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Longbourn
Longbourn | Jo Baker
Pride and Prejudice was only half the story If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, shed most likely be a sight more careful with them. In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austens classicinto the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Warsand, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own.This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
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peanutnine
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I loved reading this one with the #pemberlittens - it was a nice look at behind the scenes of my favorite Austen novel. The lives of the servants are just as interesting and dramatic, even though they have less freedom in the every day. I enjoyed watching Sarah grow as a character and learn a bit more about the realities of the world.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Sparklemn
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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So glad I finally read this book. It was my first long chapter-a-day read with the #pemberlittens and won't be my last. I liked getting to know the staff and thinking about everything that was going on “downstairs“ while the well-loved events of Pride and Prejudice unfolded “upstairs.“ I did not like how one of my favorites from upstairs acted completely out of character toward the end of the book. The pic is called Sewing Maid by Alexis Vollon.

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melissajayne
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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4.5⭐️ I really enjoyed the book and noticed much more of the story the second time I read it. I really liked the behind the scenes of the book, while still having a lot of familiar characters around. #2022 #historicalfiction #retellings #fiction #bookreview #bookstagram #pemberlittens

Read this as my #doublespin for August

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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DebinHawaii
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Finally! This book has been on my Kindle for ages now so I‘m happy to have finally read it with my #PemberLittens friends. The story of Pride and Prejudice, but more as it‘s told from the perspective of the Bennet‘s servants with their own stories mixed in. Although it paints some favorite characters in a less flattering light, it was well done & the end satisfied. I found a #chapteraday was a great way to read it. Thanks to @BarkingMadRun ! 🤗💙

BarkingMadRun Glad you enjoyed it!! 2mo
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CoffeeNBooks
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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If you like Jane Austen-inspired books, this one is great. It's the story of the Bennets' servants at Longbourn, the ones in the background of Pride & Prejudice. Here, their stories are told. #Pemberlittens

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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 20: Mary is the last chick in the nest and she‘s finally happy….. poor Mr Hill died….. Polly wants to be a teacher…. And Sarah has gone off to look for James….. let me know what you thought of the book! I am at a Book Lovers Convention, so I finished it during the week! #jaaaaaames #pemberlittens #chapteraday #andtheylivedhappilyeverafter

CoffeeNBooks James!! Finally! I think it's interesting that Mrs. Hill realizes that she's right where she would have ended up even if things had turned out differently for her and Mr. Bennet in the beginning. I really enjoyed this book! It had been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile, and I'm so glad I finally read it. 2mo
Ruthiella I liked how is panned out. My only complaint is how it made me think of Elizabeth in a different light. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun @Ruthiella I‘m choosing to ignore those parts 🤣 @CoffeeNBooks I‘m glad you finally got to read it! 2mo
Ruthiella @BarkingMadRun 😂excellent strategy! 2mo
peanutnine Loved the ending! I liked how Mrs. Hill stayed optimistic and believed that no contact from Sarah meant that she had found James and they were safe but under the radar 2mo
CrowCAH It was very emotional, I teared up. Her hope at finding him and then reunited. 2mo
julieclair I thought the ending was very satisfying. I agree, @CoffeeNBooks , it was so interesting and philosophical of Mrs. Hill to realize she was right where she would have ended up anyway. And #Jaaaames ! Finally! I really enjoyed this book. 2mo
julieclair @BarkingMadRun You are definitely #TheHostessWithTheMostest ! Thanks for doing such a great job. I looked forward to your posts each day. And I really loved doing this as a #ChapterADay with all my #PemberLittens friends. 😃 2mo
DebinHawaii This was a great read! Thank you for hosting & your posts! 🤗 2mo
BarkingMadRun Thank you @julieclair and @DebinHawaii I love hosting!!! 2mo
SarahBookInterrupted The ending was very satisfying! And I also loved yours posts. It was so fun! 2mo
BarkingMadRun Yay! @SarahBookInterrupted I‘m glad you liked it!! 2mo
Bklover This was wonderful I loved the ending. Thanks for hosting @BarkingMadRun ! You can just put me in the list whenever you do another!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
melissajayne I really enjoyed the reread 1mo
Sparklemn @peanutnine I liked that, too. She‘s a very wise woman. 1mo
Sparklemn @BarkingMadRun Thank you so much for hosting! I‘m looking forward to more chapter-a-day reads with the #pemberlittens! 1mo
BarkingMadRun @Sparklemn I‘m glad you liked it! I‘m leading next month as well! Stay tuned! 1mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 19: Tol comes to Pemberley and he‘s seen James! A pregnant Lizzy wants Sarah to stay, but Sarah wants to go search for James! #runSarahrun #jaaaaaaaames #pemberlittens #chapteraday #willsarahfinallyfindjames #staytuned #onemorechapter #hallmarklastminuteending

