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My Dearest Miss Fairfax: What Jane Austen's Emma didn't know by [Jeanette Watts]

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At last! Finally, we get to read the real inside story of Miss Jane Fairfax and Mr. Frank Churchill! Ms. Watts has written a superb, welcomed, believable story that reveals their true personalities and their opinions of everyone in Highbury. She has clearly explained the complicated background of their falling in love and secret engagement. The book is full of laughter, love, annoyance, and desperation; all the emotions of young love impatient to marry. I loved My Dearest Miss Fairfax!     
-- Arlene S. Bice, author; editor of
 Jane Austen, an anthology of thoughts & opinions
Austen portrays Jane Fairfax as a worthy and slightly dull supporting character in a novel studded with leading actors. Jeanette Watts repositions her as the passionate and independent-minded heroine of her own story. Funny, wise, insightful - and remarkably gripping, given that we all know how things will turn out in the end - this is a gem of a book that will send readers back to Emma with quite a new perspective.
 -- Joceline Bury, 
Jane Austen's Regency World
This tender, lightly-handled but moving story reveals Jane's perspective, on her romance with the exasperating Frank Churchill, but also her feelings towards Emma herself, which are not always positive! Other delights include her perspective on her dear but infuriating aunt Miss Bates, and on Mrs Elton. Always true to Jane Austen, but revealing the inner world of Miss Fairfax, this is not to be missed. Brava, Ms Watts! 
-Harri Whilding, author of 
Out There In the World and Every Wand'ring Barque

Just like Miss Austen, Ms Watts fills the pages with love, complications, and impatient desperation. While pictured as a reticent woman in Emma, in this book Jane Fairfax comes forth as a passionate heroine with quite her own opinions of the residents of Highbury which lends to the same qualities that Miss Austen imbued in her characters - full of mirth, wit, quips, and the stylistic Regency-era style any Austen fan will recognize and enjoy. No doubt you will get a entirely new view of Jane in this lovely moving story!    -
The Historical Fiction Company

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Only upon digging deeply into the text of "Emma" to pry out every last bit of information about Jane Fairfax's engagement to Frank Churchill did I come to realize that Jane Austen had written something akin to a murder mystery...where the protagonist fails to solve the crime. The clues are sprinkled throughout the book. There are significant glances, there are unconscious revelations, there are easily-detectable lies. There are many times, for multiple characters, where actions speak louder than words. There are correct suppositions that are firmly ignored or denied. 
I can only picture Miss Austen chuckling to herself as she wrote her brilliant manuscript: the tongue-in-cheek observations that only make sense once the secret is out are every bit as lightly cynical as her famous opening line of Pride and Prejudice. I like to think she would be chuckling while reading this tribute: while the Janes in Miss Austen's books tend to be perfect, idealized women, this Jane Fairfax tells the truth behind the facade. The true woman isn't perfect. But she's a whole lot more fun.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09TG5XMWX
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 14, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2354 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 322 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 4.4 out of 5 stars 65 ratings

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Jeanette Watts is a dance instructor, writer, seamstress, actress, and very, very poor housekeeper.

When she isn't writing historical fiction, she is working on a reproduction of historical clothing, she is teaching historical dances, or she is traveling and visiting historical sites. And wineries. Always make time to stop at the wineries.

Her new YouTube channel, "History is My Playground," is soon to also become a podcast with the same name.

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2.0 out of 5 stars If that was supposed to be a side story to Jane Austen Emma, it failed.
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