I thought Emma: A Latter Day Tale sounded like a fun retelling of a Jane Austen book that I have read and loved previously. However I missed a big clue in the name. A latter day tale is hinting that this book is set within the mormon community which I wasn’t expecting and put a different spin on the story.Emma, A Latter-day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison
Published by Inc on 13 Aug 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Emma's her name and matchmaking is her game! Quirky life coach Emma wants to help her first-ever client, a lonely nanny named Harriet. But all of her attempts at matchmaking result only in embarrassing miscues and blunders, leaving the pair disheartened and confused. This modern take on the Jane Austen classic shows that sometimes the greatest match is the one we make for ourselves
Even thought I read most genres, the genre I always avoid is Christian Fiction (even though I am one) as this just isn’t something I want to read about. It doesn’t appeal to me and I don’t want a book to preach at me.
And unfortunately I felt that Emma did just that. It was squeaky clean which was good for a Jane Austen book but I thought the retelling would be more relevant to todays world. It certainly doesn’t sound like any world that I live in. For example a 17 year that that is worried that no one will marry her, I just can’t make that ring true for me.
However the characters do resemble the JA characters faithfully and the story follows the same path as the original with a few twists. Such as Emma in this book is an aspiring life coach which I thought was a fun avenue for her take. Similar to the original Emma is likeable and infuriating all the same time, meddling but well intentioned and always misguided in her matchmaking skills.
Overall this book was ok but I feel that it should be labelled as Christian Fiction as that is what it is. I started the book feeling that I had been mislead by the synopsis and I never really recovered after that.
Thanks to NetGalley and Cedar Fort, Inc. for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Who should read this book?
If you enjoy Christian Fiction then I’m sure you would enjoy this one more than I did.
Bookish Chat : Do you ever get annoyed by a book that isn’t what you thought it was going to be? Did that make a difference to your reading experience like mine did here?