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Out of the Blue

Italian book blogger. Loves Jane Austen, ice cream, and the colour blue.
Emma: A Latter-Day Tale - Rebecca H. Jamison E-galley received through Netgalley for review.

This is a retelling of Jane Austen's novel Emma, set in a Mormon community. Emma Woodhouse is a 23-year-old receptionist who lives with her father. She is unhappy with her job and studying to become a life coach. To get practice, she decides to start by helping Harri (short for Harriet), a nanny who has just moved in town, to find a boyfriend. Things, however, don't always go according to Emma's plans.

I found this retelling to be fresh and fun. Of course, I could tell from miles away who Emma was going to end up with. Still, it was a fun read, and the modernization worked quite nicely. the Mormon elements in the story are rather marginal and can be easily ignored. I also liked the character of Jena Farley, who fill the role of Jane Fairfax. You could just tell she had a big secret. In this novel she's a famous country singer, which I found to be a nice spin on the original.