Review: Longbourn, by Jo Baker

Jane Austen is having another good century. This book was more appealing to me than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, another Austen spin-off from 2009. In Longbourn the focus is on housemaid Sarah and her fellow servants in the Bennett household. All the scut work involved in cooking, cleaning and laundry for a family of seven, no running water or any kind of appliances involved is depicted in detail. One of the characters is in the British Army and the extreme brutality of the Napoleonic War era is also portrayed. Baker’s involved plot intertwines the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Hill, the housekeeper and butler and Mr. and Mrs. Bennett. A worthwhile read, early nineteenth century life from the below stairs view.

RATING: * * * A good read

Reviewed by: kh

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