Monday, February 23, 2015

Girlfriends Valentine Tea


Welcome! 
Yesterday I hosted my 2nd annual 
Girlfriends Valentine Tea.  This idea actually spring-boarded off of a cute little graphic from artist Susan Branch.  I love the idea of sharing Jesus' love with a bunch of girlfriends. Don't you? I set the table on Saturday, so most of the work would be done on Sunday, leaving more time to get ready, bake, etc.
There were 4 lovely ladies who joined me, including my beautiful daughter (yay!).


I opened up our time by inviting God to be the Head of our tea table, and sharing communion served in demitasse cups.
 I had vintage postcard banners 
 & a sweet miniature valentine banner on the chandelier. 
I made strawberry scones and spinach w/feta stuffed spanikopita.  
And I offered a variety of tea on this
darling pink, vintage suitcase I recently purchased.
Here is a close-up of the graphic I created and framed.

Each lady was asked to bring a savory dish, and a fruit to top the scones with.  We had pinwheels: bacon ranch, & turkey w/sun-dried tomatoes. There was Honeybaked ham salad on wheat, and bacon & cheese mini quiche w/a crescent roll base.  We also enjoyed a delightful new recipe featuring balsamic vinaigrette reduction mixed w/cream cheese, layered w/cucumber, strawberry & dill on tiny baguette bites (apparently something discovered on Pinterest).  I made my favorite creme fraiche (pronounced crem fresh) served from gravy boats, because we all need more uses for those!
The table cloth is a treasure I found on etsy last year and just love because it looks like a quilt, but is actually a print!

The favors I shared with you last week were a big hit.  All the ladies were sharing how they need more time with God, and thought this would be a useful boost!
 
Here is my recipe for crème fraiche
in case you are interested.
Isn't that bottle just too cute?!



I hope you enjoyed my tea lovely ladies.  May each of find time for quiet refreshment with God the Father who loves you abundantly this week.  
Also, if you are a reader of Christian Historical Fiction, I have a contest going! *Click Here*

I 'plan' to join a few other tea parties this week as well:


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Review After A Fashion


After a Fashion by Jen Turano

A TORNADO OF EXCELLENT 
STORY-TELLING

After a Fashion  -     By: Jen Turano

So I received my influencer copy of this book yesterday, and let me tell you it was all I could do to get my chores done so I could dive into this much anticipated book from my favorite author, Jen Turano. I started at 5:00pm last night and read all 346 pages until 2:30am this morning! I woke up with book reader's hangover (that’s a thing right?)!

It’s New York City, 1882 and Miss Harriet Peabody is a talented hat maker – a milliner, working for Mrs. Fienman. Ok, let me just stop right here and say, I have a great Aunt Harriet (Hattie) who was a milliner, amongst other things (born in 1895). How cool is that?! So, Harriet lifts up a special birthday prayer each year. This year she simply prays for ‘something wonderful’. Faith is woven throughout this book, but I would not be opposed to even more of it 
(-smile).

My great Aunt Harriet. Notice the hat!

As usual, right out of the gate, Jen has me laughing out loud. “Mrs. Fienman’s jowls began to quiver, she turned an interesting shade of purple, and then to Harriet’s amazement, the lady gave a loud hoot of laughter. Mrs. Fienman chortled for a full minute before she finally gave a last hiccup of amusement and motioned Harriet back to the chair. How amusing to learn you find me capable of ‘shady’ dealings, Miss Peabody, but I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth.”

Mrs. Fienman sends Harriet on a very sensitive hat delivery for a wealthy bride-to-be at the home of Oliver Addleshaw. Oliver is one of the wealthiest men in New York, whose family belongs to “the 400” – the most fashionable socialites of the day.

After an extremely amusing and chaotic scene with the would-be-bride, her mother, Mr. Addleshaw and a

Irish Wolfhound
crazy dog named Buford (who, in my mind, looks like an Irish Wolfhound), Harriet is offered a most unusual employment opportunity from Mr. Addleshaw that will change her life and her circumstances. But, Harriet is a hard-sell, and does not take keenly to the idea of what sounds like a ridiculous scheme. Oh, my, but I just love the banter between Harriet and Oliver!

