#TBT Review: Longbourn by Jo Baker

Category: Historical Fiction

Published: 2013

Read: 2014

Score: 3/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.
 In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. 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 orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

Review: This is an interesting book and a different take on a classic. If you a lover of Jane Austen like I am you would be as excited as I was to read this book. I was a little disappointed but some parts of this book were entertaining and great from a different point of view.

It’s the story of Pride and Prejudice but from the point of view of all the helpers and staff in the houses featured in the book. You get glimpses of the story through out the entire book of what you know from Pride and Prejudice.

It’s all mainly from the point of view of Sarah and she travels from both the Bennett house to the other houses either by her self and with the Bennet’s. This is how she gets to meet the different servants and all these other people in the house. It’s interesting to see how different households are run depending on how much money the owners have.

I found the writing very well done. It was fast paced and fun to read from different points of views. What I didn’t like is the fact is was sooo long. I felt the book could have been cut in half and still been a great story. Plus some of the interactions with characters we already know and love were upsetting as they were painted as not nice people and Mr. Wickham like a rapist or soon to be rapist.

As the first book I’ve read of Jo Baker I was not happy but it will not stop me from reading more books by her and give her another chance. I will not read this one again thou. 


Pride and Prejudice, anything by Jane Austen. Historical Fiction.


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