Mrs Bates of Highbury
by Allie Cresswell
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.
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!!!!
Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mrs-Bates-Highbury-prequel-inspired-ebook/dp/B07GJM2K4W
Author Bio –
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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