Written By: ELISA .M.


TITLE:  Longbourn

AUTHOR:  Jo Baker

GENRE: Adult Fiction | Historic Fiction | Romance

RATING: 3.5/5

SETTING(S) :  19th Century, England

SUBJECT: Love | Domestics | Working Class | Family | Pride & Prejudice | 19th Century Life

MAIN CHARACTERS: Sarah, James, Polly, Mrs Hill, Mr. Hill and all the Bennetts

SUMMARY: In this irresistibly imagined below stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

Via: Good Reads



MY REVIEW: It has been sometime since I read anything that was Austen related.  It was a joy to read, due the characters and the plot, but sometimes it could be difficult especially towards the end when I was seeking more of the adventure when Sarah tries to find James.  I think the moment when Sarah finally realizes that she is in love with James was epic, due to the simplest of kisses.

This book is not at all overally romantic, sexual or dramatic.  It was tasteful in which all the really good and most simplest romance/historic fictions should be.  It was also very comforting to view Jane Austen’s characters from the Pride & Prejudice in a whole new light.  Did it ruin or change the way I perceived Elizabeth Bennett or Mr. Darcy; no.  Yes Elizabeth would view and treat her servants very different from Mr. Darcy who really did not pay much attention to his servants.  Was this because of arrogant?  Nope it was because Mr.Darcy was from a higher class than Elizabeth Bennett and what as people had grown up with.   How their parent’s treated their servants is how both Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth learn to treat their servants.

If you like Downton Abbey or Upstair Downstairs this is the book for you.  If this book was turned into a film, I think a director would film it similar to how the servants are portrayed in those two tv dramas.  But with more views of the going ons downstairs than upstairs since that is the view-point of this book.