Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
(Note: Potential readers should be made aware that this is the second book in the George Knightley, Esquire series, and that it is necessary to read BOOK ONE prior to reading this one.)
Lend Me Leave, book two in Barbara Cornthwaite’s sensational George Knightley, Esquireseries, recommences with our hero, the admirable, benevolent, and sagacious Mr. Knightley, trying to stealthily and silently woo his darling Emma. Book One, Charity Envieth Not, ends with three Donwell bachelors suffering from love-sickness: Mr. Martin, who is still nursing a broken heart after Harriet’s refusal; Mr. Spencer, Donwell’s new curate, who bungled his first proposal to the compassionate widow, Mrs. Catherwood; and Mr. Knightley, who fears that all his hopes and desires in regards to Emma Woodhouse will never be realized because of that blasted Frank Churchill! Although this series is centered upon Mr. Knightley, readers will be able to witness how all three of these lovelorn and worthy bachelors fare in this installment.
What an all-encompassing, accomplished, and outstanding series! In her second book Barbara Cornthwaite dexterously and intuitively reveals all Mr. Knightley’s thoughts and feelings throughout the major plot events of Emma. Readers are able to witness his anxiety over Emma’s flirting with Frank Churchill, his absolute delight when Emma teases and smiles at him, his compulsion to rescue Harriet during the ball, and his determination to reproach Emma for her insult to Miss Bates. Mr. Knightley really is a most magnanimous and tender hero, and I utterly loved my time with him in this series!
One aspect I loved about this seres, was being able to see the many facets of Mr. Knightley’s life. Trust me, he does so much more than lecture Emma and visit with Mr. Woodhouse! I took great pleasure in witnessing Mr. Knightley attend parish meetings, take care of his magistrate duties, visit with his friends Mr. Gilbert, Dr. Hughes, and Mr. Spencer, counsel some misguided youths, and investigate the crimes or problems within his parish. But my favorite scenes (besides those with Emma) are those where Mr. Knightley is responding to his brother’s provoking correspondence or relating his woes to Madame Duval, his pure white cat. I loved and greatly appreciated that Ms. Cornthwaite gave such an in-depth and variegated portrayal of Mr. Knightley!
I absolutely adored this series by Barbara Cornthwaite! Besides being such an intelligently written and praiseworthy addition to the genre of Austenesque literature, George Knightley, Esquire is an absorbing and distinguished series that gives Mr. George Knightley the attention he so rightly deserves! Move over Darcy and Wentworth…
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