Hi readers! I’m so excited to welcome another author from the fabulous Holidays with Jane series to Austenesque Reviews today – Jennifer Becton! In addition to the Holidays with Jane series, Jennifer Becton has published many wonderful stories about the minor characters of Pride and Prejudice in her Personages of Pride and Prejudice series. Today Jennifer shares a little about a minor character from Emma!
Harriet Smith: A True Heroine
Thank you, Meredith, for inviting me to be here on behalf of Holidays with Jane, a series of six holiday-inspired, Jane Austen-themed story collections, and its writers. I’m Jennifer Becton, and I wrote the story based on Emma in the Thanksgiving collection titled Thankful Hearts.
Confession time: I love Harriet Smith.
I like her more than I like Emma.
That’s actually pretty standard for me. I’ve always thought Jane Austen’s minor characters deserved more credit. And I love to tell their stories.
So let’s talk about Harriet.
In Jane Austen’s Emma, Harriet Smith wanders onto the scene at the moment when a bored, lonely, spoiled Emma needs a friend project.