Dear Jane written and self-published by Allie Cresswell is available NOW in ebook and paperback format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.
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The final instalment of the Highbury trilogy, Dear Jane recounts events hinted at but never actually described in Jane Austen’s Emma; the formative childhood years of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill, their meeting in Weymouth and the agony of their secret engagement.
Orphaned Jane seems likely to be brought up in parochial Highbury until adoption by her papa’s old friend Colonel Campbell opens to her all the excitement and opportunities of London. Frank Weston is also transplanted from Highbury, adopted as heir to the wealthy Churchills and taken to their drear and inhospitable Yorkshire estate. Readers of Emma will be familiar with the conclusion of Jane and Frank’s story, but Dear Jane pulls back the veil which Jane Austen drew over its remainder.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the final instalment in Allie Cresswell’s Highbury Trilogy: Dear Jane. The Highbury Trilogy was inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma and the author, Allie Cresswell, has shown references in Dear Jane to scenes from Emma.
As I’ve mentioned previously I haven’t read Jane Austen’s Emma but I’ve become a fan of historical romance and I have particularly enjoyed this trilogy by Allie Cresswell that sweeps you away to the lives and loves of three generations of ladies from one family living in the village of Highbury. You can find my reviews for Book One, Mrs Bates of Highbury by Allie Cresswell blogtour book review and Book Two, The Other Miss Bates by Allie Cresswell blogtour book review.
I have to admit that it did take me a little longer to get my head around the characters and storyline in Dear Jane but it is well worth sticking with the story as once I was immersed in the storyline I was totally swept away with the romance and the secrecy of a love that was kept hidden due to the constrains of family and society rules.
Dear Jane is the story of Jane, Mrs Bates’ granddaughter who sadly had been left orphaned at a young age. Jane has been granted guardianship by dear friends of her late father, a Colonel Campbell and his wife. The couple have a daughter, Rowena, who is of similar age to Jane. Jane was to become a friend and confidante to Rowena. The girls temperaments complimented each other Rowena was shy, a little clumsy and lacking in confidence whereas Jane had been blessed with beauty and musical ability and was able to guide Rowena when she felt her confidence needed boosting. As time went on the girls grew into delightful young ladies and their friendship was soon put to the test with emotions on matters of the heart.
Dear Jane was a fitting finale to a charming historical romance trilogy. The lives and loves of three generations of women from one family evoked many emotions within me, my heart ached, my heart soared and I smiled during happier times with Mrs Bates, her daughter’s Jane and Hetty and granddaughter Jane.
About the Author
Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.
She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.
She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.
She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England.
Dear Jane is her ninth novel.
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