Published by Pantheon on April 7th 2015
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Received from Goodreads first reads giveaway.
This was a hard book to review. I think it is very hard to take on the re-telling of a beloved classic book. Even harder to re-tell the book in the modern age – especially with the dialogue. The characters dialogue, when speaking and addressing each other, in the modern re-telling had to not be as “formal” as the were in the original book. At times this worked in the book but at other times I thought the characters were still on the formal side with each other.
To be honest it was strange to see the characters using modern conveniences (cell phones etc.) But this is of no fault to the Author. When I think of the Characters, I think of them as Austen has created them (living in a simpler time). I think this book will be better received by those who have not read Jane Austen’s Emma first.
Alexander McCall Smith is a gifted writer and this was my first introduction to his work. I would be more than willing to read his other novels.
In short, I liked the book but didn’t love it.