Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Book Review: The Importance of Being Emma by Juliet Archer

Emma Woodhouse is 23 years old. She is successful, beautiful, and rich. Her father owns a food company at Highbury, which is a village in England. After studying marketing at universities like Harvard Emma moves back to Highbury and start working at her father's company. What Emma does not know when she is coming to Highbury is that her father Henry has asked Mark Knightley, Emma's teenage crush to mentor her. Mark has been working at India for past 8 years and last time he has seen Emma as a silly teenager. Things have definitely changed during the 8 years.

Emma and Mark has always been like brother and sister. That is at least what they say. Emma is still embarassed about her teenage crush to Mark. When they see each other again, especially Mark notices that Emma has become gorgeous and he definitely has so un-brotherly thoughts in his mind. Emma also sees that Mark is still gorgeous, even though he is turning 35.

Like we know from Jane Austen's Emma, Emma Woodhouse likes to do matchmaking. She thinks she was the one who matched Tom Weston and Kate Taylor. Kate worked for Henry's company, but after she got married she stopped working. To replace Kate Henry hires Harriet Smith, a pretty but a little bit silly girl. Emma sees Harriet as a project and she starts to match Harriet with Philip Elton who works for the Finance at Highbury Foods. Quite fast Emma notices that Harriet is not the one Philip has his eyes for.

Flynn Churchill, the son of Tom Weston is a legend at Highbury. Everyone is talking about him but nobody has really met him. When he finally arrives to Highbury Emma believes that he is the man of his dreams. Quite fastly he notices that he is not the one for her, but she still thinks of him as her friend.

A night after Highbury Food's party something important happens between Emma and Mark. The next morning they both try to make the thing that happen look unimportant, but in the end they both know that what happened was really important and unforgettable. When they clear their heads by avoiding each other they notice that they are the one's for each other.

I really liked this book. I read about it a while ago from JALS and when I saw a copy of the book on a shelf at Borders at Charing Cross Road I had to buy it. The book was funny, romantic, exciting and it had a gorgeous guy, Mark Knightley, on it. What else could I wish for?

The next book by Juliet Archer will be Jane Austen's Persuasion on 21st century. I am really looking forward to it.

I count this as a part of Everything Austen challenge!


  1. Fun idea to reset Emma in current times. Love that they pulled in a little Oscar Wilde for the title!

  2. I loved Emma by Jane Austen! Great review!


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