Jane Bates has left Highbury to become the companion of the invalid widow Mrs Sealy in Brighton. Life in the new, fashionable seaside resort is exciting indeed. A wide circle of interesting acquaintance and a rich tapestry of new experiences make her new life all Jane had hoped for.
While Jane’s sister Hetty can be a tiresome conversationalist she proves to be a surprisingly good correspondent and Jane is kept minutely up-to-date with developments in Highbury, particularly the tragic news from Donwell Abbey.
When the handsome Lieutenant Weston returns to Brighton Jane expects their attachment to pick up where it left off in Highbury the previous Christmas, but the determined Miss Louisa Churchill, newly arrived with her brother and sister-in-law from Enscombe in Yorkshire, seems to have a different plan in mind.
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I’m a big fan of Jane Austen’s books and love a re- imagining of the story from a different point of view. The Other Miss Bates is no exception as it follows a minor character from her book ‘Emma’ and her life before and during the period covered by the book.
The author has cleverly written the book in the style used by Jane Austen which makes the book seem very authentic. It also serves to help fully immerse the reader into the time period along with all of the authors fantastic descriptions of life and the many social occasions people had to navigate.
I really liked both Mrs and Miss Bates as they seemed quite strong, outspoken women who were perfectly happy with their station in life. I liked that Miss Bates in particular had chosen to work away from home as she wanted more for herself than her home could provide and had therefore come up with a plan to get the experiences she wanted.
The book was surprising addictive and I soon got caught up in the characters world. I’ve always loved the descriptions of life in this period so found myself soon absorbed in the story and able to imagine the action vividly in my mind. The author manages to perfectly blend parts of the Emma story with her own and the end result is a very enjoyable reading experience!
This is the second book in the series but the first that I have read. I feel it could easily be read as a standalone as anything you need to know is explained in this book. I will however be going back to read the previous book as I really enjoyed this one.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book. If you’re a fan of Jane Austen’s I think you’ll enjoy this one!
About The Author:
Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.
Allie recalls: ‘I was about 8 years old. Our teacher asked us to write about a family occasion and I launched into a detailed, harrowing and entirely fictional account of my grandfather’s funeral. I think he died very soon after I was born; certainly I have no memory of him and definitely did not attend his funeral, but I got right into the details, making them up as I went along (I decided he had been a Vicar, which I spelled ‘Vice’). My teacher obviously considered this outpouring very good bereavement therapy so she allowed me to continue with the story on several subsequent days, and I got out of maths and PE on a few occasions before I was rumbled.’
She went on to do 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, one granddaughter and two grandsons, is married to Tim and divides her time between Cheshire and Cumbria.