Additionally, Harriet has two roommates. Millie, who is sweet, curious and hungry to learn things, but keeps losing jobs from the local employment agency due to “mishaps”, and Lucetta Plum, a well-known stage actress who is kind, strong and self-assured; a bit of a free spirit. I loved how these girls were all supporting of each other. There was nothing unlikable about any of them. I’ve seen other books where a character starts out unlikable, and then goes on to become a main character in a follow-up book and we are suddenly supposed to like them because their character has dramatically changed.

Everett is Oliver’s oldest and closet friend and confidant. However, he has his hands full with ‘the brats’ he inherited and a Miss Dixon he is trying to court. Everett is a kind and likeable fellow, while Miss Dixon is rude and arrogant, and quite unpleasant toward Harriet. He does, however, find Oliver’s scheme outlandish and feels socializing with a ‘hat girl’ is far too progressive for their social circle.

Of course there are a couple of villains. Aunt Jane is maniacal, twisted woman who appears in and out of Harriet’s life when it suits her. Silas Ruff is a disgusting, underhanded business partner of Oliver’s. I won’t say any more on them so I don’t give anything away.

Reverend Gilmore is Harriet’s friend and self-appointed guardian who tries to watch out for her. When things get concerning, he seeks out the help of a long time elderly benefactor of the church, who has been a shut-in since her husband’s death some years ago. She immediately decides to take charge of the girl’s lives, along with the help of Oliver’s grandfather. They are so charming together. I really enjoyed them.

I call this book a tornado because it is so fast paced in the very best way. There is tons of humor and strength of character in the story. I also like the cover, and back of the book. Look closely and you get a better view of Harriet’s gown and a stack of hat boxes she holding!

The ending is outstanding, because unlike so many other books I have read, it does not abruptly end. There are many finite details and the reader is allowed to savor the gradual ending. But that epilogue… with Reverend Gilmore. It tickled my funny bone and set up the next story so simply and sweetly. Just wonderful.

Well done again Jen! Well done.

5 out of 5 stars


Looking forward to Book #2 In Good Company, due out July 2015.  
Be sure to look up Jen on FB as she wonderfully approachable, and read her other books as well!

I was included in Jen Turano’s Influencer List and received this copy for no compensation. My opinion is my own.

© 2015 Bethany House
Read: 2/21/15
Reviewed: 2/22/15


Blessings and a cup of tea,
-Heather Elizabeth.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sweet Blessings

Adorable package, blackberry jam on toast,
& Darjeeling Tea w/local honey & milk

Click here for music to read by ~ Hillsong - Oceans

Yesterday, I unexpectedly received a lovely package in the mail from a sweet sister in Christ.  Today's blog post is dedicated to her.
It was a hectic day, and I was plum tuckered out!!  I knew I would enjoy opening it, but I wanted to wait until I could truly savor the moment.
This morning I awoke and got ready, made tea and toast, and headed to the front porch with my package and a little quite time with my Savior.



Happily, our Cali weather changed to overcast; my favorite. Here is a glimpse of my backyard this morning: 

I wish you could smell the overwhelming fragrance of the orange tree today!









Anyway, Max wanted to see what I got too!








And here are all the pretties: 
Lace, Washi Tape, Scripture, Bling, Pretties - hooray!
I L-O-V-E scripture to enhance, well, anything! I received scripture tea, scripture on stickers, and scripture with bling.  I also love bling, but in tasteful ways like this. These sweet little card attachments will probably be used as lovely book marks since I love to read, and bookmarks are wonderful ways to remember the person who gave it, and keep them in prayer.  The Friendship Tea note cards are actually sitting in my wish-list at www.CBD.com.  My friend had no way of knowing that!  Isn't that fun?! 
Now, when I opened the little bag on the left, inside was this sweet little treasure that seriously brought tears to my eyes.  It just touched me so much to have received it.  I had admired them when she made them, and to be called friend is such a gift!




Finally, inside the tissue was this gorgeous towel in soft green with dark green lace.  It will be perfect for my shelf for St. Patrick's day!
A huge hug and thank you to Stephanie, my sweet friend and newest sister. God bless you!



