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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Emma, Reimagined: Karen M. Cox reads from Emma and I Could Write a Book

Karen M. Cox joins us again today (you may remember her post from earlier this month, via Austen Through the Ages...). This time, she's sitting down to do a little storytime with us, sharing a scene from Emma, and its corresponding scene in her 1970's-set retelling, I Could Write a Book. Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and make sure to check back later today for a mini-prize pack of books from Karen!

And before you go, don't forget to download your free Austen-inspired desktop and mobile wallpapers, as a gift from Karen!

Take it away, Karen!

Hello everyone! 
This is Karen M Cox, back again for another post for Austen in August. I love this month-long celebration of my favorite author. Thanks, Misty, for playing hostess for the entire month of August!  
Today, I’m going to read a scene from Emma—one of my favorite scenes, where George and Emma work together to sooth Mr. Woodhouse at the Westons’ Christmas Party. 
Then, I’ll complement that with the same scene from I Could Write a Book, my Emma variation sent in the 1970s. 
The video is about 17 minutes long, so make a cup of tea, grab a biscuit and join me for an Austen-themed break. 

When you’re done, be sure to head back here to access a Google Folder with some desktop and phone wallpapers I’ve made, especially for Austen In August readers and listeners.  

To learn more about my books, please visit www.karenmcox.com

Thanks for listening!


“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 whose life is pleasant, ordered, and predictable, if a bit confining.
Her friend George Knightley is a man of the world who has come home to fulfill his destiny: run his father’s thriving law practice and oversee the sprawling Donwell Farms, his family legacy in Central Kentucky horse country.
Since childhood, George’s and Emma’s lives have meshed and separated time and again. But now they’re adults with grown-up challenges and obligations. As Emma orchestrates life in quaint Highbury, George becomes less amused with her antics and struggles with a growing attraction to the young woman she’s become.
Rich with humor, poignancy, and the camaraderie of life in a small, Southern town, I Could Write a Book is a coming of age romance with side helpings of self-discovery, friendship, and finding true love in the most unlikely places.

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  1. This was a blast to the modern past! I enjoyed that, Karen.

  2. This is my favorite Emma-inspired story and one of my Top Five modern JAFF. Lovelovelove.

  3. The covers in this re-imaging series are 💯. I will definitely be reading these! Thank you for sharing!


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