KATIE’S ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ REVIEW:
Dear Jane: The final book in the Highbury Trilogy
By Allie Cresswell
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog
This was a wonderful ending to a series that I have thoroughly enjoyed! I loved that the author picked up on things that were hinted about in the original story and expanded on them to create this new story. This, I think, has been my favourite book out of the trilogy. The story is beautifully written and is full of rich detail which enables you to fully imagine everything that you are reading. I think if you are a fan of Jane Austen’s Emma then this is definitely a series that you will enjoy. Ms Cresswell has brought to life some of the lesser known characters of the original story and given them their own voice, and I love that she has kept true to the writing style of Jane Austen. This really has been a wonderful series and Dear Jane was a fantastic final book in this trilogy. I would have no hesitation in recommending it and I am really looking forward to reading more from this author again in the future!
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.
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, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England.
Dear Jane is her ninth novel.
Social Media Links – www.allie-cresswell.com