I also wanted to share with you these amazing seasonal cards from Ann Voskamp:  
CLICK HERE for free printable

 They are free at her website: A Holy Experience.com

You can click the link, close the pop-up window and scroll down to FREE TOOLS.  It is currently the first box and says Lent to Repent when you hover over it.  It is really cool, because it gives you something to fast from each day to help you grow closer to Christ between now and Easter.  I didn't let the fact that I didn't start on time stop me, because every day with Christ is important!  I hope it blesses you too sweet sisters.

-Hugs and a cup of tea,
Heather Elizabeth

Sunday, February 15, 2015

RAoK, and Tea for Two


At the Off Ramp
Twas a long line of cars
At the off-ramp I sat
Watching a man up ahead
With a sign in his hand
“Just hungry” I read
And my heart skipped a beat
Knowing full well he was “the least of these”
I sent up a prayer, and with a quick glance
Two breakfast bars in my console
I had just by chance
Rolling my window and easing my car slow
I stretched out my hand saying,
“Here you go.”
He jumped; quite surprised,
and there was joy on his face
He grabbed at the goodies
as I had to make haste.
“God bless you.” I said
And passed through the light,
The last thing I heard was “Woo-hoo!”
As I drove out of sight.
My heart was so full
It made my day
I hope yours is too
Dear reader I pray.

-by: Heather 2/15/15



































                                                                                            






I recently ordered some old movies from Amazon, including this one - Tea for Two with the lovely Doris Day.  I settled in with a cup of brand new blueberry tea sent to me by my Pen-Pal, Shondra (thanks friend!).  It was tea-lightful and the movie was lots of fun!  The one-liners were just great!
Click HERE for a little snippet.





Here are some roses just for you dear friends!
Have a blessed evening. Hugs and a cup of tea,
Heather Elizabeth

Saturday, February 14, 2015

HAPPY VALENTINES EVENING

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Let me know if you like it :)

I pray you have all enjoyed your day and are enjoying your evening as well.  As I write this from my desk in sunny California, it is 6:42pm and 75* here :)               I imagine that is beyond comprehension for some of you!  
So my sweet treat tonight is my own recipe that I played around with last year, and was quite pleased with the results!  Vanilla ice-cream, handful of blueberries, splash of Snapple peach tea, blended.  Admittedly it sounds weird, but it is divine. My reluctant 22 y/o daughter even enjoyed it!  I hope you will try it when the weather is warm enough in your neck of the woods :)
 I received these lovely flowers from a client yesterday.  Aren't they pretty?  I can't wait for the Stargazer lilies to open.  Those are my favorite! The smell is heaven.

These are some party favors I have prepared for a "Girlfriends Valentine Tea Party" I am hosting next week.  I thought I would give you a sneak peak.  I wrapped a pretty piece of papercrafting paper around the book, and then a strip of velum with each lady's name printed on it.

It is a pocket book small enough for most purses with a quick daily devotional (58 in all) by Elizabeth George.  It features a lovely teacup so of course that's even better! You can get it here for under $2.
May I share today's with you? THE THINGS OF GOD * Redeeming your time is so important.  What do I mean? Time is redeemed when you make the most of your life by fulfilling God's purposes.  As you line your life and seize every opportunity for useful service, your life takes on an efficient quality.  That may be difficult to imagine since your're so busy, but as you focus on doing the business of God, time expands.  I don't know who wrote this poem, but it's true"
I have only just a minute
Only sixty seconds in it...
Just a tiny little minute.
But eternity is in it.
As your heart becomes more dedicated to God, you'll reclaim, recover, retrieve, rescue, and regain the minutes, hours, and days of your life for His glory.
{Her closing prayer}   Jesus, what a precious gift time is! Please keep me aware of my stewardship of this great award. Help me make good use of every hour, realizing that once spent, it can never be returned to me. Amen.*

Wishing you blessings and a cup of tea!
Heather Elizabeth

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GOOD MEAT IN THIS MESSAGE

Today's inspiration comes from the Word of God and commentary from my former pastor who retired some years ago, but still faithfully serves the body through his writing.

