Emma: A Latter-day Tale is a fast-paced, modern version of Jane Austen’s Emma.
From The Back Cover:
“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. Emma now 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. 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.
The book is subtitled A Latter-day Tale because the main characters are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormons. Like many Latter-day Saints, Emma is very goal-oriented. Her enthusiasm for improvement gets her into some messes, and she eventually learns to love herself as a work in progress. The book takes place in the Washington, D.C. area.
HMMMM. Confessions first. I have never read Jane Austen, but I have seen movies and read book adaptations. I do not have the plot memorized, so this was read in my mind as a stand alone book. I thought the story of Emma was a light hearted and fast read. I had a hard time with certain parts of the story and wished certain characters had more depth to them. I thought it was interesting, but not sure it was excellent.
You can read the first chapter at: https://www.