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Emma and Elizabeth

(The Watson Novels #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Once heiress to a large estate, Emma Watson, now penniless, is thrown back into the arms of the family she has not seen for fourteen years when Mrs Turner, her widowed guardian, accepts an offer of marriage from Captain O’Brien. On the eve of the first assembly of the season, Emma returns unexpectedly to Stanton, her family home.

Interest in the newcomer is heightened when
Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published June 20th 2014 by J G Books (first published April 1st 2014)
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Upon seeing the title of this book you might first assume that it is a fascinating and brilliant mash-up of Emma and Pride and Prejudice, and while you are correct about the story being both fascinating and brilliant, the heroines of this tale are not Emma Woodhouse and Elizabeth Bennet; they are the youngest and eldest Watson sisters, Emma and Elizabeth – characters from Jane Austen’s unfinished and abandoned fragment known as The Watsons. Instead of writing about any Bennets, Elliots, or Auste ...more
My curiosity was roused when I learned that an author had taken on Jane Austen's novel fragment, The Watsons, as her choice for Austenesque variation novel. I have speculated happily about where the author could have take this story so it was fun to see where the speculation led when the author tweaked a few things and set a new tale on its path.

The book is the story of sisters. There are four in the Watson family, but the focus is on the oldest, Elizabeth, and the youngest, Emma. Their lives to
Sheila Majczan
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful story. As noted by Meredith it is a mash up of several of Jane Austen's novels as well as an expansion and completion of her book, The Watsons. I have read that fragment as well as several books which do the same in their own fashion. Jane's sister, Cassandra, was informed as to the ending Jane had intended so others have tried to use that conclusion in their writing. I prefer what this author did with the little she had to work with.

I found echoes of P&P, Emma, Persuasion
When her widowed aunt decides to marry a young captain and leave her penniless, Emma Watson goes back home. A home that she has not seen for fourteen years and where she finds no friends, except for her eldest sister Elizabeth who has taken care of their family for years. Soon Emma’s beauty and attitude get Lord Osbourne, Mr. Howard and Tom Musgrave intrigued, but only one of them is her perfect match. A man that will love and accept her despite her lack of fortune. Will Elizabeth find her true ...more
Rant warning about another "The Watson" sequel and mild spoilers ahead!

This is a really more of 3.5 than 4 star book in my view.....

One of my all time favorite scenes in Jane Austen is Emma Watson's rescue of Charles Blake. Indeed, when asked to name my three favorite Austen Secondary Characters at my non-Austen in Book Austen bookclub(what a mouthful, sorry!).....I named Emma Watson and Charles Blake 3rd(Jane Bennet/Adm Croft #1, John Knightley #2). Given my horrid experience with Joan Aiken's
Abigail Bok
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's very encouraging to see how many skilled and well-informed writers are taking on the Austenesque genre, and Ann Mychal certainly falls into that category. On starting this book--based on Jane Austen's unfinished novel known as The Watsons--I was initially charmed by Mychal's gift for imitating Jane Austen's style. There were a few anachronisms, but on the whole she has the lingo down, and her prose is a pleasure to read.

Early on in the story I was bothered by the changes to the storyline (
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on the wonderful AustenProse website:

For those who love Jane Austen’s novels her early death is a tragedy we feel anew each time we contemplate the scant space she takes up on our bookshelves. What Austen fan doesn’t long for more than six completed novels, especially since she left behind several tantalizing story fragments? Of these Sanditon is the most polished, Austen was working on it as a mature author shortly before she died, b
Lona Manning
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die-hard Austen fans have read and re-read everything the beloved author wrote, including her unfinished novel "The Watsons." The fragment that Austen left behind introduces "three or four families in a country village" but breaks off just as she has everyone arranged in place. The heroine, Emma Watson, has suffered a crushing reversal of fortune. Like all Austen heroines, she is surrounded by a cast of flawed but cleverly portrayed people. Emma has two thoroughly disagreeable sisters and one ki ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read another version of the Watsons just yesterday, I charged right into this book without hesitation and find myself rewarded. This one was quite a bit meatier and the inclusion of Elizabeth as a main character makes it one of my absolute favorite versions of the Watsons to date. The sisters' closeness and solidarity was remarkable and made each incredibly likeable heroines. What sealed it was Lord Osborne and his wingman Tom Musgrave, and how much worthier each man was in this tale. Thi ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of The Watsons, one of the unfinished novels by Jane Austen.
In this variation it is of Elizabeth (the eldest) and Emma (the youngest) that the story is told. Of Emma's life with her Aunt Turner, and the dire consequences of Aunt Turner's actions, of their interactions with Lord Osborne, Tom Musgrave and Mr Howard.
For me this is a re-read and again an enjoyable and delightful well-written story.
Sarah Taylor
This book may have been based on Jane Austen’s unfinished story The Watsons, but in my opinion, it is nowhere near the quality of those six short chapters.  Perhaps if I hadn’t read the chapters Jane Austen wrote right before reading this book, I might have liked it better.  However, I couldn’t help but feel that Mychal took great liberties with the material Austen started, particularly with the characters’ personalities.  Though what Austen wrote of this story wasn’t much more than a fragment – ...more
Mailee Pyper
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read Jane Austen's expert of a novel titled, after her death, The Watsons, and fell in love with it. I was so sad that she hadn't finished it. This novel is based on that excerpt and I loved it. It doesn't follow the story line that Jane Austen originally intended according to her niece, but I felt that it stayed very true to the feeling of the original piece. I loved the authors writing style and I also loved the characters. My only complaint is at the end the resolution isn't shown, instead ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
The Watson's a unfinished work of Jane Austen is the basis for this story.
Emma and Elizabeth of the title are the youngest and eldest of the Watsons. But the author has decided to not include Austen's work but write her own story about these characters.
A very enjoyable read which I look forward to reading again.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice story. Wish she had named the characters differently, but I understand the purpose in reusing the names.
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I enjoyed it.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice variation

This was an enjoyable story with Austenesque themes and writing style. There were some typos and places where the original text was a little rough.
Not a bad attempt at mimicking Austen's tone and character development.
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