Wednesday, 27 January 2016

101th Post: New Weekly Feature and Review!

WOOING WEDNESDAY


For my 101th post I am introducing a new weekly feature...Wooing Wednesday, for everything romance - contemporary, historical, suspense, classics, young adult, etc.

For my first Wooing Wednesday post I will be reviewing a novel that I have read at least twice (so far) and was written by one of my favourite authors.  This is not the first romance I ever read but it is one of my favourites as it has humour and a dashing hero that banters without too much brooding.

One of the million different covers.
EMMA
Written by Jane Austen 
1815, 474 Pages (Penguin Classics 2003 version)
Genre: classic, romance, humour

Rating: ★★★★★

Emma's father, Mr. Wodehouse, wishes people would stop getting married and disrupting his life.  Hasn't he been a good man and good father? First his eldest daughter gets married and moves away.  Now Emma's companion and governess, Miss. Taylor has married a widower l(Mr. Weston) leaving Emma too much time to think.  Emma fancies herself a matchmaker, after all she was the one to set up Miss. Taylor and Mr. Weston, and wonders who else she can match up.  Mr. Wodehouse tells her to keep things as they are as he cannot stand anymore disruptions. Mr. Knightly, her friend and brother-in-law, wisely advises her to not meddle in other people's lives, and just worry about herself.   Emma is not looking for a man of her own so sets about coupling off other people - whether they want it or not.

One of favourite lines from Emma.
This is one of my favourite Jane Austen books (so far) - mostly because of Mr. Knightly! Mr. Knightly is not the brooding hero that Mr. Darcy, Heathcliffe and Rochester are.  His banter with Emma is adorable because he knows her flaws and loves her because of them.  He knows she has a big heart and so when he does make sarcastic comments they come off more loving.  And, when Emma does mess up he straight up tells her.  Emma is lovable but is so nosy, sort of like a well-meaning but ditsy relative (Gwyneth Paltrow does a great job portraying this ditsy-ness in the Hollywood version). Mr. Wodehouse is freaking hilarious.  His comments had me laughing out loud.  He is kind of the male version of Mrs. Bennett but adverse to his daughters marrying.  There are some great secondary
A great romantic line!
characters like Harriet Smith, Mr. Elton and Miss. Bates that evoke different emotion as you read this novel.  It is a great romantic comedy from the 19th century.  A perfect read for the cold weather holed up in your warm house! (And, after you can watch a modern retelling Clueless)

Next Wooing Wednesday we will be looking at historical romance series Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt.  

k (My Novelesque Life)   




 

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