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Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the... Read More »
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This is another historical novel set in the English countryside in the late 1700's. I liked it because it is told from the servant's point of view. Author Jo Baker gives a very candid account of their daily toil, and the idiocy of war. The protagonist, Sarah, falls in love with a manservant who inexplicably leaves one day. Their story propels the novel on. Fans of Downtown Abbey and Charlotte Bronte will like this one.
Longbourn is a fun visit back with the characters of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, although this time focusing on what happens in the domestic quarters. It was entertaining and sweet, but run on a little long and it would have been a little nicer to interact with Austen's old characters more. Overall, decent read.
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