I truly hope this message will speak to you as it did me.

The great burden that Jesus carried with Him daily was His deep concern for people who have not come to trust in Him for the forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
"Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.'”    Matthew 9:36-38 NASB
This problem is still huge today among Jesus' followers. Many attenders but few workers in the work of bringing others to Him for salvation. I read a great book many years ago titled, "What's Gone Wrong With The Harvest," by James Engel and H. Wilbert Norton.  In it they say that today's church, and it was written in 1975, has more information, more equipment, more facilities etc. than at any time in church history, yet we are the most inefficient church at the same time. The church today makes 1975 look like the stone age in comparison when it comes to the machinery available to us. Fewer people are won to Christ and discipled today than ever before. They said that this is best illustrated by a harvesting machine that has the very latest in technology yet the cutting blades are missing.
Far too many pastors today are more interested in just having a big crowd than in the spiritual condition of their souls. This is demonstrated by the so-called Feel Good preaching that is so prevalent today, by this I mean, sermons and teaching on topics that never offend the listeners. The Bible mentions this very thing.
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths."   (emphasis added)  2 Timothy 4:3-4 NASB
Did you note all the words that indicate self-absorption, ME? Today's catch phrase is, "I gotta do what's best for ME." The result of this kind of teaching is found in a Minor Prophet's words.
"Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord GOD, "When I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the LORD. People will stagger from sea to sea and from north even to the east; they will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, but they will not find it."  (emphasis added)       Amos 8:11-12 NASB
Why do so many pastors today avoid certain topics of the Word of God? Topics like eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire, accountability before a holy God, heaven, immorality, homosexuality, abortion, judgment, obedience, repentance and the plan of salvation? Some pastors in the so-called church growth movement have convinced them to avoid such subjects because these topics might offend the attenders. You see, this item of being offended is what the Bible teaches as CONVICTION. Without conviction, few sinners are brought to repentance. They have been told that many of these topics are POLITICAL issues and the church should avoid political issues altogether. There is a Greek word for this: BALONEY! It really boils down to possibly not having a big congregation if these things are mentioned. Do you remember what Jesus did when large crowds followed Him? He left the area because He knew that word had spread about His feeding and healing people and they come for this for themselves as well. "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10 His #1 priority!!!
Shouldn't the greatest burden of Jesus be our burden today? Shouldn't churches, pastors and teachers of the Word of God be equipping believers to do the work of an evangelist, leading lost people to the saving knowledge of Jesus, and then to train them in discipleship so that they can reach full maturity? Shouldn't this be the ultimate task of the church today, second only to the pure worship of our glorious God?
PS: For those who think that the early church in America was not political, you need to read the *ELECTION DAY SERMONS published by Liberty Fund. To them political issues were not dirty words but essential to their freedom to live and worship as they saw fit. These folks went to church on election day to hear their pastor speak on the candidates and issues on the ballot and then went to the ballot box to cast their vote based on a biblical world view. Also, look up Pastor Peter Muhlenberg and his role in the Revolutionary War.
*Political Sermons of the Founding Era  Liberty Fund (Two Volumes)
In case you were wondering what the results of feel good preaching were...
"If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it." Rev. Charles Finney
Charles Finney was the prime instrument in God's hands during the 2nd Great Awakening in America ~ 1790-1840
Pastor Ike
Olive Leaf Publications

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Blessings & A Cup of Tea to Each of You Dear Ones,

Monday, February 9, 2015

Book Review The Daughter of Highland Hall

BOOK REVIEW
The Daughter of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides Book 2)
by: Carrie Turansky

•°o•:*:•.ANOTHER WINNER.•:*:• o°•

The Daughter of Highland Hall, Edwardian Brides Series #2   -     By: Carrie Turansky
Book 2 picks up right where book # 1 left off and is every bit as wonderful.  In case you missed my review of book 1, these stories remind us very much of Downton Abbey, but with a much softer, more spiritual feel. 

