Wednesday, January 15, 2014
While I was impressed overall with the quality of the writing, I felt like there was a digression during the last quarter or so of the book that was utterly unnecessary. As long as the action stayed around Longbourn and concerned the main characters, I was loving it. It was this weird backstory portion regarding one of the main characters that I was less interested in. It felt like two different stories and took me out of the great story that I was interested in for the first three quarters. I suppose that's also an entertainment value comment, but I felt like it made the book feel in need of a good edit and maybe some killing of the author's darlings.
Despite my dislike of the flashback/back story portion of the book, I still found it to be captivating. I loved that the bare bones of the original story are present, but that the author really gives us a completely original story with the servants. And it definitely had the upstairs/downstairs, Downton Abbey-esque feeling I was hoping it would.
I recommend it to fans of historical fiction, fans of the original or of retellings of the original, and those who are as obsessed with Downton as I am.
Posted by Julie G at 7:21 PM