5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining and enthralling; done with lightness of touch,
By A Customer
This review is from: Jane Fairfax (Jane Austen Entertainments) (Paperback)
One of the teases in Emma, that most teasing of books, is that it leaves you wanting to know more about Jane Fairfax, and the feeling that Jane is probably the more interesting woman of the two. And Joan Aiken tells us more. She tells us what it was like for Jane, growing up in three rooms with two old ladies and wearing the Wodehouse girls' cast off clothes; what it was like leaving Highbury for London; and what really happened at Weymouth. She looks at the stark future facing Jane, if she had not met Frank Churchill. And she takes us on through the events of Emma, who missess so much, telling us what Jane was going through. Only Jane Austin is Jane Austin, but in many ways this is the more interesting book. It wears it two hundred years of hindsight lightly. Enjoy it, you are in safe hands.