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• 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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Publishers Weekly Review
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This is a finely written story. Ms. Baker descriptive skills are nuanced, encouraging one's imagination to flourish.
wow. it looks like a straighforward copy or atleast the idea is taken from downtown abbey!!
This is a slow-moving story built around the "downstairs" people. You need to be patient while reading as nothing very much happens during most of the first half of the book. It is, however, interesting reading about the daily lives & duties of these hard working characters & you do get to know their personalities along the way. Plot development is slow, but the writing is descriptive and fascinating. It's a good read as long as you don't expect a lot of drama.