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The Importance of Being Emma
     

The Importance of Being Emma

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by Juliet Archer
 

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Mark Knightley – handsome, clever, rich – is used to women falling at his feet. Except Emma Woodhouse, who’s like part of the family – and the furniture. When their relationship changes dramatically, is it an ending or a new beginning? Emma’s grown into a stunningly attractive young woman, full of ideas for modernising her family business

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Mark Knightley – handsome, clever, rich – is used to women falling at his feet. Except Emma Woodhouse, who’s like part of the family – and the furniture. When their relationship changes dramatically, is it an ending or a new beginning? Emma’s grown into a stunningly attractive young woman, full of ideas for modernising her family business. Then Mark gets involved and the sparks begin to fly. It’s just like the old days, except that now he’s seeing her through totally new eyes. While Mark struggles to keep his feelings in check, Emma remains immune to the Knightley charm. She’s never forgotten that embarrassing moment when he discovered her teenage crush on him. He’s still pouring scorn on all her projects, especially her beautifully orchestrated campaign to find Mr Right for her ditzy PA. And finally, when the mysterious Flynn Churchill – the man of her dreams – turns up, how could she have eyes for anyone else? With its clueless heroine and entertaining plot, this modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma stays true to the original, while giving fresh insights into the mind of its thoroughly updated and irresistible hero.

REVIEWS

"Juliet Archer has reinvented my absolute favorite Austen novel for a 21st-century audience, and done it with breathtaking charm and verve. "
Jane Austen Regency World Magazine

"So, what would Jane Austen have thought of Juliet Archer's retelling of Emma? Well, she'd have smiled delightedly at the writing, catching as it does the gentle comedy of her own work... I think she'd have mused on the fact that the modern Emma is rather more likeable than her Georgian counterpart and enquired if that was deliberate or if we were simply more used to spoilt rich girls. She'd have nodded wisely and accepted the book as fine tribute."
The Bookbag

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Winner of the 2011 Big Red Reads Fiction Award

Short-listed for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance

Juliet Archer has reinvented my absolute favorite Austen novel for a 21st-century audience, and done it with breathtaking charm and verve.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906931209
Publisher:
Choc Lit, Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Darcy & Friends Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

JULIET ARCHER is from Newcastle upon Tyne in England. She studied languages at the University of Nottingham. She describes herself as a 19th-century mind living in a 21st-century body. Actually, some days it’s the other way round. By day, she masquerades as wife, mother and businesswoman. By night, with a glass of wine and a box of chocolates in hand, she becomes an author. Juliet’s Darcy & Friends series are modern day versions of Jane Austen. Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Emma won the 2011 Big Red Reads Fiction Award and was short-listed for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. It was warmly praised by international bestselling author, Joanna Trollope. Her second novel, Persuade Me was short-listed for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award.

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The Importance of Being Emma 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a HUGE Jane Austen fan and after Pride and Prejudice, Emma is my second favorite. I enjoyed this story but I still had myself wishing for the original. Maybe I just had a hard time with everybody actually having sex...lol I still would recommend this story.
CraigLewis More than 1 year ago
Juliet Archer stayed true to the original plot of “Emma” but updated it in a clever and witty way. We all know and love these characters and to see them in a modern setting is so refreshing. It helps to keep them alive. In this version Emma is a marketing director of Highbury foods, Mr. Knightley CEO of Donwell Organics Foods. Frank “Flynn” Churchill is a television chef in Australia, Robert Martin is a Haulage director and Harriet Smith is a P.A. Emma is still trying to give Harriet a make over, as she claims “Harriet is a chav”. It if often hilarious , and Harriet does provide some comic relief. I even got the IKEA jokes, having a Klippan myself. Some how a modern setting seems to work just as well as it did in the 1800.We all know how these characters will act but yet you will still anticipate their actions. Modern life is so changed and it is hard to find modern counterparts. There are company mergers instead of engagements and Emma is still every bit as charmingly naïve. Juliet Archer gave “Emma” a make over and did it beautifully. She injected a bit of sexiness that was never present before. I wouldn’t mind borrowing her Mr. Knightley for the evening.
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This is a good modern update to Emma, one of my favorite novels. I found the characters interesting and the premise original. I plan on reading the others in her series- this is a worth a look.
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