julieclair Love your “editorial comment” on the meme! 😂 Surely James will reappear. Right? Especially now that he‘s been sighted by Tol. And I think it was very nice of Tol to tell her. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun @julieclair I couldn‘t resist 2mo
Bklover I agree, @julieclair - it was very kind of Tol to tell her. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I hope Sarah finds James!! 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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julieclair This took me by surprise! I really thought Sarah would love Pemberley, and James would eventually show up there to find her. It makes me sad that she's unhappy. And how in the world can Lizzy be unhappy? She has Pemberley AND Mr. Darcy! 2mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I know! That‘s the one part I can‘t reconcile with! 2mo
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Bklover I have really loved this book, but I don‘t like it when the author starts messing with Lizzie and Mr Darcy. Is the author just having trouble wrapping up the end? 2mo
BarkingMadRun @Bklover I‘ve finished this, and she didn‘t need to mess with them to finish it, it‘s a little frustrating lol don‘t mess with my faves! 2mo
Bklover @BarkingMadRun Exactly! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @julieclair My thoughts exactly! 2mo
DebinHawaii I agree! 😡 2mo
Vansa Agree with all the comments above.Not very clear exactly what is making Lizzy so unhappy and uncertain, either.I get that the author wants to show that things aren't so perfect but it's not like Austen depicts perfection either! 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 17: a nervous Lizzy is taking Sarah with her to Pemberley. #whatifjamescomesback #poorsarah #jaaaaames #pemberlittens #chapteraday #almostthere #jaaaames #whereareyou

Vansa This was a bit i didn't think rang true.Lizzy is confident enough to reject Mr.Darcy's proposal,I would understand some slight apprehension but she seems to diminish so much.She's portrayed as constantly nervous when it's really not in keeping with her character at all. 2mo
julieclair I agree with @Vansa . This lack of confidence is uncharacteristic for Lizzy. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun @Vansa @julieclair I totally agree, it‘s not like her to care about that kind of thing! 2mo
Bklover You are all right! I couldn‘t figure out what didn‘t feel right but you all nailed it. 2mo
Ruthiella Yes. I resented a little how this book made me feel about beloved P&P characters. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @Ruthiella I totally get that! I‘ve had a few moments where I wasn‘t too thrilled with how she portrayed them! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Is Sarah going to end up with Ptolemy, or is she going to wait for James?! Will James ever come back?! 2mo
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks I really hope James comes back! I want Sarah and James together! 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 16: Bingley and Darcy are back! Which also means Tol is back. Tol ❤️ Sarah but Sarah ❤️ James, so Tol is invisible. Polly blames herself for James leaving. Basically, everyone but Bingley and Jane are miserable. #unmitigatedass #jaaaames #pemberlittens #chapteraday #shortchapterssuck

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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 15: Mrs Hill calls out Mr Bennet for not being as supportive of James #youtellhim #beabetterhuman #notafanofmrbennetorshortchapters #wheresjames #jaaaaaaames #pemberlittens #chapteraday

julieclair I‘m so proud of Mrs. Hill. And…. these short chapters are killing me! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks And Mrs. Hill also calls him out for not treating Mrs. Bennet with respect, if I read that part correctly? 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 14: Wickham is back, but he seems to be behaving himself…. Until he suggests bringing Polly to Newcastle with them 🙄🙄🙄 #hellno #creeper #stayawayfromPolly #runPollyrun #jaaaaaaaames #pemberlittens #chapteraday

