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.
I was really looking forward to reading this book after reading the two previous books (this is the third and final book in the Highbury trilogy) and after reading the blurb I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!
I am a fan of this author’s books and have read quite a few by her now, but I have to say that I thought that this book was excellent, it was really well written and very easy to follow and this was the perfect end to the trilogy for me!
The pace was great and I loved the different characters and how the author brought them all to life, she has a lovely writing style.
It is five stars from me for this one, it is a well written story that was easy to follow and thoroughly enjoyable!
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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