Welcome to the blog tour for Emma: A Latter-Day Tale by Rebecca Jamison!
NOT Looking for Love: Single woman (23) seeks best friend to chat on the phone, shop the clearance racks, watch chick flicks, try out messy cooking projects, and eat Dove dark chocolates.
Emma isn’t so good at the whole life-coaching thing. Her first client ended up with a broken heart and is threatening to relapse in her bad habits. Now Emma has problems of her own to deal with, and all those problems start with one name: Justin.
Justin is her best friend, so it’s hard for Emma not to feel betrayed when she suspects he is falling for her childhood rival. And she knows she’s losing him despite her best efforts. No matter how much she tries, she keeps running up against obstacles. How is she supposed to help other people when she’s drowning in her own failures?
Fans of Jane Austen’s Emma will love this modern retelling of the classic romance novel. Fall in love with Emma’s latter-day tale of redemption, forgiveness, and the quest for true love.
Title: Emma: A Latter-day Tale
Author: Rebecca H. Jamison
About the Author:
Looking for love? Rebecca H. Jamison would love to set you up with that special someone, but you’re better off reading her books. She has a terrible track record as a matchmaker.
Rebecca grew up in Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a BA and MA in English with an emphasis in creative writing. In between college and graduate school, she served a mission to Portugal and Cape Verde.
Rebecca enjoys running, dancing, reading, and watching detective shows. She and her husband have six children. You can learn more about her at www.rebeccahjamison.com.
Emma has everything planned out. She's going to become a life coach and help everyone with her fab advice. She just needs someone to help. Emma finds that person in the new girl in their ward, Harri. Soon Emma has taken Harri under her wing and is ready to find Harri someone to love. Emma's best friend (and her sister's brother-in-law) Justin doesn't think this is a great idea though. Emma will struggle some though when she discovers her help has been less than helpful. If that's not enough to deal with, Emma gets caught up in some other awkward situations. Emma's going to have to work very carefully to keep all her hard work from unraveling around her.
I love Jane Austen's Emma and the movie Clueless (also based on Emma), so I was excited to read this book. It definitely lived up to my expectations. Now clearly if you are familiar with the original, there are no huge surprises in this book. However, it manages to capture the charm and wit of the original as well, so it makes it a super enjoyable book to read. In this instance Emma wants to be a life coach, and she feels that she really has lots of great ideas. The problem with her ideas is that instead of leading someone to reach their goals, she wants to take over their lives for them. This clearly causes issues. The biggest problem lies within Emma herself though. To truly help people, she has to figure her own life out first. As always that is easier said than done.
This book is so enjoyable. The author has such a friendly way of writing that just draws you in immediately. I had planned to read this book spread out of a couple of days between other tasks I had to do. Yeah, that didn't happen. I basically devoured it all in one sitting. The familiarity of the story just wrapped around me like a comfy blanket, and I didn't want it to stop. If you love the original, you'll love this version as well.
Book provided for review.