julieclair Ugh. Wickham. Such a creep. 2mo
SarahBookInterrupted I‘ve read this book before but completely forgot Wickham suggested that. He is a real villain. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun @SarahBookInterrupted he‘s the worst!! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Uggh. Wickham is so creepy! 2mo
Vansa What struck me was how.....matter of fact the writing about this was. It must have been so difficult for women in service- still is, I'm sure. Should Mrs Hill and Sarah have spoken to Polly and warned her? What do people think? Of course,this wasn't a time when people spoke of sexual abuse- not like my mother ever sat me down and told me anything! 2mo
Bklover @Vansa I wondered the same thing. At least she‘d know to try to avoid him. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @Vansa I totally agree, it‘s almost like they all knew it could happen and all they could do was try and keep them away from each other. They never said a word to Polly 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 13: Lydia is married, everything is back to normal, and Wickham will never come back 🙄 #foreshadowing #hescomingback #hidePolly #whatatrainwreck #shortchaptersarekillingme #jaaaaaaames #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CoffeeNBooks Mr. Hill doesn't need all that money, he just wants some wine and parmesan for himself and Mrs. Hill. 😁 Poor Sarah, everyone will soon forget James was ever there. 😢 2mo
julieclair @CoffeeNBooks Isn‘t it amazing how little Mr. Hill would need to feel “rich”? He‘s a good example of the concept of “having enough”. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair @CoffeeNBooks I know! Sweet Mr Hill! 2mo
CrowCAH Hopefully they never see Wickham again! 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 12: Mr Bennet is back without Lydia and everyone is in an uproar. Sarah wants to go find James but Mrs Hill convinces her to stay…… #mrbennetcaneathisapology #toolittletoolate #poorsarah #comehomejames #wickhambetternottouchpolly #thesechaptersaretooshort #enoughisenough #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CoffeeNBooks And NOW Mr. Bennett wants to be nice to Mrs. Hill and have her hold his hand?! 🙄 I love your hashtags! 🤣 2mo
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks I knowwwwww I was so mad! Go gold your wife‘s hand, ya jerk! You had your chance! (edited) 2mo
Bklover I did love Mrs Hill‘s speech to Sarah that began with “Don‘t be so bloody stupid!” A very telling speech that shows the pain that Mrs Hill has suffered. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @Bklover definitely! And she really cares about Sarah! 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 11: Colonel Forster arrives with bad news, Mrs Hill becomes the latest victim of the Post Mistress, and Sarah asks the colonel if he‘s seen James….. #ihatethatpostmistress #colonelforstertoo #bullies #poorsarah #poormrshill #lydiaandwickham #rosemary #pemberlittens #shortchapters #chapteraday #wheresjames #tellusalready

BarkingMadRun @peanutnine right?!?!? 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Poor Sarah, she finally worked up the nerve to ask Colonel Forster about James, and he was so rude to her about it. 2mo
Vansa I found this excellent writing- seems perfectly in character for a colonel to not exhibit the slightest courtesy towards someone he considers his social inferior. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 10: Jane sends Sarah to the post office with a letter to Lizzy, and Sarah asks if there are any letters for her…. #hatethatPOlady #sorude #bekind #poorsarah #pemberlittens #chapteraday #shortestchaptersever #letsgetthisstorymoving

CrowCAH Sarah is so hopeful! 2mo
Bklover @CrowCAH Yes! And that she had the courage to ask. 2mo
julieclair I feel like with every chapter, my comment is always the same. #poorSarah 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @julieclair I agree, I just keep wanting to say, poor Sarah. And to be laughed at for even asking if there was anything for her. 😢 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 9: a letter arrives Express in the middle of the night, and Sarah hopes it‘s from James #itsnot #lydiaandwickham #poorlydia #mrsbennetswooning #poorsarah #comehomejames #pemberlittens #chapteraday #shortchaptersallweek

julieclair Poor Sarah. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm glad for Mrs. Hill that the letter wasn't about James- I think she thought the worst. But so sad for Sarah that she hasn't heard anything from him or about him. 2mo
Bklover Still loving the hashtags ### 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 8: the Gardiners take Lizzy on vacay and leave the kids with the Bennets, which means more work for Sarah and Mrs Hill #shortestchapterever #nothinggoodhappened #wheresJames #letsgo #pemberlittens #chapteraday

SarahBookInterrupted I love this chapter because I never really thought about the kids being dropped off and how it affected the Bennet household. I was consumed in Lizzy‘s trip. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @SarahBookInterrupted yes! All I thought about was Lizzy on the peaks, I never really thought about extra work for the staff. They only ever mention Jane 2mo
CrowCAH Same. I was with Lizzy, not back at Longbourn. 2mo
julieclair @SarahBookInterrupted I agree! In fact, I feel that way about the entire book. Reading the “downstairs” version has been an education. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 7: Sarah and Mrs Hill talk about James and then Sarah takes Polly to see where Sarah was born… #shortchapters #nobabyjamesontheway #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Vansa This was a rather sad chapter but very well written about women's burdens 2mo
julieclair I think it‘s a good thing that there is #nobabyjamesontheway. But I do believe James will come back. He just has to. We surely couldn‘t be left with such a depressing ending, could we? 2mo
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julieclair Great picture. If walls could talk… 2mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I was thinking the same thing, but if it‘s in true Jane Austen fashion, it won‘t be resolved until the last minute 🤣🤣 2mo
Bklover Busy weekend and fell behind. Just got caught up. I‘m with @julieclair - James has to come back! 2mo
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melissajayne
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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#bookreport
Finished two books this past week

#weeklyforecast
📚Still working my way through Longbourn for the #pemberlittens readalong and A Promised Land
📚 Started Where the Crawdads Sing and am almost finished; very engrossing
📚Will pick up Booth this week
📚Need to start Good Neighbors for my library book meeting on the 10th
📚Will also start my #lpmbc closer to the end of the week or whenever I get it

