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The Importance of Being Emma (Darcy & Friends #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  605 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Mark Knightley – handsome, clever, rich – is used to women falling at his feet. Except Emma Woodhouse, who’s like part of the family – and the furniture. When their relationship changes dramatically, is it an ending or a new beginning?

Emma’s grown into a stunningly attractive young woman, full of ideas for modernizing her family business. Then Mark gets involved and the s
Paperback, 398 pages
Published December 15th 2008 by Choc Lit
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Jul 05, 2012 Cass rated it did not like it
This review is based on the ebook sample.

.... Which I abandoned. How often is a book so bad that you can't read a few chapters.

The problem is that I love Emma, and this book is a fan-fiction version of that book (is there a technical term for fan-fiction?). Not only am I a huge Jane Austen fan, I eagerly read lots of fan-fiction too.

Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a good example. To this day I fully believe this is what really happened to Georgia

This is a modern re-telling of Jane Austen's classic, which sticks pretty closely to the plot of the original for the most part. I have to warn those who don't like such things, that it does contain a certain amount of profanity, references to sex and a couple of sex scenes as well, so this would be a read/listen for mature audiences only.

The story is told from alternating POVs; being that of Emma herself and the modern Mr. Knightley, here called Mark
Jan 23, 2015 Ahnya rated it liked it
Shelves: jaff
A modern day adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. In this adaptation Highbury, and Donwell are food corporations. Emma is recently back from Harvard where she got her MBA, and is trying to revamp Highbury Foods, and market it to the modern era. Mark Knightley is in town from India, and taking care of the business while his father,and stepmother are traveling. Flynn Churchill is a TV chef in Austrailia, and trying to get a show going on the BBC. The story is centered around Highbury Foods, the busin ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-related
After eight years away from Highbury, Mark Knightley, a very handsome and rich man, returns to help his father’s business out. In addition to this, he gets an extremely challenging task: becoming the mentor of Emma Woodhouse, the new Marketing Director of Highbury Foods, a girl who had a huge crush on him and now is a really bewitching woman. Mark soon realizes he has to fight against his growing feelings for Emma because she is like his little sister, plus she is attracted by a mysterious man, ...more
Sep 25, 2011 Lauren rated it it was ok
I wasn’t prepared for how trashy this was going to be. Although it was fun to see Mr. Knightly’s perspective and some aspects of the 21st century retelling of Emma worked well (and were amusing), I didn’t like how much this author turns the story into an adult romance novel. Jane Austen has such wonderful subtlety and slow built up between characters, and this retelling missed that when it turned into a trashy beach read. Mr. Knightly wasn’t nearly as attractive when he was objectifying Emma in ...more
 Gigi Ann
Feb 07, 2012 Gigi Ann rated it it was ok
Of all the Jane Austen's books "Emma" is my favorite. Therefore, when I noticed this 'modern day' version about "Emma" I thought I would enjoy it. It had it's fun moments, and it followed Ms. Austen's book "Emma" to a certain degree. But in my opinion it was way to modern for me. It turned into a trashy "Emma" which completely ruined the story for me. I have never read anything by this author before, and won't be reading anything by her again.

