Barbara Cornthwaite

 Charity Envieth Not begins to tell the other side of Emma’s story. Mr Knightley is the owner of a considerable estate, a landlord, a magistrate, and a bachelor–a state that his brother John is perpetually prodding him to change. Thankfully, there is no one remotely suitable in his entire circle of acquaintance…or so he thinks.

George Knightley, Esquire-LendMeLeave Lend Me Leave is available now! A rival for the hand of Emma Woodhouse has brought about George Knightley’s realization of the true nature of his attachment to her. He is determined to win her in spite of Frank Churchill’s charming ways, and he has only to figure out how to make her realize that they were meant for each other. Carefully researched and skillfully written, this final book in the George Knightley, Esquire series tells the other side of Emma’s story.

Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and six children.

Website: A Walk in the Shrubbery

Interview: Meet Barbara Cornthwaite, author of George Knightley, Esquire

Reviews of Charity Envieth Not

Austenesque Reviews: Jane Austen’s Emma from Mr Knightley’s Perspective
Lady Gwynn’s Kingdom Review:  Book Review: George Knightley, Esquire
The Green Room Review:  Review: George Knightley, Esquire
Alexa Adams’ Review: George Knightley, Esquire: Charity Envieth Not
Jane Greensmith’s Review: Prepare to be Swept Away…by George Knightley, Esquire
My Love for Jane Austen Review: George Knightley, Esquire: Charity Envieth Not

Reviews of Lend Me Leave:

Lady Gwynn’s Kingdom Review: Book Review: George Knightley, Esquire: Lend Me Leave

Jane Greensmith’s Review: Lend Me Leave Review

Meredith’s Review at Austenesque Reviews: Go Team Knightley!

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52 thoughts on “Barbara Cornthwaite

  1. Stephanie

    Mrs Cornthwaite
    Just writing to say I throughly enjoyed “Charity Envieth Not” and anxiously await the next…
    Hope it is out soon..

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  2. Jean

    I also just finished “Charity Envieth Not” and thoroughly enjoyed it! The only downside is waiting for Book Two – I’m hoping we can expect it soon!

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  3. Judy

    I did enjoy “Charity Envieth Not”. I thought you captured the essential goodness of Mr. Knightly beautifully, and illuminated John Knightly’s character as well. I do love Mr. Spencer and have been telling all of my customers (fabric shop) the joke about the curate’s mother passing away from “nothing serious”.
    Do we have an expected date for the arrival of the next installment to Knightly’s story?

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  4. Sue

    I also really enjoyed “Charity Envieth Not.” What fun! You’ve done a terrific job of interpreting George just as I think he should be. What a perfect gentleman! I can’t wait for Book Two! PLEASE hurry and get it published!

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  5. Barclay

    I did enjoy “Charity Envieth Not”. I thought you captured the essential goodness of Mr. Knightly beautifully, and illuminated John Knightly’s character as well. I do love Mr. Spencer and have been telling all of my customers (fabric shop) the joke about the curate’s mother passing away from “nothing serious”.Do we have an expected date for the arrival of the next installment to Knightly’s story?
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  6. Sue

    I loved the first chapter you have posted. I didn’t think I would since Emma is not my favorite Austen work and I never know what to feel about it. I haven’t read the first book yet. I’m hoping to soon. But this chapter you posted truly has me intrigued. I can hardly wait to get the first book now and be ready for the second.

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  7. Deb

    Fantastic! I really love the story from Mr Knightley’s point of view. After reading the first time, I went back and read it along with “Emma”, switching between them. They really fit together brilliantly. Book 2 is also off to a great start and I keep watching for more! I also hope you consider writing some prequels or sequels of “Emma” as you have portrayed the characters so well. I am also worried about what will become of Madam Duval at the end?? 🙂

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  8. Robin

    I got my copy of “Charity Envieth Not” yesterday and finished it last night. I could not put it down! I thought it was marvelous! You really captured Mr. Knightley’s personality. I loved the humor in the letter between the Knightley brothers and the situation with the cat. You have done an excellent job with the characters and I can’t help but feel Miss. Austen would be pleased with your vision!

