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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. karenmcoxbooks says:

    I am actually rather shy (maybe reserved is a better word) but I have to tell you what a lovely and thoughtful review you’ve written, Olga! Thank you, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the novel. It’s gratifying when readers and reviewers “get” what I’ve tried to do with an adaptation, and I really think you understood my effort – to bring forward the Emma I saw when I read Austen’s version. It’s easy to criticize Emma, but I saw in her an unflinching honesty, once she faced her mistakes, and a love for friends and family that was genuine in spite of her tendency to meddle. Who among us hasn’t either known an “Emma” or maybe even been one? 🙂 Again, my sincere thanks for reading and reviewing “I Could Write a Book” !

    1. Thanks, Karen. It was a great pleasure and the perfect read over the holidays (when I usually prefer to read anything but holiday-themed books). I was telling my mother the story (she does not speak English) and I ended up buying her the complete collection of Jane Austen’s novels (she’d read some years back but I’m sure she’ll enjoy them again). So thanks so much for this opportunity, for the inspiration, and the joy. And good luck with your writing!

  2. My instinct is to be irritated by ‘re-imaginings’ of classic novels, and to wish for originality instead of remakes.
    However, if it is good enough for you, then I have no doubt it is very good indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I know what you mean. I imagine big fans of films or movies always wonder what it would be like if it happened here (or to them). I am intrigued as to how well (or which choices) the author makes, from a technical point of view, but if the story is engaging enough I forget all the comparisons, at least whilst I’m reading it. To be honest, I think it is very difficult to be truly original. I am grateful when authors are open about it. There is nothing more annoying than reading a book and realising is a rehash of some book that the author seems to think nobody would notice. And of course, it is a time-honoured tradition. Ask Shakespeare! Have a great Tuesday!

  3. Christina Boyd says:

    Wow! Now that is an exceptional review. I love when a book resonates with a reader and they just “get it.” Congratulations, Karen M Cox and “I Could Write a Book” on receiving this 5 review. So glad you enjoyed this one too, Olga! Thank you for taking time to write such a thoughtful, well-crafted revenue.

    1. Thanks, Christina, for your kind words and for putting me in contact with the authors. A very good recommendation and I look forward to the rest of the books. Take care and good luck with all your projects.

  4. Hi Olga, I also read Jane Austen and like some of her novels more than others. This modern adaption of this old classic is quite intriguing.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. It is a very enjoyable read, even if you’re not a big Emma fan. Have a lovely Tuesday.

  5. Emma was one of my favorite novels when I was young, and I still like it.
    I can’t help thinking Karen is very brave to do a re-imagining of such a well known, well loved book. But then, I suppose that also makes people more willing to embrace it. And she’s brave again with the southern setting, when so many people (people I thought I knew) have become utterly bigoted against all southerners.
    You made it sound enjoyable. I hope to have time to give it a read. Best to Karen with the book. Hugs all around.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I thought of you as I read this novel. I imagined you would love the setting. Yes, I agree Karen is very brave, although I’ve noticed many Austen fans are very happy to embrace new versions and reimaginings of her original novels. ♥

      1. I think she chose the setting well (and undoubtedly put a lot of thought into the choice). It’s easier to imagine some characters and situations in certain settings. And knowing the elaborate hats of the Kentucky Derby, it makes it easy for me to imagine something Austen-esque there. Cheers!

        1. Thanks, Teagan. After reading the novel, I quite fancy a visit. 🙂

  6. I love Jane Austen and Emma and Mansfield Park are the only two books of hers I haven’t read yet. I did recently buy Emma. I’m definitely going to finish it first and then maybe check out this book, because it sounds really interesting. Brilliant review, Olga! 🙂

    1. Thanks very much.I think Emma is not as universally loved as some of Austen’s other novels, but I hope you enjoy it.
      Have a great Sunday!

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