Cinfhen Great progress! 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 6: Lydia‘s letters to the fam arrive, giving Sarah the idea of asking Elizabeth to enquire after James…. #smithnotmrsmith #upstairsdownstairs #justafootman #sigh #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 5: everyone knows James is gone and Mr Bennet refuses to search for him #whoistherealbastard #whatajerk #theydidthemath #theyknowhedeserted #poorJames #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CoffeeNBooks I don't understand why Mr. Bennet won't at least inquire about James' whereabouts. I feel like if it was anyone else who worked for him, he would. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks I know! It‘s so obnoxious, I don‘t think anyone cares about his reputation as much as he thinks they do 🙄 2mo
CrowCAH I feel it‘s in total Mr. Bennet fashion to let others make their own mistakes and not care what happens in the end. Lizzy warns him about Lydia, yet he doesn‘t do anything to stop her going. 2mo
Vansa @CrowCAH very true. Baker has cleverly used only characterisation already set up P&P to fashion an alternate story. You're so right about it very much being in keeping with his nature to respond that way to Mrs.Hill 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 4: James spends a little time on a trade ship before heading back home….. #pemberlittens #chapteraday #nottooexciting #whatcomesnext #comebackJames

CrowCAH I wonder what it would be like to live in the age of sail and have a tall ship be the major mode of transportation for overseas travel. The amount of sailors to run a ship smoothly astounds me. It doesn‘t seem like that many men can easily inhabit a small space without coming to blows. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @CrowCAH I totally agree! Too many people in too small of a space for sure 2mo
julieclair It‘s so interesting to think that so many of our ancestors probably immigrated to America, Canada or Australia in ships like these. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 3: now we know where the shells came from! #poorjames #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 2: my heart breaks for James! I‘m finding it harder and harder to stop at the end of the chapter!! #iknewhewouldntgoawol #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CoffeeNBooks This was a tough chapter to read, with everything James went through. 😢 2mo
CrowCAH It is a very engaging and emotional book! 2mo
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julieclair I love that you found a picture of his uniform. It looks so beautiful, when it‘s not spattered with mud (and worse) and worn threadbare, the way James‘ was by the end of this chapter. What an emotional ride this chapter was. Such sad times for so many. War is hell. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I definitely wanted to see what it looked like, especially since he has to tell his fellow soldiers that he was in fact a British soldier! Feels like poor thinking on their army‘s part! 2mo
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks I was stressed the.whole.time. Poor James! To be punished for something he didn‘t even do! 2mo
julieclair @BarkingMadRun I agree about the poor thinking, especially since the French are usually in blue, aren‘t they? 2mo
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Vansa
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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What a lovely way to describe human desire. #Pemberlittens #Longbourn

Karons1 Oohh I loved 🥰 that book 📖 enjoy ☺️ 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 1: are.you.kidding.me. Poor Mrs Hill! #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CoffeeNBooks Oh! 😳 Ohhhh, it all makes sense now. Mrs. Hill's familiarity with Mr. Bennet, the argument Sarah overheard between them.... I did not expect this plot twist at all! 2mo
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks me either! My chin was on the floor! 2mo
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peanutnine I kinda had a feeling about Mrs Hill but not Mr Bennet's involvement 😳 I literally gasped during my lunch break and got some stares lol 2mo
julieclair Talk about a shocker! And I agree, @CoffeeNBooks , it all makes sense now. 2mo
Vansa This book does not pull it's punches at all, in detailing the constant danger women in service are in 2mo
Bklover I guess I had a strange picture of Mrs Hill as I had been thinking she was somehow his mother! 2mo
BarkingMadRun @Bklover it wouldn‘t have surprised me lol 2mo
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Vansa
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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This is a rather unfair sentence.Jane Austen herself, for instance,never married.If she had related this to privilege,that would make more sense.What it is to be privileged enough,as a woman in the Regency(or indeed,even now)to have independent means of income and not rely on a man.

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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 14…. Lydia is going to Brighton and one last party brings Wickham to the house. He approaches Polly, James approaches him, and all hell breaks loose! And now James is gone…… again?!? #whattheheckMrsHill #jamessmithisjameshill #neversawthatcoming #comebackjames #wickhamsucks #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Ruthiella That baby!❤️🤣 2mo
BarkingMadRun @Ruthiella so cute, right?!? I didn‘t want to post another pic of Wickham 🤣🤣 2mo
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CoffeeNBooks Uggh. Wickham. He's so vile. 😠 Poor James and Sarah. 2mo
DebinHawaii Damn Wickham! 🤬 2mo
julieclair I feel so sorry for James. And for Sarah. But I‘m proud of James for saving Polly, especially considering all he had to lose. 2mo
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melissajayne
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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#bookreport Finished The Giver of Stars for #lmpbc and will put it in the mail on Tuesday.

