Jane and Dorothy is an enlightening and fascinating book that tells the stories of two very different women, showing what divided them and yet also showing in a surprising and intriguing way, what they had in common.
President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia
Marian Veevers deftly weaves the contrasting lives of these two great writers. She wants to show how two extraordinary women found meaningful lives "outside the prescribed destiny" of a suitable marriage.
Jane and Dorothy is an intriguing book, neither biography nor literary criticism but more a committed personal enquiry into the lives of these two women. By yoking them together, Marian Veevers shows how they each found a voice in the male-dominated society of their day.
Praise for the Dido Kent series
If Jane Austen had written Miss Marple, she would have been Dido Kent, the inquisitive spinster of Dean’s American debut, first published in England as A Moment of Silence (2008). ... the plot is fraught with clever red herrings that are resolved into an unexpected yet tidy and deeply satisfying conclusion. A classic English country-house whodunit with a Regency setting that will delight Austen fans and mystery connoisseurs alike.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The central character (of A Gentleman of Fortune) is believable, likeable, and convincing while the historical details are beautifully rendered, subtle, and unobtrusive yet adding an unmistakable sense of period and place. The plot is full of twists and turns with mysterious visitors, disguises, and lots of secrets discovered by Miss Kent. There is never a dull moment and I didn't want it to end. Overall, a wonderful book which I recommend very highly. I will definitely be getting the first in the series and looking forward with great anticipation to the third.
Historical Novels Review (editor’s choice)
Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean is rich in period detail, transporting the reader to a different time where a visit to a draper’s shop or a walk down the portrait gallery in a manor house reveals many secrets. The relations between the different social classes are complex and through Dido’s discerning eye we travel upstairs and downstairs, inside the house and out in the village, making the necessary connections to solve the mystery.
...Miss Dido Kent shines as the very capable amateur detective; her elegant wit, sensitive observations, and keen intelligence make her an immediate favorite.
... Fans of Jane Austen who are well acquainted with the details of her life as well as her novels will delight in the moments of the book which bring to mind their beloved author. But Bellfield Hall is much, much more than just a loving tribute; it’s an intelligent, suspenseful mystery, elegantly written with engaging characters. It will appeal to Jane Austen fans and historical mystery lovers alike.