger sister, and Martine, really had the author's own touch and interpretation and I loved what she did with them and how she made everything fit together. I really found myself flying through the pages of this book. Katie Oliver's writing style is fantastic; the chapters were of a perfect length and it was just a well-paced and comfortable read which I didn't want to put down. I also want to quickly mention the book covers of this series which I love; they're a great combination of modern and historical times, which suits the series really well. I'm so glad I finally got to read one of Katie Oliver's books and already can't wait to pick up the first and third instalments of her 'The Jane Austen Factor' series. 'The Trouble with Emma' is a brilliant read; a captivating and thoroughly entertaining retelling of a Jane Austen classic; I loved it!
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