#weeklyforecast
📚Am almost finished The Duke and I and should be done in a day or two
📚Continuing with the #pemberlittens #readalong for Longbourn
📚Am picking my way through A Promised Land; hope to get Pt. 3 done this week
📚Will be starting to work on Booth a bit more this week
📚I will be starting Where the Crawdads Sing this week

Cinfhen Looking good 😊 Hope you‘re feeling well!! 2mo
melissajayne @Cinfhen my radiation treatments are starting to catch up with me, as I am starting to feel much more tired than I did at the start. But I have 9 more treatments left and I will be done my acute cancer treatments on Aug 5 (Aug 1 is a stat holiday here in BC & they don‘t do radiation treatments on stats) 2mo
Cinfhen Good luck 🍀🙏🏼I‘ll be keeping you in my thoughts and sending you good vibes for health and energy 💚 2mo
melissajayne @Cinfhen Thanks 😄 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 13: Sarah gets to accompany Elizabeth to Kent by way of London, which is not at all what she thought it would be. #sarahmissesjames #jamesmissessarah #theyresocute #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CrowCAH I often wonder the same for visiting places. Do we expect too much to then have our perception dashed? 2mo
julieclair So amazing to think of London as a disappointment! But the description of the noise, the smells & the crowds really don't sound very appealing. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun @crowcah @julieclair I felt so bad for her, but the description didn‘t sound so great to me. 2mo
Bklover @julieclair I agree! I think the smells alone would keep me out in the country! 2mo
Sparklemn @CrowCAH I've read that much of someone's enjoyment with traveling is the anticipation more so than the actual experience. I've experienced this. 2mo
CrowCAH @Sparklemn I agree with that too. The preparations are sometimes more exciting than the actual event. 2mo
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i.besteph
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Sorry #pemberlittens this book just wasn‘t it. I mostly stay away from Austen reimaginations because they either stray away from the plot or modernize it too much that it barely fits the time.
This was the latter.

I liked the plot line but i couldn‘t stand the pace. Also as i read further, Sarah just got on my nerves. She‘s whiny and extremely impulsive. Not my cup of tea.

Rating: 2/5

MoonWitch94 TBH, I nearly bailed during Part 1; it was drawn out, TMI descriptions of bodily fluids & ailments, gross things. But once the story started moving in Part 2–I was able to hang in. Sarah is SO whinny, and I really didn‘t like the author‘s continual use of the slur to refer to Plotemy. So I totally get your feelings. 2mo
BarkingMadRun I totally get it! Not every book is for everyone! 2mo
i.besteph @MoonWitch94 hahaha yesss the bodily fluids 🤢🤢 2mo
i.besteph @BarkingMadRun thanks 🫣😅 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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MoonWitch94 He is vile. This chapter made me so mad. Get out of Mrs. Hill‘s kitchen! 2mo
BarkingMadRun @MoonWitch94 I agree! And she seems to be so clueless, only Sarah and James seem to suspect anything! 2mo
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MoonWitch94 @BarkingMadRun I felt the terror James felt when he realized he was with Polly. That scene was written really well. Oh James! Such a kind, sweet soul. I have a feeling that whatever his story is, it‘s not as bad as he feels it is. I just want to hug him. (Like Sarah does) 2mo
BarkingMadRun @MoonWitch94 I agree, I am beginning to think that he was whipped for defending someone or something along those lines! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @MoonWitch94 I agree! I can't believe he took it upon himself to just casually saunter into Mrs. Hill's kitchen. @BarkingMadRun It's driving me crazy that no one else other than James and Sarah seems to be the least bit suspicious of him. 2mo
MoonWitch94 @CoffeeNBooks THE NERVE of Wickham! And it is bizarre to me that only the two of them see it. Although, I suppose in their era it was perhaps seen as distasteful to be suspicious of someone like him? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
julieclair @BarkingMadRun That is a good theory as to why James was whipped. 2mo
CrowCAH I just love a man in uniform; red is so becoming!!! 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 11: Mrs Hill is sucking up to Charlotte, and makes her a reticule as a wedding gift. Sarah takes a crazy next step with James….. #poorJames #wherearethescarsfrom #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CrowCAH That‘s some beautiful beadwork on the handbag! 2mo
BarkingMadRun @CrowCAH I can‘t even imagine how long that would take to make! 2mo
Sparklemn Can't wait to learn more about the scars. Poor James. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 10…. And it‘s Advent…. Mr Collins proposes to Charlotte, Sarah makes eyes at James, Wickham makes eyes at everyone, and it getting way too close to Polly… and to James #somuchmystery #wickhamisacreeper #runPollyrun #ptolemywho #pemberlittens #chapteraday

