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    For true Jane Austen fans, Longbourn is easily compared to it's inspiration, Pride and Prejudice. Unlike other P&P stories, Jo Baker has created a story that is easily capable of standing on it's own. Individuals who have never read Austen are easily able to following along. Each character has their own unique story and Baker has successfully managed to intertwine each of them, not unlike true stories from that era. Read for a book club, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and am very much looking forward to Jo Baker's next story. The novel caused me to re-evaluate the beloved characters from Austen's novel, some for the better and others not so much. I would highly recommend this story to all of my dearest friends.
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    This book was just OK

    " Longbourn" by Jo Baker is a novel that retells "Pride and Prejudice" from the servants perspective. Honestly, I have not read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen but I have to say "Longbourn" was not what I expected. The book starts very slow and it's not until part III that it picks up the pace with the ending kind of wrapping up in a hurry, in a few vague paragraphs. The plot revolves around the differences between class and poverty and the exhausting labours of the servants and housemaids. The relationship between Sarah and James seems to me a little obtuse. Overall, a slow moving story through what could have been a really fascinating and intriguing plot setup. I'm glad I read it, because I' m very intrigued to read "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.
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    Very nice read

    I wish there was more to the ending. Felt a bit abrupt but satisfying. I stayed up way too late in many nights just to get past an important part. It's well written and a great accompaniment to Jane Austen's Literature.
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    Longbourn.

    I have read "Pride and Prejudice" several times and I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Longbourn" and the lives of the servants and understanding how difficult their lives were in those days of servitude. Well written and very enjoyable.
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    Longbourn

    Realistic retelling of Pride and Prejudice from "downstairs". A whole different prespective than the usual sequels or prequels,
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