When Emma’s interference in her friends’ lives backfires, will the consequences be more than she bargained for? Emma Weaver is twenty-one years old and has found a passion for playing matchmaker with her Amish friends. Her neighbor, Gideon King, warns her about interfering in people’s lives, but she disregards his advice and plans to set up … Read More
It’s a saying, universally told, that every fairy tale begins with the famous words, ‘Once upon a time’. Welcome to the world of Everland, where live many kingdoms run by magic, curses and spells—where sorceresses and dark lords have more power than kings and queens. There in this land is Elizabeth Bennet, who after committing … Read More
Caroline Ashley is a journalist on the rise at the Washington Post until the sudden death of her father brings her back to Thorny Hollow to care for her mentally fragile mother. The only respite from the eternal rotation of bridge club meetings and garden parties is her longtime friend, Brooks Elliott. A professor of … Read More
Seek tirelessly and you shall not find a contemporary heroine of middle-grade literature as refined and romantic as Miss Polly Madassa. Still swooning over the romantic conclusions of Pride & Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables, twelve-year-old Polly decides her purpose in life: helping along lonely hearts in search of love. Polly’s only task this … Read More
“Jane Austen’s heir apparent” (Kirkus Reviews)–her great-great-grandniece Joan Austen-Leigh–follows her sparkling first novel, A Visit to Highbury, with another delightful sojourn to the village immortalized in Emma–a society in which the guest list for a ball or the unfortunate manners of a young lady are the things that truly matter.
What would happen if Jane Austen’s Emma was set in the twenty first century? Emma Woodhouse is a caring, considerate sort of girl who is well aware of her own good fortune and talent for getting the best out of other people. Which is why, when she meets someone with untapped potential, she puts all … Read More
Emma Tennant brings us the sequel to Emma, which finds Jane Austen’s spirited heroine in the fourth year of her marriage to Mr. Knightley. Although there is harmony between them, Emma is frankly bored. Mr. Knightley is affectionate; but he is, in reality, an old friend, who has, in his own words, “lectured and blamed” … Read More
Amanda is a bit bored–until she meets Haley and decides that with a little sprucing up, she would be the perfect wife for the local pastor. Amanda’s plan is falling into place when she discovers that Haley is dating Roger…and Pastor Eldridge is seeing someone else. Not to be thwarted, she steers Haley toward newcomer … Read More
Have you ever wondered about the hidden romance contained within Jane Austen’s Emma? This literary retelling of Austen’s classic novel focuses on the courtship and secret engagement of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill. How did two people of such evidently disparate temperaments fall in love? How was “the most upright female mind in the creation” … Read More
Mark Knightley – handsome, clever, rich – is used to women falling at his feet. Except Emma Woodhouse, who’s like part of the family – and the furniture. When their relationship changes dramatically, is it an ending or a new beginning? Emma’s grown into a stunningly attractive young woman, full of ideas for modernising her … Read More
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. … Read More
George Knightley is the owner of a considerable estate, a landlord, a magistrate, and a bachelor-a state that his brother John is perpetually prodding him to change. Thankfully, there is no one remotely suitable in his entire circle of acquaintance…or so he thinks. An unwanted interloper, a few romantic mishaps amongst his friends, and the … Read More
This BBC production, set in the small town of Highbury depicts the often hilarious attempts of Miss Emma Woodhouse to make proper marital matches for all of her friends. Though often mistaken in her judgement, she is counseled and criticised by her neighbor and brother-in-law, the wise Mr. Knightley whose attentions to her are motivated … Read More
Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships — both old and new — begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels.
Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit – matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her friends, most of all Harriot Smith. Emma is desperate for Harriot to find happiness, but every suitor she finds for her friend … Read More
Emma Woodhouse has a rigid sense of propriety as regards matrimonial alliances. Unfortunately she insists on matchmaking for her less forceful friend, Harriet, and so causes her to come to grief. Through the sharp words of Mr. Knightley, and the example of the opinionated Mrs. Elton, someone not unlike herself, Emma’s attitudes begin to soften…
Diana Birchall, who successfully took Mrs. Elton’s side in her In Defense of Mrs. Elton, here reprinted, tells more of her story: The Courtship of Mrs. Elton and the adventurous Mrs. Elton in America finish The Compleat Mrs. Elton trilogy.