An unstoppable combination: Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Austen, as Sandy modernizes the story of Emma Woodhouse. Emma Woodhouse's widowed father is an anxious man, obsessed with nutrition and the latest vitamins. He lives the life of a country gentleman in contemporary England, protectively raising his young daughters, Isabella and Emma. While Isabella grows into a young woman, marries a society photographer for Vogue at the age of 19 and gets down to the business of reproducing herself, Emma pursues a degree in interior design at university in Bath, and then returns to set up shop in her home village. With her educated eye for the coordination of pattern and colour, Emma thinks she can now judge what person would best be paired with another, and sets about matchmaking her young friend, Harriet, with various possible suitors. Little does she know she is not the only person encouraging romantic pairings in the village. As Emma's cupid-like curiosity about her neighbours, both young and old, moves her to uncover their deeper
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by Alexander McCall Smith
by Val McDermid
"Fans of Austen seeking any new retelling of her works will be well satisfied with Susan Lyons's performance, which is calm and light, with tongue neatly planted in cheek. However, author McCall Smith seems to have lost his own tongue in attempting to emulate Austen's. The material is not as rich one wishes from a marriage of the two authors. The Scottish (in McCall Smith's casting) governess Miss Taylor is more vivacious and strong-willed than her pupil and far more entertaining. Nonetheless, Lyons does make us care about the Emma in this retelling, even if she's more a hapless 20-something still living with her parents than the headstrong yet lovable girl of Austen's original. K.W. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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