Longbourn by Jo Baker (2013)
Longbourn is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the servants.
Although I’ve never fully read Pride and Prejudice, I can quote many of the lines by heart from watching the 1995 miniseries (with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth) more times than I can count.
Longbourn doesn’t really provide any new insights into P&P, though it does add some backstory. It is more of a standalone novel taking place in the same setting as P&P. At the same time, I wouldn’t really recommend it unless you’re already familiar with P&P.
A Downton Abbey and P&P mashup seemed like a brilliant idea, but Longbourn didn’t accomplish that. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t love the story.
You might like this book if you are interested in…
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Shoe roses
- British historical romances
- Washing soiled petticoats
- Downton Abbey
- Retellings of classic stories