*** Longbourn by Jo Baker


Longbourn is the cleverly written story of the servants of the family of Elizabeth Bennet, of Pride and Prejudice fame. There are many echoes of the historical history of servants reviewed here a few months ago and a myriad details of how the comfortable lifestyle of the family are sustained through hard work behind the baize doors. Of course, there is a romance, and many family secrets that will be revealed in due course — that is, slowly. If you want to relive the novel, this is for you. I lost full interest partway through, as the plot is just a little too convoluted for my taste, and the period details are often overwhelmed with anachronistic story elements and occasionally language, but the 19th Century atmosphere and story genre is well captured.

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