May 152019
 

Answers All The Questions Surrounding Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Prequel to Emma, Alternate POV

TIME FRAME: Begins 12 years before Jane Austen’s Emma

SERIES: Book 3 in the Highbury Trilogy (Book 1: Mrs. Bates of Highbury – introduces the Bates women soon after the death of Reverend Bates 30 years ago, Book 2: The Other Miss Bates – follows Jane Bates to Brighton where she serves as a companion and meets some familiar families) I would recommend reading each of these books in order even though they are standalone. Continue reading »

Apr 262019
 

Fleshing Out the Histories of Jane Fairfax’s and Frank Churchill’s Parents!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

The Other Miss Bates, book two in Allie Cresswell’s Highbury Series – a series that spotlights the Bates family and tells a bit of their history before the events of Jane Austen’s Emma – recommences with following Jane Bates (Hetty Bates’s younger sister) on her adventures abroad (which take place 30 years before Emma). Jane Bates has always longed to see the world and escape the confines of Highbury. Even though her years in such bucolic surroundings amongst friendly denizens were happy ones, Jane wants to continue expanding her knowledge of the world and experience new places. Because of the Bates’s financial circumstances, the only way for Jane to achieve her goals is through employment, which she gladly seizes upon when her uncle arranges for her to serve as companion to an invalid widow who lives in Brighton. Continue reading »

Apr 052019
 

A Spotlight on A Beloved Highbury Family

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Prequel to Emma, Alternate POV

TIME FRAME: Begins 30 years before Jane Austen’s Emma

SYNOPSIS: In Jane Austen’s Emma Mrs. Bates does not play too active a role in either the plot of the story or the village of Highbury. She mostly serves as a readily available companion for Mr. Woodhouse, a grateful beneficiary of the kindness of her neighbors, and the primary recipient of Miss Bates’s ceaseless chatter…I guess it is good that she is a “little deaf!” But we can imagine that as the wife of the vicar of Highbury, her role and participation in society used to be vastly different. What were those years like? What was Highbury like? In a new series that focuses on the Bates family, Allie Cresswell tells the story of Mrs. Bates, her daughters, and their experiences the years after Reverend Bates passes away. Continue reading »