The Forgotten Book, by Mechthild Gläser
The central romance relies entirely on the reader’s familiarity with Pride & Prejudice—without the Lizzie/Darcy parallels, there is nothing there. The pacing is uneven, with some passages reading like they’re stuck on fast-forward and some scenes that feel like barely sketched-in placeholders from a rough draft. It’s repetitive—by the third or fourth time Emma told me about being being elected school council rep, I had to restrain myself from launching my Kindle across the room—and a good deal of the plotting relies on the characters keeping vital pieces of information from one another for no good reason.
Anddddddd because I never know when to stop, I have an ILL request in for another book by Gläser—The Book Jumper—because I want to see if I have another oil-and-water reading experience.