March 2, 2015

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Longbourn
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN-10: 0345806972
ISBN-13: 9780345806970


Pride and Prejudice was only half the story

If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.

In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.


Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic—into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars—and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own.


 
 

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About Jo Baker
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Jo Baker was born in Lancashire and educated at Oxford University and Queen’s University Belfast. THE UNDERTOW is her first publication in the United States. She is the author of three previous novels published in the United Kingdom: OFFCOMER, THE MERMAID'S CHILD and THE TELLING. She lives in Lancaster.

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