Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: For Jane Austen Fans and Others

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature of the Breaking the Spine blog.  It's a great way to share information about forthcoming books with other readers.
This week's anticipated book:
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication Date: October 8, 2013

From barnesandnoble.comPride and Prejudice was only half the story  If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.
In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic—into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars—and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own. 

My Thoughts: This sounds like the perfect read for those of us who are fans of Jane Austen novels, as well as anyone who enjoys the drama of Upstairs Downstairs, and/or Downton Abbey.  I am looking forward to curling up with this book in the cool autumn weather.

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