Sometimes you just need to put your feet up and relax with an engaging book, that will draw you in, not overtax you, and is enjoyable. For me 'Emma' has always been one of those books, and one of which I have never tired of. Emma Woodhouse lives on an estate with her father, her mother is dead, and her eldest sister is already married and has children. For Emma, spoilt since a child and always seeming to get her way, has more than enough time on her hands, she doesn't have to worry about marrying or money.
Deciding that she is a matchmaker is obviously one of Emma's worse ideas, as you find out in reading this book of comical misadventures. With Emma in some ways acting like a bull in a china shop, and messing up things, as well as not seeing the patently obvious is a character that people have become to love, despite Jane Austen thinking she would be someone that only the author could like.
Two years ago a small American website asked its contributors to choose their favourite Austen novel, and this one won. There isn't really any wonder why as this is just a charm to read. Taking in life in a small Surrey village and some of the occupants this gives the place life, and is something we can all relate to. If you are at work for instance you see what happens, with people gossiping, trying to decide who fancies who, and who is going out with who. And I think we all know someone who tries to matchmake.
All in all a charming and engaging book to read, that most definitely has stood the test of time. The characters are all different, with some very funny ones, such as Miss Bates, and Mr Woodhouse. This is definitely a book you can lose yourself in time and time again.