Monday, January 28th, was the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Being big fans of Jane's here at the cottage, I have read her books, watched the movies - and have decided opinions about them, and have read many of the prequel or sequel books.
Imagine my surprise this past fall to find out about a new friend, after she and her family returned to Ireland, that she is not only a Jane Austen scholar but an author of two fantastic books about Mr. Knightley!
These books tell the story of Mr. Knightley, but it is not really Emma from Mr. Knightley's point of view. These are books that tell his story.
I loved reading about his work as the local magistrate, his care for those in need in the parish of Donwell, his friendships with the new curate at Donwell, as well as his friendships that we already know from the book Emma.
However, the author Barbara Cornthwaite develops the relationship between John Knightley - who is married to Emma's sister, and George Knightley, big brother of John and neighbor and friend to the Woodhouses of Hartfield, through letters between them to show their character, humor, and brotherly affection - which includes of course, some good natured teasing. I really loved this part of the books.
The books are so well written that they really stand alone. You do not have to have read Emma or really to know much about that story to enjoy these books.
You can follow Barbara on Facebook here.
You can buy her books on Amazon here.
You can find out more about the authors at Crown Hill Publishing here.
If you love Jane Austen or if you simply love to read, I highly recommend these books by Barbara Cornthwaite to you!
If you read them, let me know!