by Rachel Billington
So, part of the reason that I read Emma was so I could read this sequel (and Joan Aiken’s Jane Fairfax). Frequently, Jane Austen sequels/rewrites are basically pornographic novels, which is quite depressing. However, Emma & Knightly was a delightful little read.
Billington explores the the most obvious potential pitfall of the marriage between these two characters–the fact that Knightly has grown up regarding Emma as his personal young charge, to admonish and guide. Through the story, they learn to relate to each other two adults, husband and wife. Old characters appear, and even Mr. Woodhouse has his opportunity for romance.
I would give this happy story an easy 3/5. It would be a 4, except for Frank Churchill, whose part in the story spiraled completely out of control–