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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  56 reviews
“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich…”
Thus began Jane Austen’s classic, a light and lively tale set in an English village two hundred years ago. Yet every era has its share of Emmas: young women trying to find themselves in their own corners of the world.
I Could Write a Book is the story of a self-proclaimed modern woman: Emma Katherine Woodhouse, a 1970s co-ed
ebook, 287 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Adalia Street Press
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Update: I did a re-read with the audio verison- same rating. See the bottom for my additional thoughts on the narrator.

A retelling of Jane Austen's Emma set in 1970's Kentucky? Oh, now that did sound curious so I really wanted to read it. Karen Cox did not disappoint making Jane Austen's version of the controversial 'It' girl engage the reader's attention and then affection when paired with the noble and gentlemanly man about town George Knightley.

Couple the 1970's period in mid-America with
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Austenesque readers, ChickLit, women's lit
Recommended to Christina by: The author
Austen said she was going to write Emma as a character that only she might like. But I think you will come to adore Karen M Cox’s modernized interpretation. It really translates well to 20th century. And her Emma, who ends up getting an undergrad degree in psychology, seems to gain just enough education in the program to think she knows people… But just like in Austen’s masterpiece, boy, does she get it wrong.

I believe this is Karen M Cox's best work yet! Despite all Emma's faults, I believe Cox
J. W. Garrett
“With insufferable vanity had she believed herself in the secret of everybody’s feelings; with unpardonable arrogance proposed to arrange everybody’s destiny. She was proved to have been universally mistaken; and she had not quite done nothing – for she had done mischief.” Jane Austen, Emma

Since Emma has not been my favorite book among Austen’s classics, I was a bit hesitant in reading this reimagining, by Karen Cox, due to my ambivalence. However, after reading this work, I was amazed at how
Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
Come by Just Jane 1813 today to enter a giveaway for this latest book, an alternative era story based on Jane Austen's "Emma" and learn about how this new cover was created too! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one.
This review was first posted on Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

I have already read quite a few books by Karen M Cox, who often takes Jane Austen's stories to other places and times. Here we are taken to 1970's Kentucky, with an updated version of ‘Emma’, ‘I Could Write a Book’.

Many people struggle to like Austen’s Emma; even Miss Austen described her as ‘a heroine whom nobody but myself will like’ but I’ve always liked her. Although she thought she knew best,
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emma, jane-austen
A Thoughtful and Reverent Retelling of Emma

Source: Review Copy from Author

While she may be “handsome, clever, and rich,” Emma Woodhouse finds herself living a life not entirely of her own choosing. In 1973 she left the university that was her mother’s alma mater to come home and live with and care for her father who suffered from a debilitating stroke. And even though she is soon to be graduating, she doesn’t have the ability to up and go live a new city or begin a full-time career. But Emma isn
Oct 02, 2017 added it
Shelves: austenesque
Karen M Cox’s latest novel,I Could Write a Book, is a variation of Jane Austen’sEmma set in 1970s Kentucky. Cox’s Emma Woodhouse is a college student who has sacrificed her future to care for her father following a stroke, and her George Knightley is a lawyer whose family has been connected to the Woodhouse’s since he was a child. Emma’s father was George’s father’s partner at Knightley and Woodhouse, and George and Emma have been close friends throughout the years, while George was away at ...more
Sheila Majczan
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars

Despite the fact that I am obsessed with P&P variations, this author's writing skills have earned my respect over the years. Then in reading other reviews I was prompted to add this book to those I wanted to read.

There is really no angst in this modern adaptation of Emma. Plus the fact that the names and the premise are very closely reflections of Jane Austen's book. It is however set in modern days so Emma Kate has more choices for her future. It is not just a
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jaff, 2017-jaff, i-own-it
Karen Cox has set an impossibly high bar with her previous books. I’ve read ‘em all and given each 5 very enthusiastic stars. I Could Write a Book is just as beautifully written, the characters just as richly defined, and the parallels to Jane Austen’s Emma are easy to spot.

