Saturday, December 23, 2017

Book Review: The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Gläser

Emma finds a magical book and everything she writes in it comes true! But someone else wants the book and she, with the help of the handsome and arrogant Darcy, needs to uncover the secret before she is killed for the book!

Emma is the headmaster's daughter at an old boarding school is a castle in Europe. Initially, she wants her best friend's first year at the school to be terrific, she's interested in Frederick (a Wickham-type), and she does what she can to help her father's school look it's best for new and prospective students. Then Darcy shows up. His family donated the castle, with some rights retained, and he was a student himself just a few years ago, and is back looking for clues about his twin sister's disappearance, when they were sixteen. Emma gets pulled into the search.

Yes, this is another Jane Austen-inspired novel. The main character is Emma and her father's a hypochondiac. Darcy is haughty and at first his best friend is interested in her best friend but then he's told something untrue and drops her. They're in a Gothic castle which might be haunted. So it riffs on multiple Austen novels, not just one (Emma, Pride & Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey in those examples). It was a fun treat, and is an enjoyable read for any teen Jane Austen fan, and the non-Janeites won't even notice the references which are just fun and not remotely important to the storyline.

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.

This book is published by Feiwel & Friends, a Macmillan publisher, my employer.

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