by Rose Servitova & Jane Austen
Emma Watson returns to her family home after fourteen years with her wealthy and indulgent aunt. Now more refined than her siblings, Emma is shocked by her sisters’ flagrant and desperate attempts to ensnare a husband. To the surprise of the neighbourhood, Emma immediately attracts the attention of eligible suitors – notably the socially awkward Lord Osborne, heir to Osborne Castle – who could provide her with a home and high status if she is left with neither after her father’s death. Soon Emma finds herself navigating a world of unfamiliar social mores, making missteps that could affect the rest of her life. How can she make amends for the wrongs she is seen to have committed without betraying her own sense of what is right? Jane Austen commenced writing The Watsons over two hundred years ago, putting it aside unfinished, never to return and complete it. Now, Rose Servitova, author of acclaimed humour title, The Longbourn Letters: The Correspondence between Mr Collins and Mr Bennet has finished Austen’s manuscript in a manner true to Austen’s style and wit.
The Longbourn Letters
Where Pride and Prejudice ends, a new relationship begins. Good-humoured but detached and taciturn, Mr Bennet is not given to intimacy. Largely content with his life at Longbourn, he spends his evenings in the solitude of his library, accompanied only by a glass of port and a good book. But when his cousin, the pompous clergyman Mr Collins, announces his intention to visit, Mr Bennet is curious to meet and appraise the heir to his estate. Despite Mr Bennet’s initial discouragement, Mr Collins quickly becomes a frequent presence in his life. They correspond regularly, with Mr Collins recounting tales of his follies and scrapes and Mr Bennet taking great pleasure from teasing his unsuspecting friend. Tender, heart-warming and peppered with disarming humour, The Longbourn Letters reimagines the characters of Pride and Prejudice and perfectly captures the subtleties of human relationships and the power of friendship.When a rift develops between the men, Mr Bennet is faced with a choice: he must withdraw into isolation once again or acknowledge that Mr Collins has brought something new and rich to his life.
By Rose Servitova
A Season at Sanditon
By Rose Servitova
When Charlotte Heywood arrives at the fledging seaside resort of Sanditon, she quickly forms strong views on her new social circle. While she finds some to be agreeable enough, others inspire less charitable opinions, such as the penny-pinching Lady Denham, the rather dim Sir Edward and the highly ridiculous Diana Parker and her brother Arthur. But Charlotte develops a strong affection for her host’s brother Sidney, and becomes increasingly friendly with wealthy heiress Miss Jemima Lambe.
Following a sea-bathing accident, the fascinating Dr Hollis enters Charlotte’s life and sets off a chain of events that will leave both Charlotte and Sanditon changed forever. Romance, deceit and the threat of ruin force Charlotte to face up to her shortcomings and, in an attempt to make amends, acknowledge that her own happiness is tied to the fate of Sanditon.
"A gift for Austen fans everywhere."