Longbourn, by Jo Baker

The story is set in early 19th century England. It takes place on the Bennet family property, Longbourn. There are five daughters in the Bennet family and their mother is quite concerned that they marry into wealth. Sound familiar? However, Jo Baker has taken Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and turned it up side down. She has created an imaginative story about the servants in the Bennet household. Their relationships with the family members and interactions with other characters from the Austen book are woven into their story. Daily work tasks are described and you get a feel for the drudgery and hardship of the life of a servant. You also get a real sense of their caring for one another, and their longings for a better life. I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction.