04 April 2014
I listened to Longbourn by Jo Baker by over the course of a few weeks. It is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a focus on the household staff. Sarah is the young housemaid who has to wait on the Bennett girls while trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. There's the new footman, James, who maybe likes Sarah and brings a "mysterious past" with him. I wanted to like it going in but I really ended up not enjoying it. I felt the main character often made stupid choices and the whole "he pretends to hate her because he's really in love with her" plot is over-used. Also, I always feel like Wickham is bad enough, and the Lydia/Wickham couple are punished enough by their having to be married to each other, that I always feel retellings that make him worse are just piling on. Wickham can be a bad guy without also being a child molester! I kept listening (the reader is really very good) but ultimately this one fell flat to me. a 3.