Today’s team review is from Jenny R
Jenny has been reading I Could Write A Book by Karen M Cox
Chic Lit, Drama
This book has been written well and truly in the style of Jane Austen’s ‘’Emma. A modern take on the classic tale, which works well. There are plenty of characters that are all distinctive and they all add something to the flow of the story.
Once a character has been introduced into the drama, it does not take long to get to know each one and it is easy to visualize how they appear in your minds eye, from what they are wearing to their facial expressions.
If you have read Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, then you may find that this story is far too similar, therefore you can anticipate what is going to happen and may well get bored with it. However, there is a good momentum to each chapter and this did help engage me and capture my imagination. I have no doubt at all that Karen has accomplished what she set out to do with this story in making it work in a modern world.
“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich…”
Thus began Jane Austen’s classic, a light and lively tale set in an English village two hundred years ago. Yet every era has its share of Emmas: young women trying to find themselves in their own corners of the world.
I Could Write a Book is the story of a self-proclaimed modern woman: Emma Katherine Woodhouse, a 1970s co-ed whose life is pleasant, ordered, and predictable, if a bit confining.
Her friend George Knightley is a man of the world who has come home to fulfill his destiny: run his father’s thriving law practice and oversee the sprawling Donwell Farms, his family legacy in Central Kentucky horse country.
Since childhood, George’s and Emma’s lives have meshed and separated time and again. But now they’re adults with grown-up challenges and obligations. As Emma orchestrates life in quaint Highbury, George becomes less amused with her antics and struggles with a growing attraction to the young woman she’s become.
Rich with humor, poignancy, and the camaraderie of life in a small, Southern town, I Could Write a Book is a coming of age romance with side helpings of self-discovery, friendship, and finding true love in the most unlikely places.
Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of novels accented with romance and history: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, Undeceived, and I Could Write a Book. Other published works include an ebook novella, The Journey Home, “Northanger Revisited 2015”, which appeared in Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer, “I, Darcy,” a short story in The Darcy Monologues, and “An Honest Man”, which will appear in the upcoming anthology, Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentleman Rogues.
Originally from Everett, WA, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, where she works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter. Like Austen’s Emma, Karen has many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but like Elizabeth Bennet, she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker.