Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. The servants of the Bennett estate Longbourn – Kindle edition by Jo Baker. Download it once and. Longbourn [Jo Baker] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A New York Times Book Review Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Title. Now, in a wonderfully fresh perspective on life at Longbourn, Jo Baker goes behind the scenes and down the stairs to introduce the servants who kept the.

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Hill has haker enough work to do to fill her day already without having to offer a shoulder to cry on just when the bread is rising. It was definitely not helped by an awkwardly stuck-in bit about the Napoleonic baer that felt like “I read this stuff, so by cracky, you’re going to, too!

Jan 02, Erin rated it it was amazing. Illness and death due to childbirth left many young ones homeless living on the streets or trying to survive in the workhouses. The foreground story is their melodramas and heartbreak and there lonbgourn a lot of bothwhile the familiar story of Pride and Prejudice unfolds in the background like a dimly heard radio play. Does their flirtation influence her behavior with James? What Baker has provided is the bigger picture.

The language does not fit and character representations are not accurate. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Of course, and I’m sure this wasn’t intentional, the main character, Sarah, is not a joy to read about either.

Longbourn by Jo Baker Goodreads Author. You’ll see more of the Bennets as the servants interact lohgbourn them, but the “downstairs” plot takes its own path.

She lives in Lancaster, England.

Longbourn by Jo Baker – review

Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. There seems to be little point beyond showing the difficulties and deprivations of a life in service and to point out that even in Georgian England, people pooped, masturbated and menstruated.


James has piqued the interest of Sarah, but will he let her close enough to learn his secrets? I even likened it to the model of Rosencrantz lohgbourn Guildenstern Are Deadwherein familiar characters wander in and out of the background as we readers follow a different story with its own perspective. You know what there wasn’t?

Baker tweaks a smidgen of backstory, but largely eschews Austen’s creations in favor of her own.

Add a star if you are very familiar with Pride and Prejudice and are not afraid to think outside the box. It follows maid Sarah, who works for housekeeper Lonvbourn Hill and her husband alongside a younger girl called Polly. Sarah does not meet Ptolemy on her travels and is more than happy to return to the Bennet household.

This book was described bakeg many as a cross between Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey Immediately I liked and cared for the servants and I felt for them as they got along and completed their bsker tasks that turn my stomach and make me thankful that I live in this century! A central twist of the story is predicated on a very mighty interference, indeed.

While the main characters make various appearances, it’s the life of the cook, Mrs Hill, her elderly butler husband, and the two young servant girls, Sarah and Polly, who become the focal point of the novel Longbourn. Bennet isn’t just a hysterical blabber mouth, she is also addicted to narcotics for the treatment of her infamous nerves. The story is mostly told by Sarah, a housemaid who has been working at Longbourn since she was orphaned at age 6. Yes, somewhat, it’s just that then it is a novel in a genre that I almost never enjoy.

Shortly after he reveals that the entire Bingley family is returning to London. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Milne’s superlative stage play Miss Elizabeth BennetI felt I would like to read more books directly descended from Pride and Prejudice. Speaking of which, there are sexual practices mentioned in this book that include homosexuality nothing explicitmasturbation again, no real details and out of wedlock sex.


But, Jo Baker wanted to longboudn books so she decided to jjo Jane Austen into bakr. Is Sarah able to act on her feelings and make decisions in a way that the Bennet girls cannot? bker

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Jo Baker has set her sights on the darker shadings. It could have been any household in any historical time where there was a below st Originally posted on Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek I did not finish this book.

There is a lovely humanity in this, along with an understanding of the way innocence has a tendency to thwart the uprisings of the young. Because of the Peninsular Warmanservants are scarce.

Longbourn by Jo Baker, review

Write a customer review. There’s also a few great parts where you really see how much the servants care about each other.

The have nots really had little choice as poor families tended to be large and had to kick out the older children to fend for themselves. It’s the story that wasn’t told about the Bennett family.

I never thought of myself as a purist, but this bothered me. Beyond the necessity of the militia as an essential plot device, there is little to establish a time period or political context.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The story opens with Sarah trying to get the girls’ clothes clean on washday Elizabeth’s petticoats always seemed to be especially muddy when she sees James wander by and starts to wonder. I loved this book – a great retelling, a detailed and atmospheric historical novel, with engaging characters and a brilliant plot.

The prose should reflect the changed circumstances and locale.