Lend Me Leave
About the Book
A rival for the hand of Emma Woodhouse has brought about George Knightley’s realization of the true nature of his attachment to her. He is determined to win her in spite of Frank Churchill’s charming ways, and he has only to figure out how to make her realize that they were meant for each other. As he joins the ranks of the heart-sore men of Donwell, hope grows ever more faint, but good news sometimes comes at the most unexpected moments. Barbara Cornthwaite has written a retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma from the hero’s point of view. Carefully researched and skillfully written, this final book in the George Knightley, Esquire series tells the other side of Emma’s story.
The second volume of the George Knightley, Esquire series picks up after Mr. Knightley realizes he's in love with Emma, and it is just as good as the first.
Like Charity Envieth Not, this book is remarkably well-researched. The canon characters are in-character, and the original characters are interesting. Mr. Knightley still engages in witty banter with Emma, but he also tries to be more like a normal suitor - without giving away his feelings for fear of losing their friendship.
Other matters in Highbury intensify as well. Spencer the curate is dealing with love's rejection. Thievery and gambling complicate the lives of Mr. Knightley's tenants. And Frank Churchill, of course, seems to have an understanding with Emma.
This series is a great adaptation, and I highly recommend it.