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Mrs Bates of Highbury is going on tour with Rachel's Random Resources. If you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability. 

Mrs Bates of Highbury by Allie Cresswell

Genre: Regency, romance, historical, Jane Austen spin-off

Tour Dates: 21st - 27th September 2018

Publication Date: 12th September 2018

Formats available: Mobi or PDF

First in a three book series

Estimated Page Count - 125

Types of post available: Review or limited Guest Posts,  Q&As and Extracts

Meet a very different Mrs Bates from the elderly, entirely silent figure familiar to fans of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’. Thirty years before Miss Woodhouse was born finds her comparatively young, beautiful, widowed - but ready to love again. She is the lynch-pin of Highbury society until the appalling Mrs Winwood arrives, very determined to hold sway over that ordered little town.

Miss Bates is as talkative aged twenty nine as she is in her later iteration, with a ghoulish fancy, seeing disaster in every cloud. When young Mr Woodhouse arrives looking for a plot for his new house, the two strike up a relationship characterised by their shared hypochondria, personal chariness and horror of draughts.

Jane, the other Miss Bates, is just seventeen and eager to leave the parochialism of Highbury behind her until handsome Lieutenant Weston comes home on furlough from the militia and sweeps her - quite literally - off her feet.

(Temporary blurb, subject to change)

About Allie Cresswell

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 and two grandsons, is married to Tim and lives in Cumbria, NW England.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Maximum 3 stops per day.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

21st September

  1. Books, Life and Everything - Review

  2. Heartshaped Bluestocking - Review

  3. Short Book and Scribes - Guest Post

22nd September

  1. Becca McCulloch -Review

  2. Bookish Jottings - Review

  3. Jazzy Book Reviews -Extract

23rd September

  1. everywhere and nowhere - Review

  2. Audio Killed the Bookmark - Review

  3. Portable Magic - Guest Post

24th September

  1. Kraftireader - Review

  2. Dragonrose Books Galore Reviews - Review

  3. Laura's Interests - Extract

25th September

  1. Rosie Writes... - Review

  2. donnasbookblog - Review

  3. Nemesis Book Blog - Extract

26th September

  1. Portobello Book Blog -Review

  2. Me and My Books - Review

  3. 3 Degrees of Fiction - Review

27th September

  1. Ali - The Dragon Slayer - Review

  2.  Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews - Review

  3.  Jess Bookish Life - Review

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