I would never recommend this book to anyone else. I
May 21, 2009 Emily rated it did not like it
Terrible book. Completly ruined the original story by trying to make it relate to today. There was nothing that I could relate to in this book and about half way through I was no longer into the characters because they were way to trashy. Don't waist your time.
Sep 18, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
The Importance of Being Emma is the first book in Juliet Archer’s Darcy & Friends series and a modern re-telling of Jane Austen’s Emma. Archer’s Emma Woodhouse is the 23-year-old, new marketing director at her father’s company, Highbury Foods. Her biggest concern is tapping into new markets and bringing the company into the 21st century — until her old friend Mark (George in Austen’s novel) Knightley returns after eight years running Donwell Organics’ regional operation in India, and her fat ...more
The Importance of Being Emma is a modern, sexually charged, corporate view of the story of Emma originally written by Jane Austen. If one wishes to read a modern day comic romance without identifying it as being a variation of a Jane Austen novel, this is a fun story with a good bit of sexy romance. However, comparing it to Austen's Emma, this modernization did not improve on the original, offer the same kinds of insights as the original, nor present the characters in the same favorable light as ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Feb 13, 2010 Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen, emma
Mark Knightley, after working in Mumbai, India for eight years, returns to Highbury to discover that his sister-in-law, Emma Woodhouse, has grown up. While he was gone, the awkward teenager who had a crush on him matured into an intelligent, confident, and gorgeous twenty-three old preparing to make her debut as the new Marketing Director of Highbury Foods, a small mail-order food distributing company. Mark is assigned the position of being Emma's mentor (a very fitting role for him, isn't it?) ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Cristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque
Emma is just as annoying in this adaptation as she is in J.A.'s version and her complete lack of awareness about her own feelings and the feelings of others was (as always) irritating. The unbelievable amount of misunderstandings between Emma and Mr. Knightley was tedious, but what completely ruined the book for me was all of the swearing and sex. When I start a Jane Austen inspired novel I don't expect to be assaulted with the F word on multiple occasions. Yuck.
So it's a modern re-write of Austen, it does what it says on the tin! It's obviously predictable - we all know the story, but pleasant enough. Knightley is fairly weak in parts and Emma comes across as less likeable than in the original but it's a quick easy romantic read - not mind improving or thought provoking.
Preethi Venugopala
Dec 06, 2016 Preethi Venugopala rated it it was amazing
Narrators: Melody Grove
Jonathan Keeble

Completely amazing. This is a modern day retelling of Jane Austen's Emma. Emma is my least favourite among Jane Austen's novels. But this version was amusing.
Especially as there was Mark Knightley's voice as well. Story is told via the POV of both the characters.
Endearing and fun.
Mar 27, 2015 Holly rated it liked it
Against my will.... ....this book actually managed to sucker me in, and that is one of the highest compliments I can pay to a book. I think the essence of many of the the characters was caught and the way the author rejigged the masterpiece that is Emma to the modern day was clever.
Feb 27, 2012 Kim rated it did not like it
Ugh. That's a couple hours I can never get back. Must go cleanse my brain with the original Emma.
Abigail Bullard
Jan 27, 2016 Abigail Bullard rated it did not like it
Rather than being a fun, modern day twist on a great classic, I found this book to be a shallow and trashy. I abandoned it a few pages in.
Apr 02, 2012 Annie rated it liked it
Cute story. But I kept picturing the characters from "Clueless" instead of the characters from the actual "Emma." What does that say about me??
Mar 26, 2012 Claire rated it really liked it
A great, fun read. Knowing the plot didn't detract from the enjoyment and in fact I enjoyed relating this modern version to the original Emma. A real bargain at 99p from the Kindle store.
Elizabeth Plav
Jun 29, 2009 Elizabeth Plav rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-read
"EMMA + KNIGHTLEY 4EVA!!!!!" Yes, that is how I'd express the sentiment this book raised in me. It brought back the magic of Jane Austen, and the wonder and the characters I fell so in love with, in the first place.

For those who read the book summary, this is a modern re-telling of Jane Austen's "Emma", about a clever, pretty rich girl, who tries to play matchmaker, and ends up failing miserably. There is part mystery (some call "Emma" Jane Austen's "mystery" novel), and of course the clever Emm
Sep 14, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who love a good chick lit novel
Honestly, I came into this with a fairly open mind. I wanted something better edited and structured than fanfiction, but was not expecting anything revolutionary or even close to approximating Austen's original work. I wanted a chick lit novel based on the story of Emma, and this really delivered.

The set up is a bit stupid, what with Knightley not having seen Emma since she was a kid - but it takes away any ick factor, if you're creeped out by the fact that they grew up together and he's older
This is a modern retelling of Emma about Emma Woodhouse and Mark Knightly who work for their respective families food related businesses in the small area of Highbury. Mark being about 10 years older than Emma used to see her as a gawky kid that he loved, but a kid none the less. Years later after several years apart (Emma in school in America and Mark working at a forgien office of his company) are suddenly brought back together when Emma is 23 and Mark is 34 and suddenly they aren't seeing eac ...more
Robyn Koshel
Feb 25, 2014 Robyn Koshel rated it really liked it
Juliet Archer stayed true to the original plot of “Emma” but updated it in a clever and witty way. We all know and love these characters and to see them in a modern setting is so refreshing. It helps to keep them alive.

