Mr. Knightley's Diary

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Relive Jane Austen's Emma- from Mr. Knightley's point of view.

Between managing his estate and visiting his brother in London, Mr. Knightley is both exasperated and amused by his irresistibly beautiful, outrageously mischievous neighbor, Emma Woodhouse, whose misguided attempts at matchmaking are wreaking havoc in the village of Highbury.

But when a handsome newcomer arrives and catches Emma's attention, Mr. Knightley is shocked by his ...

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Overview

Relive Jane Austen's Emma- from Mr. Knightley's point of view.

Between managing his estate and visiting his brother in London, Mr. Knightley is both exasperated and amused by his irresistibly beautiful, outrageously mischievous neighbor, Emma Woodhouse, whose misguided attempts at matchmaking are wreaking havoc in the village of Highbury.

But when a handsome newcomer arrives and catches Emma's attention, Mr. Knightley is shocked by his reaction. Amusement gives way to another emotion entirely-for his unreasonable dislike of the handsome newcomer seems suspiciously like jealousy.

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Living at Hartfield, her Surrey home, Emma Woodhouse is an inveterate matchmaker. Her latest project is Harriet Smith, a school friend of the Misses Martin, the tenants of Mr. Knightley, the local magistrate and owner of Donwell Abbey estate. Living on neighboring property, Knightley has known Emma her whole life, and now Knightley's brother, John, has married Emma's sister, Isabelle. But he cannot fathom Emma's obtuseness as she tries to maneuver Harriet into the position of wife of the vicar, Mr. Elton, never noticing that Elton has eyes only for Emma herself. Knightley's diary entries reveal the daily life of a rural village, with its personages, activities, social strata, and local color. His first-person commentary puts him at the center of the action in this charming reframing of Jane Austen's Emma, and knowing the outcome of the story doesn't lessen the romantic tension and expectation for the reader. Grange (Mr. Darcy's Diary) hits the Regency language and tone on the head. Recommended for all public libraries. [To enhance the Austen aura, a new musical of Emma, written by Jane Eyrecomposer Paul Gordon, is having its world premiere at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, CA, from August 22 to September 16.-Ed.]After nearly two centuries of speculation, a hidden memoir by the adored Austen reveals the existence of a romance that was most likely fodder for her novels and the basis for her romantic heroes. Or so novelist James, also a screenwriter, would have us believe. Following the death of her father, Jane and her mother and her sister are relegated to the position of "poor relations," staying intermittently with her brothers and theirfamilies. On a trip to Lyme with her brother Henry, Jane meets Mr. Frederick Ashford, heir to Pembroke Hall in Derby. There is an instant connection, but their acquaintance is cut short when he is suddenly called home. It is quite some time before they meet again, in Southampton, where Jane is now living. And for three weeks, the pair are inseparable, leaving the spinsterish Jane with hopes of marriage to someone who appreciates and encourages her writing. Things don't go as expected, and once again Jane is left hurt and disillusioned. But her feelings roil within her and feed into her characters. This fascinating novel will make readers swear there was such a man as Mr. Ashford and that there is such a memoir. The text includes footnotes and even an editor's foreword and afterword, though, in truth, there is no editor. Tantalizing, tender, and true to the Austen mythos, James's book is highly recommended.
—Bette-Lee Fox

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425217719
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 278,279
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Grange has written many historical and Regency novels. She lives in England.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Emma with a twist

    If you want to know what Mr. Knightley's version of events is this is the book for you. Ms. Grange does a terrific job at keeping the tone of the original novels and characters while telling you the hero's perspective of events.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    What a cute story!

    It was a very refreshing story to read! I enjoyed reading the story Emma from Mr. Knightly's point of view.


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  • Posted July 30, 2011

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    I love Mr. Knightley!

    This is a very well written re-telling of Emma that makes you want to keep reading and not put the book down until you are done. This book does a great job of making you feel you understand what is going on in Mr. Knightley's mind and better understand his actions. If you don't love Mr. Knightley before you read this re-telling you will love him by the end and if you do love him already you will love him even more!

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  • Posted January 21, 2010

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    Mr. Knightly's Diary, a twist on Emma

    Mr. Knightly's Diary is not like any book that I have read before. It is written in Diary format from Mr. Knightly's perspective. It is a very enjoyable book from a wonderful author. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know what happens on the other side of the story.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    I love this series

    I really enjoyed it (and the others in the series for that matter) the only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars is because it got a little dull hearing about HIS life so much before it hits him that he loves Emma. I hope ALL Jane Austen's characters get their own diary.

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Experience Jane Austen's EMMA through the eyes of her hero. <BR/><BR/>MR. KNIGHTLEY'S DIARY takes us through a year of his life as he writes about his estate life, visiting with the neighbors, dinner parties he must attend, and his daily encounters with Emma. <BR/><BR/>These encounters range from enjoyable moments, to moments where he wishes her to grow as a person, and finally to things he wishes would happen between the two of them. <BR/><BR/>If you're a Jane Austen fan or you've read EMMA, then this latest Jane Austen diary from the male perspective is a must read.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    more a series of vignettes than a cohesive story line

    In his journal Mr. Knightley writes about being sad that he had to missed the weeding, but amazed that his friends John and Isabella have been married seven years and have five kids. H wonders if he needs to take some time away from his successful properties and their tenants to find a wife although he has no prospects. Highly regarded by everyone who knows Mr. Knightley, his closest friends are his neighbors, the invalid Mr. Woodhouse and his daughter Emma, who drives him crazy with her romantic matchmaking until the new hunk arrives on the scene. Upset and jealous, Mr. Knightley continues to write diary entries as he attends dinners, other galas, and plays whist while venting in secret.---------------- Jane Austen continues to be in as Amanda George provides a gender bending tribute to Emma from the male viewpoint as to the goings-on in the neighborhood. Well written with a realistic eye to the rustic lifestyle of the aristocracy, fans of Ms. Austen will appreciate this interesting perspective, but keep in mind that a journal is more a series of vignettes than a cohesive story line.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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