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Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway: Rational Creatures Author J. Marie Croft Featuring Emma’s Hetty Bates

This story touched my heart. Oh, dear, sweet, funny, exasperating Miss Bates!

Diary of an Eccentric

Christina Boyd has done it again, assembling a fabulous team of authors for another Austen-inspired short story anthology. Rational Creatures pays homage to the ladies in Jane Austen’s works. I’m about a quarter of the way through the collection, and I’m loving it so far.

Today, J. Marie Croft is here to discuss Emma‘s Hetty Bates and share an excerpt from her story, “The Simple Things.” I hope you enjoy it, and please stay tuned for a HUGE giveaway. Please give her a warm welcome!

An impatient reader might skim over quotes spoken by Miss Hetty Bates, the talkative spinster-aunt in Emma. Her chatter is, after all, entirely inconsequential. Or is it? Read between those lines of hers, and you’ll discover a highly observant character. Hetty—when not prattling on—is watching and listening. 

Unpretentious, Hetty loves life’s simple pleasures. But she isn’t simple…nor is her situation in The…

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Award-winning author of novels brushed with history and romance.

One thought on “Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway: Rational Creatures Author J. Marie Croft Featuring Emma’s Hetty Bates

  1. I loved that story. I will never be able to think of “Emma” and not think of Miss Bates and her history. Or Miss Smith. Brilliant piece.

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