Compared to 'Pride and Prejudice', fans of Austen's novel 'Emma' have to search a little harder to find spin-off continuations or reworkings, but there are some hidden gems out there. I like to give all Emma 'Austenuations' a try, especially after chancing across a new author like Samantha Adkins via her blog. 'A twist on Jane Austen's Emma' instantly grabbed my attention, and I think I must have been one of the first to download her novel on Amazon Kindle (which could do with a bit of editing work - the text is all over the place, and character's names are mixed up on occasion.)
Despite the first sentence - "Jane, you must come, I insist!" Lori said with sparkling blue eyes and… Read more
When I first read Elizabeth Gaskell's 'North and South' a couple of years ago, I wrote in my review that somebody should write a sequel to compensate for the rushed ending of the original. Catherine Winchester (and probably thousands of other fan fiction writers) has done just that, so how could I resist? And although no modern 'historical' novel can ever compare with the contemporary style and content of a story written over 155 years ago, 'Northern Light' is a quick, frothy and loved-up Happy Ever After that will satisfy readers who love the romance of 'North and South', and couldn't care less about history.
Picking up immediately where Mrs Gaskell drew to a halt - 'that… Read more
Another modern take on Jane Austen's 'Emma', supposedly set in Tasmania (but reads more like the author's native Texas). The characters' names link to the original - with 'Haley Schmitz' and 'Betty Cates' - but necessary changes are made to translate nineteenth century formality into today's more natural society. Emma Woodhouse becomes Amanda Wood-Priebe, twenty-five year old CEO of the family travel agency, once again educated in America (presumably to excuse the American dialogue). She lives with her diabetic father Henry, and is 'married' to her work. In the office, Amanda's secretary and closest friend is Haley Schmitz, a young orphan brought up in foster homes who is keen to 'belong'… Read more