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Longbourn - Jo Baker This variation of Pride and Prejudice is told from the point of view of the Bennet’s servants. We get a different picture of the family’s life, and see the hardships and drudgery required to keep the “above stairs” running smoothly. I enjoyed seeing familiar events unfold from the servants’ perspectives; such as all we see of Elizabeth’s liveliness is that her long walks means lots of work to remove mud from her clothes.

Baker really captured the feel of the Regency period as told by Jane Austen, but brought a darker view by focusing on the plight of the lower classes. Baker did an excellent job of staying true to most of the characters Austen created, however her portrayal of one character was an unpleasant departure that marred my enjoyment of this book. That portrayal and what felt to be an unrealistic ending brought this from a 4 star to a 3 star read for me.