by Beth Pattillo
Looking for a fun, light but very good book for Valentine's reading. This one fits the bill. I've read several Jane Austen take-offs in the last year or two and this is by far the best. It rates higher than Austenland, The Jane Austen Book Club, and Jane and Cassandra. At least in my opinion. And I really liked two of those.
Emma has lost her husband to another woman and she has lost her college professorship for suposedly stealing the her teaching assitant writings. In hopes of gaining back her professional reputation she flies to England on a quest to find the missing letters of Jane Austen - she has a contact who wants to help her.
Mrs. Parrot claims to have over 500 unpublished letters that Austen's sister Cassandra was put in charge of destroying. Before Emma is permitted to see the letters she must complete several task to prove her worthiness. I had lots of questions about Mrs. Parrot and the tasks which let just enough mystery to keep me interested in how things would turn out.
There were several passages that hit a chord with me but I didn't mark them. I usually put several BookDarts on the first page so they are handy when I run across a neat quote, but I keept forgetting to get the BookDarts. I'm passing the book on to my 19-yr-old daughter. I think her age group all the way up to my age group will enjoy this book. It's MUCH better than those Twilight books that were making the rounds.
This book will be released on Feb 3. Great timing for Valentine's and a perfect book for that holiday.