Read and reread the words. Watched the movies and miniseries. The fancy clothes, the parties, the whispered conversations, a furtive touch, a smile, balls, silks and ribbons…
The novel, Longbourn by Jo Baker is from another point of view, the servants. The invisible class that made the lives of the gentry perfumed and perfect.
I prepared myself because so many of the Austen sequels, prequels, paranormals and other works that build on or rode on the legacy were a disappointment. This to my surprise, wasn’t.
This below stairs peek at the lives of the Bennets was delightful.Sarah, the housemaid was a remarkable character, with depth and spirit. She saw the world for what it was and people for who they were.
Granted, a great deal of license was taken with Austen’s masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice, but I didn’t feel it diminished the original, instead adding to the story.
I would recommend this to fans of Jane Austen.
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