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Mrs. Bates of Highbury (A Prequel Inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma) by Allie Cresswell Blog Tour with Review

Mrs Bates of Highbury

Mrs Bates of Highbury

by Allie Cresswell

 

Synopsis

 

The new novel from Readers’ Favourite silver medalist Allie Cresswell. 

Thirty years before the beginning of ‘Emma’ Mrs Bates is entirely different from the elderly, silent figure familiar to fans of Jane Austen’s fourth novel. She is comparatively young and beautiful, widowed – but ready to love again. She is the lynch-pin of Highbury society until the appalling Mrs Winwood arrives, very determined to hold sway over that ordered little town.

Miss Bates is as talkative aged twenty nine as she is in her later iteration, with a ghoulish fancy, seeing disaster in every cloud. When young Mr Woodhouse arrives looking for a plot for his new house, the two strike up a relationship characterised by their shared hypochondria, personal chariness and horror of draughts.

Jane, the other Miss Bates, is just seventeen and eager to leave the parochialism of Highbury behind her until handsome Lieutenant Weston comes home on furlough from the militia and sweeps her – quite literally – off her feet.

Mrs Bates of Highbury is the first of three novels by the Amazon #1 best-selling Allie Cresswell, which trace the pre-history of Emma and then run in parallel to it.



Christie’s Review

5 +++++ Stars

This is a must read for fans of Jane Austen!!!!

I am a huge fan of Jane Austen. She has always been one of my favorite writers ever since I read Pride and Prejudice by her when I was in high school. So, I’m pretty picky when I read an adaptation or sequel to any of her books, and Allie Cresswell would make Jane Austen VERY PROUD! She did an excellent job.

In a sense, this is an adaptation of Emma, but it’s not. It’s taking a character, Mrs. Bates who was an older woman at the time of the book by Austen, and showing readers who she was as a younger woman. It is also the tale of her daughters, Hettie and Jane, two complete opposites. It was written in the way that Austen wrote her books which I loved. I’m so glad Cresswell didn’t change that.

This promises to be a fantastic series. I can’t wait for the next installment. I can’t sing enough praises for Allie Cresswell! I read her book, Tall Chimneys, and I was under her spell. She is one of those rare writers who literally pull me heart, mind, and soul into whatever she is writing. Real life stops for me until I have read her very last word!!!!



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Purchase from Amazon UK –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mrs-Bates-Highbury-prequel-inspired-ebook/dp/B07GJM2K4W

 

Author Bio –

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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 and two grandsons, is married to Tim and lives in Cumbria, NW England.

You can contact her via her website at www.allie-cresswell.com or find her on Facebook

 

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A Stewed Observation (A Dinner Club Murder Mystery #4) by Karen C. Whalen Blog Tour with Review & Giveaway ((3) E-Copy A Stewed Observation (A Dinner Club Murder Mysteries)

A Stewed Observation (A Dinner Club Murder Mysteries)
by Karen C. Whalen

About the Book

A Stewed Observation (A Dinner Club Murder Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
The Wild Rose Press, Inc (August 6, 2018)
Print Length: 214 pages
Digital ASIN: B07DYVWHFY

The Gourmet Dinner Club travels to Ireland to enjoy Irish cuisine while staying at a medieval, ivy-covered castle. Jane Marsh hopes Dale Capricorn will ask her to marry him at this romantic dream destination. But her plans are put on hold when the elderly castle owner becomes violent, a club member restrains him, and he collapses and dies.

The police believe the mysterious death is murder and begin to suspect one of the club’s members. Dale leaves for home on a business emergency, and as the lone single gal in the club full of couples, Jane is thrown into the company of Griffin O’Doherty, the handsome Irishman who stands to inherit the castle.

Jane must prove her friend’s innocence by solving the crime. Which of the sweet-tempered Irish could be a callous killer?



Christie’s Review

4 STARS

A Stewed Observation is the fourth book in this great little series. The dinner club has traveled to Ireland to enjoy the food and the atmosphere. And, Jane is crossing her fingers that Dale will finally ask her to marry him. This would be a dream come true for her. All those hopes come to a halt when other things interfere, culminating in a mysterious death. While it appears to be of natural causes, the police believe it was murder. It seems her friend is a suspect.

While she is trying to uncover the true culprit, she meets Griffin O’Doherty who may just give Dale some competition for Jane’s affections. I loved the mystery, and the little bit of romance. It was a well-written book, with great attention to detail. I loved the beautiful locale. The setting, itself, added so much to the storyline.

A Stewed Observation was not only a great cozy mystery, but it’s also a great book for travel as well. I loved the suggestions at the end for travel overseas. It certainly made me want to travel abroad. I’m looking forward to reading more in the series!



About the Author

Karen C. Whalen is the author of a culinary cozy series, the “dinner club murder mysteries.” The first four in the series are: Everything Bundt the Truth, Not According to Flan, No Grater Evil, and A Stewed Observation. The first book in the series tied for First Place in the Suspense Novel category of the 2017 IDA Contest sponsored by Oklahoma Romance Writers of America. Her books are similar to those written by cozy authors Jessica Beck and Joanne Fluke. She worked for many years as a paralegal at a law firm in Denver, Colorado and has been a columnist and regular contributor to The National Paralegal Reporter magazine. She believes that it’s never too late to try something new. She loves to host dinner clubs, entertain friends, ride bicycles, hike in the mountains, and read cozy murder mysteries.

Author Links

Websitehttp://karencwhalen.com

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/whalenkc

GoodReadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15891729.Karen_C_Whalen

 

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