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By Alice McVeigh

ISBN: 978-1916882331

Publication: February 2022

Publisher: Warleigh Hall Press

Editions: Paperback, ebook.

A Jane Austen Variation

Harriet is an intriguing and original “take” on Jane Austen’s immortal Emma, by Publishers Weekly‘s 2021 BookLife Prize Quarterfinalist, Alice McVeigh.

Emma, a privileged young heiress, decides to mentor Harriet Smith, a pretty boarding-school pupil, and to matchmake her as eligibly as she can… But how is she to guess that Harriet has a secret?

Meanwhile, the brilliant, penniless Jane Fairfax consents to a clandestine engagement with Frank Churchill – though not daring to confess, even to him, that she is being relentlessly pursued by her best friend’s husband.

Harriet sidelines Emma herself in favour of the ingenious Harriet and the fascinating Jane Fairfax. It is Emma – but an Emma with a surprisingly believable twist in its tail.

Click here to read about the Warleigh Hall Press Jane Austen series.


WINNER: Bronze medal (European Fiction) IPPY award (Independent Publishers Book Awards, 2023)

Starred Editor’s Pick (“outstanding”) on Publishers Weekly

HONORABLE MENTION Foreword Indies’ “Book of the Year” award

Gold Medal 2023 Historical Fiction Company, finalist for their “Book of the Year”

FINALIST in Chanticleer’s CIBA Chatelaine Award

Winner: Gold Medal (historical) Global Book Awards, 2022

Selected: as one of “100 notable Indies of 2022” by Shelf Unbound Magazine

Finalist: International Book Awards (historical fiction)

Honoree: IndieBRAG medallion, 2022

Finalist: American Fiction Awards, 2022 (historical fiction)

#1 Bestseller in several categories on

Silver Award, Literary Titan

Indie Reader-Approved

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