Waiting on Wednesday – Longbourn by Jo Baker

Posted May 8, 2013 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 8 Comments

Hi everybody! Thanks for stopping by. Today’s post is ‘Waiting on Wednesday’ which is a weekly blog feature hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re super excited about.

My pick of the week is…
by Jo Baker
Expected publication: October 8th 2013 by Knopf

A brilliantly imagined, irresistible below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice: a story of the romance, intrigue, and drama among the servants of the Bennet household, a triumphant tale of defying society’s expectations, and an illuminating glimpse of working-class lives in Regency England.

The servants at Longbourn estate–only glancingly mentioned in Jane Austen’s classic–take center stage in Jo Baker’s lively, cunning new novel. Here are the Bennets as we have never known them: seen through the eyes of those scrubbing the floors, cooking the meals, emptying the chamber pots. Our heroine is Sarah, an orphaned housemaid beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When the militia marches into town, a new footman arrives under mysterious circumstances, and Sarah finds herself the object of the attentions of an ambitious young former slave working at neighboring Netherfield Hall, the carefully choreographed world downstairs at Longbourn threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, up-ended. From the stern but soft-hearted housekeeper to the starry-eyed kitchen maid, these new characters come vividly to life in this already beloved world. Jo Baker shows us what Jane Austen wouldn’t in a captivating, wonderfully evocative, moving work of fiction.



8 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday – Longbourn by Jo Baker

  1. I remember reading about this when the book sold and making a note to look out for it. Then I forgot about it for months, but yay, it has a cover now! But it's still so far away… sigh. Great choice, thanks for sharing! 🙂
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  2. Heidi

    I think this sounds like a Downtown abbey book 🙂
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  3. If I was a huge fan of P&P I would definitely want to read this. I liked it enough but I'm not a huge fan so I probably won't read this but I hope you enjoy it!

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