Opening in 1912 London, England, Julia and Sir William are now engaged and have moved the family to the Ramsey home for “the season”, where debutante Katherine Ramsey is due to make her debut.  Under the guiding hand of her extremely forceful Aunt Louisa, she is learning the proper etiquette, making her way through invitations, sizing up potential suitors and attending parties, teas, art exhibits and balls, all with the end goal of marrying into a proper family.

Julia’s brother Jon is finishing his medical training and comes to stay with them.  There is immediate chemistry between Jon and Katherine, but he is not the “right sort” of match Aunt Louisa has in mind. 

Lydia has come along as a ladies maid.  I picture her as Daisy from Downton Abbey, but with stronger faith.  She ends up on an adventure of her own trying to help locate her missing sister Helen who has run away with her rowdy boyfriend Charlie Gibbons.  She enlists the help of Jon and Katherine, mainly because she assists Katherine and Jon works in London’s East End, which is dangerous but may be a link to finding Helen.

There are many enjoyable characters in this book and Katherine has many choices to make along the way as she navigates society and her own growing faith in God.

Once again, this book is filled with faith and scripture; and is a TRUE Christian novel.  Here is a favorite quote of mine from page #124:
‘He placed one hand on the woman’s shoulder and the other on the boy’s and closed his eyes. “Father, I come to You on behalf of Mrs. Cummings and her young son Peter.  You see their situations, and You know exactly what they need.  I ask You to watch over them and provide for them.  Please help Peter’s arm heal properly and quickly. And please give Mrs. Cummings the strength she needs to care for her family.  We ask You to show Your great love and power in their lives.  Thank You for hearing our prayer.  We’ll be watching and waiting for Your answer.  We ask these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.” ’
Isn’t that lovely?  I love how she capitalizes You when referring to the Lord.  I do that too!  Also, she gives the reader a biblical example of how to pray – see Mathew 6:6-13 and Ephesians 5:20 first approaching the Father, and then asking in Jesus name.  This was something I had to learn, and am happy to see in this writing.

I again read this story in just a couple of days and recommend it to anyone who enjoys faith filled period romances.

Currently available at Target, as well as (click here ->) Christian Book Discounters
I can not wait for Book 3 which is set to release October 2015.
           
5 out of 5 teacups toasting!

Things that are included: Reader’s Guide (which I never use)

Complete Edwardian Brides Series:
The Governess of Highland Hall (Book 1- 2013)
The Daughter of Highland Hall (Book 2 - 2014)
A Refuge at Highland Hall (Book 3 - 2015)

Carrie is very sweet and approachable online.

I received a copy as a birthday gift and opinions are my own.
© 2014 Multinomah Books – a Div. of Random House
326 Pages
Read: 02/05-07/2015   Reviewed: 2/09/2015
  

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Book Review The Governess of Highland Hall

BOOK REVIEW
The Governess of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides Book 1)
by: Carrie Turansky



The Governess of Highland Hall, Edwardian Brides Series #1   -     By: Carrie Turansky
I REALLY enjoyed this story about missionary Julia Foster and recent estate baronet of Highland Hall, Sir William and read it in two days, not wishing to put it down.  The quote on the cover from another excellent author, Julie Klassen, really captures my feelings: “There is much to like about The Governess of Highland Hall: A sweet, noble heroine, a proud, yet vulnerable hero, and a Downton Abbey inspired setting.”  Interestingly, I had not read that quote until after finishing the book, yet I found myself envisioning a Downton Abbey setting along with similar characters – Mr. Lawrence as Mr. Carson, a cranky version of Mrs. Patmore who is I pictured for Mrs. Emmitt based on description, rather than Mrs. Hughes. 

Opening in 1911, Berkshire England, Julia is on her way to interview for a governess job so she will have money to take care of her parents.  She and her family have just returned to England due to her father’s poor health after serving 12 years in India.  Sir William has very recently inherited a country estate, which comes with two belligerent teenage nieces.  He and his young children, Andrew and Millie along with a handicapped sister, Sarah, have left London for a fresh start, since he has been widowed and rocked by scandal.  Those experiences have swayed his faith to the point he is no longer truly growing in Christ.  Julia’s arrival seems a divine appointment for what the family needs.

