Franky A. Brown started writing her Jane Austen retellings in May 2015. She started with Pride and Butterflies, then None But You. Now she’s published Emma’s Match a retelling of Emma by Jane Austen. In Franky’s retelling, Emma is a designer who’s business is struggling, but she’s never failed at anything and she doesn’t plan to fail here either. Can she walk the line between friendship and love or will she lose the only man she has ever loved?
About the Book
Emma Wallace has a plan up her sleeve to save her struggling design business, but not a clue what do to about the man who has her heart.
Stealing a kiss from Will Knight years ago ended in an embarrassment she didn’t want to repeat. But when a popular new designer in town starts taking her clients and has eyes on Will, too, Emma decides it’s time to fight for what she wants. The perfectly irritating designer she wants to shove into a hole isn’t the only one who can be down-to-earth and likeable. After all, Emma’s never failed at anything…except walking the line between friendship and love. Crossing it again could mean losing Will’s friendship for good.
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IJL1XK2/
About the Author
Franky A. Brown has always called the South home and loves to write about it. She holds an English degree from the University of South Carolina and can’t seem to stop reading. She is the author of women’s fiction and chick-lit about life, love, and Southern women.
Writing Emma’s Match has certainly been a journey for me. Adapting Jane Austen’s character, Emma Woodhouse, came easy at first. What I struggled with the most was the mixed reaction my Emma (Emma Wallace) received in my last book, None But You. She was a minor character who some readers loved, and others found selfish and spoiled. Jane Austen herself thought no one but herself would like her heroine. It was never my intention that I completely retell the story of Emma Woodhouse, but to create Emma Wallace as a modern version of that character, actively seeking to improve the way people see her. She seeks to improve business for her struggling interior design company and, at the same time, fights an internal battle over her feelings for her long-time friend, Will Knight. I worked with a critique group on this story, and through the process, it became a story of a seemingly confident Emma, who has long-buried insecurities about herself and is afraid to fail. I asked myself many times, why Emma is my favorite Austen heroine? Why, when some see her as a self-centered snob who can’t mind her own business? Sure, she has an obsession for matchmaking her friends and acquaintances, and comes from a privileged background. But it’s what Mr. Knightly (or Will Knight) sees in her that makes her an endearing character. She has flaws, so do we all, but past all that, she’s a generous friend, a loving daughter who cares for her aging father, a beloved aunt, and a woman trying her best to change what she doesn’t like about herself. And I realized this is what we all have to do for those around us, what Mr. Knightley did for Emma, look past the weaknesses to the person underneath. I still, absolutely love Emma’s character and feel that writing her story helped inspire me to do what she does in my story, step out of my comfort zone and have more compassion and understanding for those around me.
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“Emma?” Will shouts out from a distance.
Good heavens. What is he following me for? I sniff loudly and quickly wipe the remaining moisture from my face. This is a pathetic, childish display, running out in the woods like this. Combing my fingers through my hair, I stand up and move from behind the tree so he can see me. He jogs over, seeming concerned. He looks amazing even when he’s sweating. Though he’s not dripping unattractively like I am.
He slows to a stop in front of me and places his hands on his hips. “What are you doing out here? Did you get lost? It’s not safe to take a walk in the woods by yourself. We’re trying to teach the kids the buddy system.”
I roll my eyes. “Here we go. Let’s save the big brother speech, all right?”
He studies me for a moment. “What happened to your face?”
I throw my hands out from my sides. “Jillian distracted me.”
“And she…hit you?”
With a growl under my breath, I say, “The tent attacked me.”
“Have you been crying?”
“Uh…” Forcing myself to smile, I say, “No. But if anyone did shed a tear at the sight of those bathrooms, it’d be completely understandable.”
“You can always use a tree,” he says with a wink. He walks over and puts his arm around my shoulder, leading me back toward camp. “Come on. Millie has the castle you bought all set up.”
“Oh, I should have been there to at least see how she did it.” Aware that his arm is still around my shoulders, I glance over at him through the corner of my eye. “So, did Jillian come and talk to you?”
He squints as he tries to recall it. “She mentioned something about her basket class.”
Moving out from under his arm, the zing of his touch is slow to fade. “I was only asking because, she asked me about you.”
“She asked if…” I force a short laugh and wave my hand away. “She asked if we were involved.”
His head tilts a little to the side. “Really?”
“Yes…” I force another laugh, my stomach muscles tightening. “It’s funny, right? Well, it sounded to me like she’s interested in you and wanted to make sure she wasn’t ‘stepping on my toes’.” For the last part I attempted to imitate her accent.
“What did you say to that?”
I hug myself tightly and feel ill. What does he want to hear? Is he hoping I told her we’re just friends and she should go for it? Is he holding his breath like I am and wondering if I’ll say I don’t want him dating anyone else?
Get a grip, Emma.
“I told her we’ve been friends for a long time,” I say truthfully. The truth is always the right answer. Isn’t it?
He nods and glances down at the ground. “We have, haven’t we?”
Is he disappointed? Is it too late for a do-over?
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