The servants take center stage in this irresistibly imagined below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice.
While Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against her situation in life. And when a mysterious footman arrives at Longbourn, the orderly realm of the servants' hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.
Jo Baker reveals lives mentioned only fleetingly in Jane Austen's classic novel that has captivated the hearts of readers around the world for generations, daring to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Regency England into a vivid, fascinating, fully realized new world.
"[A]n elegantly executed twist on the celebrated story. Carefully crafted. It has as much suspense, drama and romance as any Austen fan could hope for, coupled with a smart social commentary on the injustice of poverty and class in 19th century England."
"The lives of the 99 percent are described in all of its skin-chafing glory. Baker gives [Sarah and the people like her] their chance to live on the page that should engross both neophyte and veteran Austen readers alike."