As part of Renata McMann’s and Summer Hanford’s season of smoke and fire, From Ashes to Heiresses takes place in the wake of a devastating fire at Longbourn. With the rest of their family gone and their home destroyed, Elizabeth and Jane are taken in by their aunt and uncle in Meryton. Concerned about the two surviving Bennet sisters’ situation, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley come to Herfordshire, but not before Mr. Wickham attempts to use the situation to his advantage.
This short story is also available as part of the print edition of Entanglements of Honor but is not included in the kindle edition of that novella.
From Ashes to Heiresses is a Pride and Prejudice variation short story of approximately 13,750 words.
“This short story begins with the heart-wrenching disaster of Longbourn’s destruction by fire. Jane and Elizabeth are the only members of the Bennet family spared since they are still in London with the Gardiners, Elizabeth having only arrived a few days earlier from her visit at Hunsford. Obviously, the girls are devastated and in deep mourning. They learn that their father had set aside more money for them than expected and they are comfortably provided for. Word gets around that the girls are “heiresses” (hence the book title). Since the Meryton regiment hasn’t left for Brighton yet, it doesn’t take much imagination to guess who comes around with the intention to take advantage of the situation. Events proceed from there.
This is a very satisfying, quick read. I do believe Renata McMann has completely mastered the art of the P&P-inspired short story. This is another well-conceived, well-constructed, well-written example.” – Debbie B.
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