In this version Emma is a marketing director of Highbury foods, Mr. Knightley CEO of Donwell Organics Foods. Frank “Flynn” Churchill is a television chef in Australia, Robert Martin is a Haulage director and Harriet Smith is a P.A.

Emma is still trying to give Harriet a make over,
Rose A
Dec 06, 2015 Rose A rated it it was ok
I can't actually work out if I enjoyed this or not... I'm a sucker for modern Emma fanfiction (which is what this is) and I found elements of the premise interesting. I quite liked the updating of Emma and Harriet and Jane but I had serious problems with "Mark" Knightley. (First, why the name change? Isn't George a suitably modern name? Bizarre.) The Mr. Knightley in the novel would never have behaved as callously as this Mark Knightley did and his relationship with a 2D cardboard cut-out "bitch ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Brittany rated it liked it
Shelves: will-read-again, emma
I really would have given this a 3.5.

First the cons:
I cannot stand books that change the character's names. Mark? What's wrong with George?
And why are his parents alive? And he has a gf?
I don't like that Emma had a crush on him as a teenager, and that he knew. That changes the dynamic.
I don't like how they are not even friends in the beginning. They are supposed to be good good friends always. She definitely hates him. That's P&P not Emma.
He is kind of a horny bastard in the beginning! He
Jan 04, 2017 Christiana rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2017
A few years ago I swore off reading adaptations of Jane Austen, after being burnt a few too many times. If only I had kept my resolution...

This is a modern adaptation of Emma. The author didn't do a bad job of relating the plot points to modern times, but that's about all I can say. This book is a trashy modern romance, with none of the subtlety or humour of the original. And it keeps very little of the characters other than their names. While Emma in the original was thoughtless and occasionall
Mar 26, 2012 Micah rated it really liked it
"Emma" is one of my least favorite Austen books, so I was a little hesitant to read this, but being an updated version I decided to give it a try. I'm certainly glad I did because I really enjoyed this book!!

One of my biggest problems with "Emma" is the actual character of Emma. I never felt like I was able to connect with her and often thought of her as silly, immature, and slightly selfish. In this retelling, Emma is a much more likable character. She is written in a way where yes, she's tryin
I bought this book on a whim; following my own simple rule when buying books…if I was at the airport and needed a book, would I buy this one? If it’s a yes, then I buy it. AND THANK GOODNESS I did. I’m a big fan of Austen’s work and Emma is my favourite. And Mr. Knightley is definitely my favourite Austen man as well.

So it’s basically a modern day version of Emma. All the characters are well done and frankly, very similar to the originals. The storyline is also the same.
It was a fun read. The
This book is Jane Austen's Emma, but in modern-day England. It follows the plot of the original almost beat for beat - which made me want to reread Emma itself, and wonder why there was a need for this book, if it doesn't have anything new to offer to the story. But, I think the reason for it is that this is not a PG version of Emma, it is people's fantasies when they read the original spelled out on the page. One thing I didn't like was that it kept going back and forth between Emma's point of ...more
Kate  Maxwell
Oct 22, 2010 Kate Maxwell rated it liked it
I appreciated how well Ms Archer stuck to the storyline of Jane Austen's Emma, and how she had updated this story. All of the characters were unique and somewhat true of Jane's. There were several times that I wanted to smack both Emma and Knightley... open your eyes! But we all know how the original story ends, and this one does not deviate much.
Having said how much it stayed true, it isn't one I would pass on nor would I keep it on my bookcase. The intimate scenes were a little seem
Love Jane Austen, love a good retelling of one of her books. This one was good--not great but good. There are times I wanted to smack the characters in this modernized version of Emma--namely Emma herself. Her slightly spoiled, personality along with her other character "quirks" are charming in the original, but as a 23-year old modern English marketing whiz and career woman, they make her immature and somewhat annoying at times. Still it was a light, fun read on the Kindle that was much needed ...more
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Juliet Archer describes herself as “a 19th-century mind in a 21st-century body – actually, some days it’s the other way round.” The youngest of four girls, she was born and bred in North-East England, where she met her future husband. Unlike Anne Elliot in Persuasion, she resisted well-meant advice and married young, before graduating from the University of Nottingham with a First in French and Ru ...more
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