SarahBookInterrupted Wickham is so creepy. He always was but so much more obvious in this book. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @SarahBookInterrupted I agree, too many peeks behind the scenes at him 🤮 2mo
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MoonWitch94 Run Polly! He‘s so creepy. The creepy way he touches her cheek & then pays her 🤯😳😠😵‍💫🤮 2mo
julieclair I'm worried that Sarah is too naive to really see the danger that Wickham could pose to Polly. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I was thinking the same thing, and it‘s so troublesome. Nobody is really watching out for her, they don‘t see the danger! 2mo
julieclair @BarkingMadRun Maybe James will come to the rescue. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair 😍James😍 2mo
julieclair Ditto!! 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 9: Sarah and her wooden box go on a little adventure… but end up back at Longbourne. #jamesandsarahsittinginatree #actuallyitwastheroad #therewasstillkissing #poorjames #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CrowCAH Haven‘t we all as kids gotten to the end of the block only to find ourselves returning home for various reasons. This was a beautifully crafted scene, very vivid. 2mo
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CoffeeNBooks I think this is a turning point for Sarah. I think what James said made sense to her and she realized she couldn't go running to Ptolemy. I think she also realized that James cares about her. I'm still curious about why he wants to stay so reserved, but based on their smiles to each other the next morning, maybe that is changing. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks the mystery of James is so intriguing, all these little peeks are killing me lol I can‘t wait to find out what it is! 2mo
julieclair James is indeed intriguing! The seashells, the pain, the fear of soldiers. But he definitely loves Sarah. I‘m glad he intervened and helped her see that running away to London was not a good plan. 2mo
MoonWitch94 @CoffeeNBooks I absolutely agree with you. Things have absolutely shifted for our girl Sarah. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 8: my head is reeling from this one! Everyone is hungover 🍷 Lizzie turns down Mr Collins, the soldiers are visiting, and The Bingleys are leaving. And just when you think it can‘t get worse…. #wickhamisapig #stayawayfromPolly #runPollyrun #somuchdrama #jameswilbethrilled #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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Vansa
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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#Pemberlittens this book is quite devastating. I've never quite thought of hunger that way

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CrowCAH
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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#PemberLittens

Recently for the #Longbourn buddy read we discussed shoe bows/flowers/adornments.

These are my RenFest boots and I added some artificial flowers to them! ☺️

DivineDiana Pretty! 💙 2mo
BarkingMadRun Yesssss 🌹 💙 2mo
Vansa I'm doing this buddy read too, am I not being tagged on posts? I seem to have missed this discussion completely! 2mo
CrowCAH @Vansa oh no, it‘s fixable! @BarkingMadRun can you please start tagging @Vansa in the Longbourn daily posts? Thanks! 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 7: Sarah, full of 🍷, decides to dash over to Netherfield to watch the Ball, and meets up with Tol and his flask of rum….. #thiscannotendwell #mrsHillwillfreakout #peepingsarah #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CrowCAH Run the drink of pirates 🏴‍☠️!!! And a favorite of mine ☺️ I‘m glad she snuck over to see the ballgowns and festivities! 2mo
BarkingMadRun @CrowCAH I‘m a rum drinker as well! 2mo
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julieclair Your hashtags! 😂 I am with you on #thiscannotendwell, and #mrshillwillfreakout. 2mo
julieclair I loved how Sarah realized they‘re all the same old boring people talking about the same old boring topics. Such a small, closed society. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair yes! I hope it helped her feel a little better about her own life! #myhashtaggameisstrong 2mo
julieclair @BarkingMadRun 😂 Indeed it is! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @julieclair I agree about Sarah's realization about the same old boring people! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks But, forbidden walk to Netherfield + "spying" + Ptolemy + rum and cigarettes= ? I'm curious to see how this plays out. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks I know! So mean to stop the chapter there!! 2mo
julieclair @CoffeeNBooks Yes! Our Sarah is taking a walk on the wild side! 2mo
Bklover No new comments to add- #Imhereforthehashtags. 2mo
BarkingMadRun @Bklover 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 6: the Bennets are off to the Ball and Sarah is having a pity party 🍷 #mrshillisnthelping #pemberlittens #chapteraday #shortchapters

