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Monday Mini ~ Longbourn by Jo Baker

MondayMini3Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.

I hope that all my American readers all had a wonderful time and enjoyed your long weekend. After the wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, you probably be all worn out from the cooking, the shopping, and the family. It’s the perfect time to snuggle up in that new plush blanket you bought, heat up a little leftover turkey, and curl up with a good book. I can’t think of a better choice than Longbourn.

Longbourn by Jo BakerCover of Longbourn
Knopf Doubleday ~ October 8, 2013 ~ 352 pages

It has been many a moon since I’ve read Pride and Prejudice. It’s been long enough that I only really recall that I enjoyed it and have a vague idea of the plot. I didn’t come to Longbourn, a novel about the lives of those in service to Austen’s Bennett family, with a quite a blank slate. While I think this novel provided an interesting view of the Bennett household and the marital pursuits of the Bennett daughters, this novel is truly about those in service. Longbourn stood on its own as a novel. Had the masters and the setting been unknown, it would have been an equally compelling read. I began reading it during October’s Dewey’s Read-a-Thon and it really was a perfect choice. The lives of Sarah, James, Polly, and Mr. and Mrs. Hill drew me in from the beginning. I appreciated their struggles and wanted very much to see them happy in their own way. There were some fun twists and turns along the way that kept me up reading. There were also some moments so touching that it brought tears to my eyes. I just love Mrs. Hill. With Downton Abbey not starting up again stateside until January, now is the perfect time to get lost in the downstairs world again.

3 Comments

  • At 2013.12.03 03:50, Jena said:

    Ha! I just checked this out of the library. I saw it on the new arrivals shelf while I was waiting to pick up some holds. Funny how many books I’ll check out when I have a zombie attention span that allows me to read maybe 5 pages in a sitting.

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