My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bookshelves: brit lit, chick lit, i am an anglophile, love story not a romance, historical fiction, merry olde england
This is the Downton Abbey treatment of Pride and Prejudice, moving downstairs and focusing on the lives of housekeepers and footmen and maids, keeping Austen’s dramatis personae as supporting cast only. I found it slow to start, but it was still pleasant reading. About halfway in the juicy stuff started in earnest and I was turning pages at a good clip.
Move over, Mr. Darcy. Longbourn had more than one hero. Baker has painted Wickham with a much more despicable brush while providing the perfect belowstairs counterpoint to a favorite classic.