This book is filled with faith and scripture; a TRUE Christian novel (not an impostor) -hands clapping.

It reaches across the barriers of social classes and has characters interacting in more human ways which was both interesting and real in a way I enjoyed.  Plus the setting is lovely.  I personally felt the book was very approachable without shoving to many period facts or fancy words down my throat.  There are some period books I keep my phone handy just to look up the many period references and historical words throughout.  But, with this book I could truly just enjoy the story. 
Currently available at Target (I saw it yesterday!), as well as 
(click here ->) Christian Book Discounters
I am definitely looking forward to Book 2: The Daughter of Highland Hall.
            
5 out of 5 teacups toasting!

Things that are included: Reader’s Guide (which I never use)

Carrie is very sweet and approachable online.

I received a copy as a birthday gift and opinions are my own.
© 2013 Multinomah Books – a Div. of Random House
Read: 02/03&04/2015   Reviewed: 02/05/2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Teacup Tuesday & Tiny Jars


I wanted to do a Teacup Tuesday post (my 1st one), that I could share with others who post the same :)
Yesterday at Burlington Coat Factory (of all places), I found an assortment of Davidson's brand teas and decided to give them a try.  It is USDA Organic certified, and each bag comes sealed in its own wrapper, which is always lovely for sharing in gifts.  Tonight's selection is Apricot Essence black tea.  I hardly steeped this tea at all, and it quickly darkened in color.  The taste of the black tea was quite strong, with the apricot notes arriving afterwards.  Not my favorite, but nice to try something new.
My teacup is November Chrysanthemum from the Avon Blossoms of the Month series.  I love the orange and yellow colors which work well in spring or autumn.  I found it at a yard sale for just a few dollars and couldn't pass it up.  The tray in the background is another find from Ross this week. It was only $5 or $6 :)  Woo-hoo! 




I have an affinity towards tiny jars.  I don't know why, but I do.  I spotted these at the store, and loved them, but I don't have any babies in my daycare right now.  What to do?  Why, make smoothies of course!
I added 2 soft bananas, and some ice along with the baby food, and The Littles enjoyed their treats very much.

Extra bonus, when I washed up the jars, the labels peeled right off - no extra scrubbing needed.


See  how the jars look with flowers in them.  Jane thinks they are lovely.

The other teacup featured on the right is Duchess bone china made in England.  I am not too sure of the flower shown on it, however.  Any ideas?
Update: the lovely Beth from Conversations from my house, informed me the teacup on the right features DOGWOOD flowers.  Thank you Beth!







I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jer. 31:25









Jane Austen Family Letters at the Huntington

The Huntington Library and Gardens in Southern California, has acquired a new set of letters, which is very exciting as a lover of all things Austen.
Leigh Family Papers, unpublished letters and manuscripts from Jane Austen's mother's family, 1686–1823, 1866. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Leigh Family Papers (Jane Austen’s Mother was Cassandra Leigh) unpublished letters and manuscripts from Jane Austen's mother's family, 1686–1823, 1866. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
"The Council also acquired 52 unpublished letters, poems, and other materials from Jane Austen’s mother’s family, the Leighs of Adlestrop. The collection spans six generations, capturing intimate family relationships across time."  

“This is a deeply personal collection of family papers that draws back the curtain on the formalities of society in 17th- and 18th-century England,” said Vanessa Wilkie, William A. Moffett Curator of English Historical Manuscripts. “We’re looking at correspondence revealing the intimate, mundane, playful, and tragic aspects of the times.” The collection spans almost 200 years, with a range of voices from within one lineage. “You get a dear mother, affectionate father, dear son, dear cousin, dear brother, dear little niece, dear Madame, and even A. Nonymous,who writes a really funny letter that cautions against the dangers of falling in love with Miss Fortune.”

Historians and literary scholars continue to mine the legacy of Jane Austen, already well studied. These materials provide an unpublished window into her mother’s side of the family. It does not include Jane Austen material; most of her letters were burned by her sister after her death. The collection supplements other Leigh family material already in The Huntington’s possession."






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