However, the transposition to the 1970s didn’t feel completely successful to me. I am probably a tough critic on this point because I was exactly Emma’s age at the dates in this book, while Ms. Cox’s other books are set in
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dear Reader,

Imagine,if you will,an independent,clever and determined young woman,living in an affluent neighbourhood,where every luxury is afforded her.

Emma,daughter,sister,niece and friend, delights in being the fulcrum around which her family,close friends and neighbours pivot.

Young,free and single,she happily applies herself to the care of her father and is a constant source of support and strength for those both of her social sphere and those bordering on its edges.

Applying her shrewd but
Carole (in Canada)
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: JAFF, Fiction, Romance
Recommended to Carole (in Canada) by: JustJane1813
Bravo Ms Cox for capturing 'Emma' so beautifully in this mid-century modern tale. As Jane Austen said, “I am going to write about a heroine that no one but me will like”. However, I do like Emma not only for her kind heart but her 'cringe-worthy' awkward moments as she meddles in the love lives of those near and dear to her. By Chapter Two, you brought me to tears.

"No, Emma's vanity is her absolute confidence that she knows what's best for all.'

You have provided a new setting for these
Karen Cox
Aug 25, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author, so I'm not going to assign stars to this book - there's no way I could be objective anyway :) But I invite readers to jump into the world of the 1970s small Southern towns, which dovetail so nicely with Jane Austen's themes in "Emma". The subtitle of this story could be "Watch Emma Grow Up" or "Fall in love with George Knightley". I hope you enjoy this story!
Kristin Davison
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it

I would like to thank the author Karen M Cox for sending me a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

I could write a book updates Jane Austen's Emma and places it in 70's southern America. This update works quite well, though it does follow the plot of the original very closely.

I loved George Knightly and all of his thoughtful speeches. I didn't quite click with Emma, but liked that she was looking after her farther, it brings more depth to her character and helps you to see more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) I confess to avoiding variations/continuations/vagaries of Jane Austen's work, especially anything related to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. There is nothing that anyone can do to improve upon, IMO, Austen's canon and usually this fan fiction ends up to be amateur cheapening of the real thing.

But EMMA was never a particular favorite Austen novel for me, so I figured I might as well try this out, since it has a good reputation both here on Amazon and at Goodreads. After all, I have no dog in
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, jaff
Five beautiful stars for this one! I've been so excited about this and it was really, really good.

The author did a fabulous job pulling me in, enriching my love of the main characters. I'll be honest here and just say that "Emma" is my least favorite of all of Austin's books. But this was really special. The story was so well developed and I loved the romance. Lots of great chemistry.

I will say that if you love JAFF the way I do, then you'll love this story. This is my second book by this
Beau North
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully modernized take on Emma, this variation oozes sweetness, passion, and southern charm. Emma is a character I feel gets maligned unfairly (even by myself on occasion!) and this version puts the meddling high-mindedness aside in favor of the loving girl Emma really is. Out of all of Austen's Heroines, Emma is never in danger of reduced circumstances or society censure. Her greatest challenge is not overcoming the obstacles set before her through outside forces, but overcoming her own ...more
Abigail Bok
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Woodhouse is a modern '70s girl: she's interested in college and a career; she's independent and not simply looking for a man. But her expectations get derailed when her father is taken ill and she comes home to take care of him, transferring to a local college to complete her degree. Home is a small village in Kentucky's horse country, where she's either intimately familiar with or related to everyone, so the change represents a significant narrowing of her life's prospects. But she's a ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved this sweet and light retelling of the Jane Austen classic, Emma. I found the authors portrayal of the characters lovable and engaging and was excited by the various relationships!

