The Other
Miss Bates

 

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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Lovingly written in Austen’s style, this book was just as enjoyable as ‘Mrs Bates of Highbury’. It stands alone as a complete story, but I was glad to have read Mrs Bates first as we glimpse the final instalment of Jane’s mother’s story. If you love Pride and Prejudice, Emma, indeed all Jane Austen’s amazing books, you will love this.

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