About the book: Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she's been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So when it turns out that what her boyfriend Blake wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, only to find her job threatened when her boss brings in a consultant to help her expand the business to the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake's younger brother, Lucas.
Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate. But as perfect as Lucas seems, he clearly has his secrets. After all, there's an angry woman demanding money from him and a little girl who Lucas feels responsible for.
Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must figure out the truth—and soon—if she wants any hope of writing her own "happily ever after" ending.
My review: This book is so great! I love Jane Austen, and I love the way this book was written. Each and every chapter has a quote from a Jane Austen book that goes along with what happens in each chapter.
I love Emma in this book! I love that you see the story from her perspective and she is the ultimate Jane Austen fan, along with her best friend, or adopted sister, Silvia. Emma is usually watching a swoon worthy Jane Austen movie, or pulling out her well worn copy of Pride and Prejudice that she always has with her. But Emma eventually decides that love is not real and that Jane Austen has been telling the world lies about how things really are for hundreds of years, and everything bad that happens to Emma becomes all Jane's fault. I kind of love how real Jane Austen and her works were to Emma. Real enough that Emma was pretty furious with her. But I love the way Silvia eventually helps her to see that she's wrong about Jane.
This book opens with Emma surprising her boyfriend, Blake, at his family's home in San Diego. This scene is so funny, because he didn't plan on her coming and has already invited another woman over. Okay, it wasn't funny for Emma, especially since the people at her work have convinced her that he's planning to ask her to marry him. But it was comical how she meets Blake's brother Lucas.
And Lucas, he's amazing! He's a gentleman, and it's really comical when he shows up as a new co-worker for Emma. I love that scene! Emma mistakenly thinks something about Lucas that just isn't true, and that causes problems for the two later in the book. And Lucas has an aggravating habit of continually trying to get Blake and Emma back together, it's really annoying when it's so obvious that Emma is falling hard for Lucas.
This book is full of ups and downs, twists and turns that I never saw coming. It kept me wanting to read more and more. Even after I finished it, I loved it so much I just want to read it again...over and over, much like I have Jane Austen's books!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase links: Amazon - Deseret Book
About the author: Julie Wright started her first book when she was fifteen and was surprised to get it published. She's written over a dozen books since then, is a Whitney Awards winner for her novel Cross My Heart, and she feels she's finally getting the hang of this writing gig.
She enjoys speaking to writing groups, youth groups, and schools.
She loves reading, eating, writing, hiking, playing on the beach with her kids, and snuggling with her husband to watch movies. Julie's favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner. She hates mayonnaise but has a healthy respect for ice cream.
Visit her at her website: www.juliewright.com.
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