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Dear Jane: The final book in the Highbury Trilogy, inspired by Jane Austen's 'Emma'.

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 511 pages
Published April 30th 2019
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Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. ~ Seneca

Mrs Bates of Highbury is the story of the marriage and widowhood of Mrs. Bates, wife of the vicar of Highbury.

The Other Miss Bates continues the Bates family history, following young Jane Bates to her eventual marriage to Mr. Fairfax.

Dear Jane: The final book in the Highbury Trilogy, inspired by Jane Austen's 'Emma'. completes the Highbury trilogy.

Jane Fairfax is orphaned and given into the care of her parents’ frie
B. Fleetwood
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully written tale of Jane Fairfax, a relatively minor but mysterious character in Jane Austen's "Emma". The author has fleshed out the lesser known folk of Highbury, particularly Frank Churchill, his cantankerous aunt and of course the orphaned Jane herself to make them multi-faceted and as real as life. Add a tantalising backstory, prose in the style of Austen and dovetail it in beautifully with "Emma", and you have a winning combination. I did not want it to en ...more
Chris Sutcliffe
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoy Emma all over again!

How lovely to be back again in society with such well loved characters! Emma’s rightful position is, of course, at the forefront of any social occasion, the top of anyone’s invitation and the initial call when an opinion is needed. But, much as I love her, to allow her to be moved off centre to bring forward her supporting cast is a clever and intriguing idea. It makes for a very enjoyable read indeed.

Allie Cresswell imitates Jane Austen’s distant voice well. There is
Michelle Miller (True Book Addict)
I am the type of person who always wants to know more about the various characters in novels, especially classic novels such as the works of Jane Austen or Charles Dickens. This book did not disappoint. Though this was the third novel in the Highbury Trilogy, I knew enough of the Emma story to not get lost. I loved reading the story of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill from the very beginning. From Austen's Emma, we only get glimpses of Jane from Emma's point of view (not always a positive view), ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dear Jane is the third and final book in the Highbury Trilogy, (inspired by Jane Austen's 'Emma') by Allie Cresswell.

In this instalment of the trilogy, we follow the relationship between Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill. If you have read or watched 'Emma' you will know of course what their outcome is. What this story does is take you right back to when our couple fall in love and the whys and wherefores as to why they hid their relationship and consequent engagement and the difficulty both felt
Tammy Buchli
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
While this final installation of the trilogy was just as well done as the first two, I didn’t enjoy it as much. This is probably because I’m just not a Jane and Frank fan. I always find the two of them to be massively irritating. And Cresswell’s versions were no exceptions. I did think it was brave and unexpected of her to give us such an unlikeable Emma, though. That was a bold choice.
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had been looking forward to reading the final instalment of the Highbury Trilogy, and now I have I do feel a little sad that it is over.

The Trilogy started with Mrs. Bates of Highbury, followed by The Other Mrs. Bates and finally ending with Dear Jane. Each story has takes on a main character and explores their family, friends and acquaintances. Dear Jane focuses on Jane Fairfax, she had a minor role in Emma and Allie Cresswell has made her into the major role, and I will add she has done it s
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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As I've mentioned in my reviews of book one and book two of this trilogy I haven't read Jane Austen's Emma but I've become a fan of historical romance and I have particularly enjoyed this trilogy by Allie Cresswell that sweeps you away to the lives and loves of three generations of ladies from one family living in the village of Highbury.
I have to admit that it did take me a little longer to get my head around the characters and storyline in Dear Jane but it is well worth sticking with the stor
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been really looking forward to the final part in this Highbury trilogy, following the characters we know from Jane Austen’s Emma, set before the well loved novel begins. This book takes a closer look at Jane Fairfax and the story overlaps with the familiar story of Emma itself.

In this book we see once again the social circling as many of the characters attempt to find an appropriate marriage partner. Appropriate meaning in terms of status, wealth, charm and accomplishments. Love rarely, i
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this third book we follow the story of Jane Fairfax, which leads us to the events in Jane Austen's Emma. I've read and enjoyed the first two books in the series, and this third one is, in my opinion, the best.

All the characters we have come to know and love in the previous books return, including the wonderful Miss Bates, who adds a tragic-comic touch to the story, along with a new generation and all their trials and tribulations.

Wonderfully written, it takes you back to those times when go
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dear Jane: The final book in the Highbury Trilogy
By Allie Cresswell
5 stars
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 everythin
Phyllis Entis
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t like Emma - the character, not the book. She is snobbish, self-important, self-satisfied and a thoroughly spoiled, stuck-up individual.

In ‘Dear Jane’, the third installment in Allie Cresswell’s prequel trilogy to Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, we come to know Jane Fairfax, a minor character in Austen’s book.

Jane’s character is the antithesis of Emma. Miss Fairfax is self-effacing, generous, almost painfully conscious of her obligations to her patrons and her friends. In fact, she is pretty nigh
Dear Jane is the final book in the Highbury trilogy, and it might just be my favorite!

This is Jane Fairfax’s and Frank Churchill’s journey to their HEA and what a journey it is!!!! Both Jane and Frank are being raised by people who aren’t their parents. I loved that Cresswell began their stories when they were just children. I felt like I really got to know them before they met each other. It was a romance but also somewhat of a family saga which really drew me into their story.

I love the way
Rachel Roetman
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Humorous but frustrating!

Initially I was really enjoying revisiting Highbury and its various characters but quickly became frustrated with communications between friends and lovers being conducted in innuendo and insinuation. I realize that that was the stilted mode of speech of that era but the very protracted love affair, Jane’s insistence on secrecy and Frank’s apparent cowardice in facing his aunt - in addition to neither of them confiding in a single confidante - nearly drove me to tears! F
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this final part of the Emma inspired trilogy we have the story of orphan Jane Fairfax and her life with the Campbells. Then she meets Frank Churchill at Weymouth and their intertwined history continues the story.
A very enjoyable well-written story
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of the ebook of this novel as part of the blog tour, full review on my blog 8th May 2019.
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