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Emma of 83rd Street by Audrey Bellezza & Emily Harding

The Story

Synopsis of Emma of 83rd Street from the publisher:

EMMA OF 83RD STREET by Audrey Bellezza & Emily Harding

In this witty and romantic debut novel, Jane Austen’s Emma meets the misadventures of Manhattan’s modern dating scene as two lifelong friends discover that, in the search for love, you sometimes don’t have to look any further than your own backyard.

Beautiful, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse has lived twenty-three years in her tight-knit Upper East Side neighborhood with very little to distress or vex her…that is, until her budding matchmaking hobby results in her sister’s marriage—and subsequent move downtown. Now, with her sister gone and all her friends traveling abroad, Emma must start her final year of grad school grappling with an entirely new emotion: boredom. So when she meets Nadine, a wide-eyed Ohio transplant with a heart of gold and drugstore blonde highlights to match, Emma not only sees a potential new friend but a new project. If only her overbearing neighbor George Knightley would get out of her way.

Handsome, smart, and successful, the only thing that frustrates Knightley more than a corked whiskey is his childhood friend, Emma. Whether it’s her shopping sprees between classes or her revolving door of ill-conceived hobbies, he is only too happy to lecture her on all the finer points of adulthood she’s so hell-bent on ignoring. But despite his gripes—and much to his own chagrin—Knightley can’t help but notice that the girl next door is a woman now…one who he suddenly can’t get out of his head.

As Emma’s best laid plans collide with everyone from hipster baristas to meddling family members to flaky playboy millionaires, these two friends slowly realize their need to always be right has been usurped by a new need entirely, and it’s not long before they discover that even the most familiar stories still have some surprises.

My Thoughts: Emma of 83rd Street

Tell me about a book that kept you up waaaayyyyy past your bedtime.

Okay book friends, I normally cherish my bedtime and go to bed at the same time my youngest falls asleep😂😴

But last night, as my other half sat and watched TV, I was sucked into this modern day retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma. I was so completely oblivious to the world and the time in it because I was utterly captivated by this deliciously wonder of a book that by the time I finished the epilogue, a big smile on my face for what’s potentially coming after this book, I noticed the time at 2am.

I’m going to need a nap 😴 or more likely fall asleep after dinner 🤣

Needless to say, I enjoyed Emma of 83rd Street and here is a list of reason’s to pre-order this one:

  • Jane Austen Retelling (Emma)
  • Grumpy + Sunshine
  • Friends to Lovers
  • Contemporary Romance

Recap: I couldn’t stop reading. Bellezza and Harding effortlessly make this contemporary retelling of the classic Austen novel Emma into a delightful romance filled with characters and a love story you’ll definitely want to revisit.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blotink blot – Exceptionally Inked

Publication Details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
23-May-23978-1668008393384Gallery BooksAdultNetGalley, Digital ARCJanuary 23, 2023

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