A favourite game of the rich and beautiful Emma Woodhouse is dabbling in the marriage market, where she plays with everyone’s hearts except her own.
But, for Jane Fairfax, the other heroine of Jane Austen's Emma, marriage is not a game. Orphaned and without a dowry to attract a husband, she must rely on her charms to secure an engagement, or find work as a governess.
In a superb companion novel to Austen's romance, Joan Aiken reveals another world unknown to Emma - this is Jane's secret story of love and heartache.
Others may try, but nobody comes close to Aiken in writing sequels to Jane Austen
Fun to read, an affectionate tribute, and companion volume to the original, Joan Aiken's novel will intrigue and entertain
Here's a treat for the reader - Aiken's view of Jane Fairfax where the darker side of Regency life is reflected, and Emma is only a minor character - something that would have annoyed that self-important young lady. Great fun
Jane Fairfax can't fail to charm and intrigue with its deft array of anticipations and explanations of what really went on
The great achievement of the book is not to let the lovers find each other, but to have Jane and Emma learn they should have been friends