This book is downstairs to the upstairs of Pride and Prejudice. In Longbourn the Bennet family flits in and out of the servants lives instead of the opposite. The main character is Sarah, a housemaid, whose life is neatly summed up in the opening scene of a washday when she slips and falls in pig droppings. But life is not all bad - there is romance among the servants as well as hard work. All of Jane Austen's characters make at least cameo appearances, and the despicable Wickham shows himself to be even worse scum than we had thought possible. A must for Jane Austen fans and all who enjoy historical fiction.