Author: Jane Austen
Rating: 4 of 5
A book centered entirely around gossip and matchmaking isn’t usually my cup of tea…I read this mostly so that I would be able to discuss it intelligently with my wife, who loves both the book and the Gwyneth Paltrow screen adaptation. That being said, I found it fairly enjoyable; not because of the 400-page overblown gossip-fest of a plot, but because Jane Austen was a genius at writing believable, engaging characters (or purposely irritating ones – shut up Miss Bates!). Watching spoiled but good-hearted Emma navigate romance and small-town society while becoming a wiser person was worth a read even if it did drag on a bit long for my taste.