CrowCAH I don‘t blame her for being jealous. That has to be tough to be in a position of service and never have the leisure to attend gaiety like that. 3mo
BarkingMadRun @CrowCAH I totally agree 3mo
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TheBookHippie Gotta love a good pity party 🤣. 3mo
BarkingMadRun @TheBookHippie especially when it involves drinking allllll the wine 🍷 3mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm not sure Mrs. Hill is teaching Sarah the "lesson" she's trying to teach her for her supposed misbehaving. I feel bad for Sarah being stuck there by herself waiting for the Bennets to return. Although, maybe Mrs. Hill knows she and Mr. Hill are getting older, and she's preparing Sarah to take over. 3mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRun I so agree. 🍷🍷🍷 3mo
Ruthiella @CoffeeNBooks I think you are right about Mrs. Hill trying to train Sarah for the future. I think she senses her potential. 3mo
julieclair @TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRun I love how Sarah had only one glass of each type of wine, so that it wouldn‘t be obvious some had been drunk. Sounds like having a wine flight! She was ahead of the trend… by 200 years or so. 😂 3mo
julieclair What beautiful (and labor intensive) embroidery work. 3mo
Sparklemn @julieclair @barkingmadrun That really is beautiful embroidery. I wish I had the patience, talent and time to make something like that. 2mo
julieclair @sparklemn I agree. I‘d love to make something that beautiful. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 5: the Bennet girls are avoiding Mr Collins, prepping for the Netherfield Ball, and realize they need shoe roses. Since it‘s raining, Sarah has to go…… #poorSarah #nobodycaresaboutyourshoes #ptolemysighting #poorJames #bepatient #thebingleysleavesoonanyway #pemberlittens #chapteraday #parttwo

CrowCAH We should bring back the shoe roses; add some bling! 3mo
CoffeeNBooks Poor Sarah having to go get the shoe roses in the rain. 😕 At least she was able to get a ride back with Ptolemy. Had James been watching for her the entire time, or did he just happen to be out there when she returned? 3mo
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julieclair I feel so sorry for James. He really has it bad for Sarah. And @CrowCAH I agree! Shoe roses would be a fun fashion accessory! Thanks for showing us what they look like, @BarkingMadRun . 😁🌹 3mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I was curious as to what they looked like as well! So important that Sarah had to go into town in the rain! 3mo
SarahBookInterrupted @BarkingMadRun yes, I always wondered what a shoe rose looked like but never took the time to put down my book and look it up. They are bigger then I imagined. (edited) 3mo
MoonWitch94 @julieclair I agree! I do feel so sorry for James. While I like the dynamics between Sarah & Tol, I feel for James. 3mo
BarkingMadRun @MoonWitch94 I feel that in my soul! Poor James, but also loving Sarah and Tol 3mo
MoonWitch94 @BarkingMadRun It‘s so tough! 😩 3mo
julieclair @MoonWitch94 @BarkingMadRun My gut tells me that James will win out in the end. I think Tol is a great guy, but I don‘t think think he is taking Sarah as seriously as she takes him. 3mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I thought the same, mostly because we know the Bingleys never planned to live there forever. For him, this is harmless flirting 3mo
julieclair @BarkingMadRun I actually wondered if Tol will even stay with the Bingleys. Now that he‘s in England, he‘s a free man. I‘m thinking he might strike out on his own. (edited) 3mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 4: Mrs Hill tells Sarah to stay away from Tol, and Mr Collins grills her about Elizabeth. All in all, a very excellent day for Sarah 🙄💩 #worstjobever #pemberlittens #chapteraday

MoonWitch94 Poor Sarah 🤦🏻‍♀️ She‘s having a time! 3mo
CrowCAH She should stay away from Collins!!! 3mo
CoffeeNBooks Wow, Collins- saying the Bennet daughters have been brought up to be of no practical use to themselves or anybody else?! 😳 And to question Sarah about it, and about Elizabeth? Poor Sarah- her lot in life right now is just sad. 3mo
Sparklemn I loved Sarah (correctly) thinking that Mary was much better suited for him. The servants understand the family more than the family may know. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 2: did this chapter remind anyone else of this? At least this one was happier until Mrs Hill showed up….. #busted #poorjames #sarahandptolemy #troubleahead #pemberlittens #chapteraday

MoonWitch94 I laughed reading the part where Mrs. Hill comes flying down to them 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️ It was such a visual. Poor Sarah, just trying to have a bit of fun. 3mo
BarkingMadRun @MoonWitch94 I know! She isn‘t helping anything, trying to keep them apart, it‘s only going to push them together! 3mo
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MoonWitch94 @BarkingMadRun I want her to see him more, just to piss Hill off 🤣😂🤣😂 How very 20th century thinking of me. 3mo
BarkingMadRun @MoonWitch94 yesssss 🤣🤣 3mo
CoffeeNBooks Poor Sarah! I wonder if Mrs. Hill is going to try even harder now to keep Sarah and Ptolemy from seeing each other. 3mo
julieclair I‘m worried Ptolemy is a bit too worldly for Sarah. But then, so is James. Sarah is so sweet and innocent! 3mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 2: James still doesn‘t make eye contact with the militia, and seemed to dislike one in particular. I can‘t wait to find out the connection! #pemberlittens #chapteraday #shortchapters #thesuspenseiskillingme #ihopeitwilllast

CrowCAH He‘s right to be mistrustful of Wickham, the cad! Lol 3mo
BarkingMadRun @CrowCAH right?!? 3mo
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MoonWitch94 It‘s an interesting mystery. 3mo
Ruthiella @MoonWitch94 Ooh! I wonder if it‘s Wickham! 3mo
julieclair @Ruthiella Wickham! It must be! @CrowCAH Yes, he‘s the definition of a cad! This is getting interesting… 3mo
melissajayne Could I be tagged in future posts? 3mo
MoonWitch94 @Ruthiella it MUST be! 3mo
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AllDebooks
Longbourn | Jo Baker
Bailedbailed

I just can't engage with this story or characters. I'm out.

