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Emma is about a girl who is rich and lives with only her father at their big estate. Emma's mother died long ago and Emma lives with her father and governess. Her governess is her friend but there is a sad goodbye when her governess gets married.
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Emma's father is protective of Emma and he insists that she must get married. But Emma laughs and says that she will never marry. One day, Emma thinks that she noticed that Mr. Elton was in love with her friend Harriet. So she tells Harriet and Harriet begins to like Mr. Elton. When Emma was going home in a carriage with Mr. Elton, he says that he likes Emma and he never thought of liking Harriet Smith before. Emma is enraged and refuses to talk to Mr. Elton. When she gets home, she feels guilty that she made Harriet happy and excited when really, Mr. Elton didn't like Harriet at all. But Emma tells Harriet what happened and Harriet gets ill and depressed.
Mr. Elton goes away to an estate called Bath for a vacation. When he comes back, he is married to a girl named Augusta Hawkins. Augusta is too proud and is very rich so no one likes her except Jane Fairfax.
Jane Fairfax was a rich orphan who lived with her aunt and was cousin to Emma. Everyone loved Jane Fairfax and she was rather delicate. She grew sick easily but was always made sure to be looked after by everyone.
Emma grows very tired of Mrs. Elton because she always compliments herself and the only other thing she talks about is Jane. Mrs. Elton is quick and soon realizes that Emma doesn't like her. And when she finds out that Emma was the one who caused Harriet to like her husband, she hates Emma and Harriet even more. But Emma doesn't mind and is quite glad that she got rid of Mrs. Elton.
Harriet gets better eventually and Emma tells her that Mr. Elton was only after money anyway. Harriet tells Emma that she likes somebody but before she can say anything more, Emma hushes her and tells her that she knows who Harriet likes already. Emma thought that it was Frank Churchill but actually, it was John Knightely who was courting Emma.
When Emma finds out that Frank was engaged to Jane Fairfax for a long period of time and that they were to be married, she feels terrible because she still thought that Harriet liked him. So when she asked Harriet how she felt about the whole matter, Harriet said that she was very happy for them and Harriet didn't even feel bad. So when Emma asks her if she doesn't care even though she liked Frank, Harriet is surprised and tells Emma that she never liked Frank Churchill and that she liked Mr. Knightely.
Emma then tells her that they were courting and they are engaged. Harriet doesn't fall ill this time and she decides to like Mr. Martin. Mr. Martin and Harriet are soon engaged and everyone lives happily ever after.

The review of this Book prepared by alisa

The wealthy and somewhat spoiled Emma Woodhouse finds pleasure in trying to make romantic matches for her friends. She takes a poor, farmer's daughter, Harriet, under her wing and makes her a "pet." Harriet falls in love with the right man, Mr. Collins, at first, but Mr. Collins is more interested in Emma. Throughout all the entangling relationships Emma has created, her old friend, Mr. Knightley watches over her shoulder and steps in when he think things are going too far. But Emma does not always listen to him, and thus suffers the consequences. The real trial comes when Harriet falls in love with Mr. Knightley, who is far above her in breeding, social status, and intelligence. By this time Emma realizes, seemingly too late, just how much she loves Mr. Knightley herself.
The review of this Book prepared by Megan E. Davis

Growing up with an ailing father but no mother, spoiled and sometimes snooty (but always loveable) Emma Woodhouse finds amusement in matchmaking with little regard for consequence. Through all her meddling, Emma discovers a lot about herself and about an unrealised love!   
The review of this Book prepared by Heather Huckfeldt

Emma fancies herself to be a matchmaker. Her main project presently is to set her new "case" up with a man of a higher station in life. When that fails several times, Emma begins to wonder at her talent...and begins to realize that all of this time that she's been toying with other people's romances, she's fallen in love with a very unlikely person.
The review of this Book prepared by Sarrah

Emma is a girl with her head too much in the clouds. A self-proclaimed matchmaker, the only matches she seems to make thoughtout the book are bad ones. She clashes, again and again, with her brother-in-law, Mr. Knightley, specifically when she takes a young Harriet Smith under her wing, wasting no time upon setting her eyes to a suitable match for the young lady.
The review of this Book prepared by Amanda Wesley

Jane Austen's funniest novel about a young rich woman with far too much free time on her hands, deciding to run the lives and loves of all around her. Beneath the social comedy and romance, seethes a heart of savage satire about, for instance, the limited options available to women, but you can avoid that if you're conservatively minded.
The review of this Book prepared by darragh o'donoghue

Emma, an unlikely snob of a heroine, discovers that the relationships of the people around her, who she has been attempting to dictate, are not at all what they seem.
The review of this Book prepared by BobbieG

Jane Austen's Emma is a story of a wealthy young woman's schemes to match up her new, and much more poor, friend with the town's unsuspecting (and sometimes unwilling) bachelors. What is revealed, however, is not Emma's skills in match-making, but her inability to see the true feelings of those around her, as well as her own heart.
The review of this Book prepared by Janet Alejandro

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes

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