Before I get to my review I wanted to let you know how my book tour for my latest novel, Marionette, is going. On Saturday, Cindy wrote a wonderful review on her blog. And yesterday, I guest posted on The Guat’s (TG) blog. Visit her blog and find out how TG helped me climb a mountain.
I am almost done with my Jane Austen challenge. My goal was to read all of her novels before the end of this year. This weekend I completed Emma. I’m reading Persuasion, the last one, now. I just might make it!
Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.
When I started reading Emma I was concerned. At first I couldn’t get into the story. I found Emma to be spoiled, Mr. Knightley dull, and Mr. Woohouse annoying. It was unsettling for me since I love Jane Austen. I’m such a huge fan and I didn’t want to find a book of hers that I couldn’t stand. I set the book aside for a couple of days thinking I just wasn’t in the right mood.
Turns out I was right. Whew! I ended up liking most of the characters and I enjoyed hating the ones that are really annoying, such as Mr. and Mrs. Elton. I didn’t really like Harriet all that much, but she’s essential to the story so I just let her slide for the most part. And I really started to like Mr. Woodhouse, even though he was such a worrier and that normally annoys me. But deep down he was such a charming man who really cares about those around him. He just worries way too much! And I ended up liking Emma and found her quite funny and loved the situations she got herself in.
As for Persuasion, once again I’m having a hard time getting into it. What about you folks, do you like Persuasion? Emma? What’s your favorite Jane Austen novel?