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.
Nicole Barton Sasser
Aug 28, 2017 marked it as jaff-tbr
*** Received an Advance Reader Copy, as part of the launch team, for a fair and honest review. ***
Mary Ann
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved it! It is a novel well written and entertaining about a smart, rich and loving young lady, Emma Woodhouse and a man of the world Emma calls, Professor George Knightley. This is a modern day novel of Jane Austen's, "Emma."
I won't go into the plot but the antics of matchmaking by Emma and George watching her perform these antics and sometimes tries to warn her of the trouble she might cause. However, Emma has a caring heart not only for the family but for all her friends.
Denise Stout
Witty, delightful twist of Jane Austen's EMMA set in 1970s Kentucky. The well-written repartee will keep you entertained till the end! I can't recommend this book enough!
Lisa Hatfield
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the thoroughly modern adaptation of Emma!! Knighley's "girl of the month" was a very interesting twist on his character. The language fit the modern story beautifully. I don't want to give away any spoilers...I will just say that the Q&A at the end was extremely insightful and added greater depth to the understanding of the plot. I loved it when it was suggested to Emma that she knows everything about everyone in her community...and the title of this lovely novel flows from her ...more
Christina Morland
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author Karen Cox made an inspired choice by setting her version of the book in 1970s Kentucky. This was a time and place where the ideas about gender, race, and class were rigid enough to resonate with the original Regency England setting--yet views were changing just enough to allow this new version of Emma to wrestle with her own thoughts on these issues. Cox also did a great job of developing her characters. This modern version of Emma maintains her charms -- and her flaws (both of which are ...more
Judith Barrow
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Retelling a classic in modern times is an interesting concept and one that has worked really well here. Karen Cox clearly has a talent for this genre and I enjoyed reading this re-working of Jane Austen’s Emma.

I must admit, though, I foundI Could Write a Bookimpossible to review as I normally would review a book. This is a canonical classic; it is difficult for me to criticise the story of a novel I have long admired.

But here goes...

Told through alternating perspectives of Emma and George
Elin Eriksen
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emma
Masterly executed adaption to the modern world of Jane Austen's "Emma".

I loved it! From start to finish, the epilogue in Mr Knightly's POV gave me goosebumps...
The only drawback, as I see it, was the predictableness. Being very familiar with Emma as I have read the book more times than I can count, it did not have the thrill of the unknown.
That said it was a beautifully written book that left me with a warm and fussy feeling.

Emma Woodhouse lost her mother early, after suffering a long time
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jane Austen herself said about Emma that only she would much care for her. However; I do believe that Karen Cox has surpassed even Austen in that she has written an Emma that everyone will love. This modern retelling of the beloved classic Emma is worth the read as well as the late nights in order to finish it. You will want to live in this American Southern version of Highbury, hobknob with the Woodhouses, the Knightly's and dare I say it the Elton's! Fall in love with George Knightly over and ...more

Can a lifelong friendship ever become anything more? If you're familiar with the plot of Jane Austen's Emma, you'll know the answer, as this book is a re-telling of that story updated to the 1970s and moved to horse country in the state of Kentucky in the USA. The name of Churchill from canon is rather neatly tied in with the Churchill Downs race course. It's rather good to see a book based on one of Jane Austen's other works for a change!

Some of the names and roles have been
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Karen Cox is one of the very brave, perhaps audacious, contemporary authors who has accepted the challenge of writing a contemporary version of a Jane Austen classic. I COULD WRITE A BOOK presents the reader with a 20th Century Emma Woodhouse.

Emma is my favorite Austen novel, so this reader has set the bar very high for Ms. Cox. Her novel is very entertaining and eminently readable. It is also exceedingly faithful to the original book and that is, perhaps, my primary criticism of this
Kasia Burlakoff
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-2017
I enjoyed reading this modern version of 'Emma' very much. It is very well written, with a lot of lively banter. Mrs. Cox did an excellent job in creating new characters, but preserving personalities of most of them from the original. I wasn't sure it was going to work, but it did. The plot followed canon as well, but it didn't feel forced into a more modern setting. The place and the time chosen by the author must have contributed to that, It still had a charm of the old world of Jane Austen ...more
Debbie Aldous
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jane Austen's Emma is rarely adapted into the modern era, but Karen Cox managed to do it in a way they helps us all actually love Emma! You may not agree with all her reasons for her actions, but you understand them. George Knightly allows the reader into his perspective for a bit, and I really empathized with Robert Martin.

Karen Cox has also brought Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion into the 20th Century. Dive into Kentucky to visit some of the best characters ever created by the brilliant
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Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of novels accented with romance and history.
Originally from Everett, WA, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, where she works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter. Like Austen’s Emma, Karen has many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but like Elizabeth Bennet, she aspires to be