Holly Newbury’s life is on hold in the cozy English village of Chilton Crosse. While her friends are marrying, having children, and embarking on successful careers, Holly is raising her three younger sisters and working part time at the village art gallery. Her life feels incomplete, but family is more important to her than anything. Then a film crew’s arrival galvanizes the community, and Holly becomes fast friends with Fletcher Hays, the movie’s love-shy American writer.
The production of an Emma film isn’t the only drama in town, though. Their father makes a choice that threatens everything she gave up her dreams for. Holly’s sisters endure growing pains. And Fletcher plans to return to America as soon as filming is over, ruining any chance of their relationship blossoming further. After years of sacrificing for others, Holly must find the courage to take a risk on a future she never dared to expect.
I love Jane Austen, and I really thought this was an interesting intersection of modern day romance and classic Jane Austen.
Holly’s mother died, and she stayed home to help her dad care for her younger sisters. She put her entire life on hold to care for her family and now she’s eagerly awaiting her chance at life and love. When Fletcher arrives on the scene with a film crew to film “Emma” by Jane Austen, they meet and become friends. Does Holly have the courage to start living life for herself and to go after what she wants and deserves?
I really liked this book. As I said, I love Jane Austen, and I thought the touches of Austen throughout the book were really charming. The author wasn’t trying to recreate Austen by any means, but I think she was really paying homage to Austen and the way she crafted characters and love stories.
I really liked Fletcher. I thought he was charming in his shy demeanor and I loved the chemistry that he and Holly had together. Holly’s Father, however, can go jump off a cliff. I thought the way he was so demanding of Holly and just expected her to do things was selfish and a bit cruel. He made me angry quite a bit.
My only complaint with this book was that I felt the end was a bit rushed. I would have liked for it to play out a bit more and unfold more naturally. But, overall I found I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait for more!