Caroline2 Same. I bailed too. So disappointed. 😒 3mo
AllDebooks @Caroline2 it really was. I found myself frustrated and irritated with the Bennetts, which I didn't like 3mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 1: Mr Collins arrives and we get a peek at what a lovely man Mr Bennet is 🙄🙄 and a peek at how James feels about life and love. #mrbennetisanass #soismrcollins #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CrowCAH Nothing like an odious man coming for a visit! 3mo
peanutnine I hate how Mr Bennett treats Mrs Hill with no respect. Everything is a joke to him 3mo
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BarkingMadRun @peanutnine yes! I was really angry! 3mo
Bklover Yes- Mr Bennet was just plain mean to her 3mo
MoonWitch94 Mr. Bennett is a pompous dick in this novel! 😵‍💫 #isaidwhatisaid 🤪 3mo
BarkingMadRun Lol @MoonWitch94 I totally agree! He wasn‘t an ideal human in P&P but this is so much worse 3mo
CoffeeNBooks I was so surprised by Mr. Bennet's treatment of Mrs. Hill, especially since we've just previously read that Mrs. Bennett wanted her to speak to him about new dresses for the Bennet ladies. I had assumed maybe he and Mrs. Hill were on good terms. And James... hmm, what is this danger that he's referring to that might sneak up in him? Where was he before that his meals were as he described? And why does he have the opinions he does of love? 3mo
julieclair @CoffeeNBooks I agree… lots of intriguing questions about James. A man with a past, for sure. And he is definitely worried about the militia. 3mo
Sparklemn @BarkingMadRun @moonwitch94 I thought of Mr Bennett more as a doormat than a dick in the movies. (Can't remember how I felt about him in the book as it's been a while since I read it). “Tick tock, Mrs. Hill. Tick Tock.“ What a jerk. 2mo
MoonWitch94 @Sparklemn I saw him as a doormat in the novel, but indifferent in the movies. But such a jerk here. It‘s so interesting how every adaptation of classic characters shifts & changes. 2mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 11: Jane is sick and gets plenty of attention, Sarah is sick and is left pretty much alone until she recovers. James Freya over her, but she has no clue. And then there‘s Ptolemy….
We are moving in to Volume 2 tomorrow, which starts with a chapter 1. Just a heads up! #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Clare-Dragonfly I loved Ptolemy! (I read this years ago so I‘m not rereading it now, but I enjoyed your posts for Tenant so much that I am following along here too 😁) 3mo
BarkingMadRun @Clare-Dragonfly 🥰🥰 3mo
MoonWitch94 I really like him, too @Clare-Dragonfly 3mo
MoonWitch94 I‘m so over Mrs. Hill‘s internally referencing Ptolemy as that slur. It‘s really irritating me & I don‘t think it was necessary for the author to keep repeating it over & over & over. It wasn‘t necessary, and the sentiment could‘ve been conveyed without it. Anyone else agree? 3mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 9: the militia is here, which has James a little worried, and Sarah wonders why. Obviously, he‘s a murderer 🤣 so she decided to spy on him and crack the case! #youdbedeadalready #maybehesAWOL #mystery #pemberlittens #chapteraday

BarkingMadRun I can‘t wait to see what Sarah thinks of Mr Collins 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
CrowCAH Yes, everyone‘s mind immediately goes to a murderer! Lol Could he have been in the military?! 3mo
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julieclair Maybe James ended up in the wrong book, and really belongs in a cozy mystery. #murderbyseashell 😂 3mo
julieclair I agree with @CrowCAH that he must have been in the military at some point, and @BarkingMadRun may have figured it out, #AWOL. We may find out soon, when the Bennets invite the officers to dinner. He will have serve them at table. 3mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair 🤣🤣🤣🐚🐚🐚 3mo
CoffeeNBooks @julieclair 🤣😂🤣 3mo
Bklover @julieclair 😂😂😂 3mo
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AllDebooks
Longbourn | Jo Baker

Euuurrrgggh, I've tried so hard with this, but am not enjoying it all. I'm going to leave off and come back to it if intrigued by #pemberlittens posts. If not, I'll bail.