    I absolutely CAN NOT wait for the second book! The chapters you have posted are wonderful! I agree with the comment from Deb: I would love to see you write some prequels or sequels of “Emma.”

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  9. Lana

    I have just finished this book in two days, despite wanting to pace myself so the wait for the second book wouldn’t be as long. It was absolutely perfect. Your descriptions of Mr. Knightley, of his brother, and the Knightley’s world are exactly as I would have hoped and thought them to be. Thank you! Please tell us we have not long to wait for the conclusion!!

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  10. Carrie

    Ms. Cornthwaite, *Thank You* so much for posting the chapters as you finish them. I LOVED the first book and check here just about every day to see if there is more of your second book yet! I am having such a hard time waiting. My favorite Austen book has always been “Emma,” and, although I enjoy the many variations available on”Pride and Prejudice,” I am so happy to finally have more Emma and Mr. Knightley to read! Love it! Please keep it coming. And, yes, I must agree — prequels and/or sequels to “Emma” are a great thought for the future! 🙂 Thanks again!!

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  11. Beaky

    I just want to tell you how much I love your insight into Mr Knightley. I was so disappointed to see it was gone from the site I first read it on, but delighted to see it was published!

    I notice you live in Ireland too – do you know if the book is available to buy anywhere in this country? I’ll buy it on amazon.com if I have to but shipping can be so expensive from the US I’d like to save on that if I could. 🙂

    Thank you!

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    1. Barbara Cornthwaite

      Hi Beaky!
      The book is available from Amazon UK. I tried to post the link, but I couldn’t get it to come out right in the comment. And it’s also available on Kindle, if you prefer. 🙂 Thanks for your kind words! 🙂

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  12. Deborah

    Ever since I read quite a while ago that there would be a two volume series telling Mr. Knightley’s story, I’ve been dying waiting for both books to be released. I’m not the type of person who can read the first book and then wait to read the second, so I’ve made myself wait until I can buy both together. I’m so relieved that the second volume will be available this spring!!! Is there an option to pre-order from Amazon.ca or .com? I’m putting these at the very very top of my must have list on Amazon.

    I’ve always loved Mr. Knightley the best and since the 2009 mini-series of Emma(which is the hands-down best film portrayal of Mr. Knightley), I’ve been biting my nails til I can purchase your series. Only a few more months and my agony will be over!!

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  13. Michele

    I finished reading” Charity Envieth Not” last week. And of course I immediately went on the internet to see when book 2 was coming out. I found your website and read your preview chapters. I think that of all the Jane Austin continuation
    books, yours is my favorite.

    I liked it for 2 reasons. First, because it is well written and in fact has a real hint of Austin’s voice. A rare accomplishment! The other reason I liked it is because you have a real understanding of her values – I am not sure that most Jane Austin ‘imitators” have that understanding. Her very real love of virtue
    comes through in your novel. It is edifying and uplifting.

    I have never felt compelled to write to an author before – this tells you how much I enjoyed your book. And I look forward to the 2nd part…

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  15. Dorry Stotts

    Ms. Cornthwaite, *Thank You* so much for posting the chapters as you finish them. I LOVED the first book and check here just about every day to see if there is more of your second book yet! I am having such a hard time waiting. My favorite Austen book has always been “Emma,” and, although I enjoy the many variations available on”Pride and Prejudice,” I am so happy to finally have more Emma and Mr. Knightley to read! Love it! Please keep it coming. And, yes, I must agree — prequels and/or sequels to “Emma” are a great thought for the future! Thanks again!!
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  16. Deborah

    Just checking in! any update on release date? I hope I’m not pressuring you too much. Anticipation is building again…

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  17. Elizabeth

    Yes, indeed . . . anticipation IS building. I just reread the first book and the posted chapters of the second book. Your writing is lovely; I am eagerly awaiting the rest of the story. Is there a new time frame, Barbara? The last you mentioned was publication in May 2011, and we’re past that, now.

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  18. Barbara Cornthwaite

    Oops, I probably should have put the “June/July” comment on this page in bolder letters! Er…it won’t be June. We can hope for July. 🙂 We had an unexpected houseguest for a month, and some neglected duties had to be taken care of, and all that slowed the writing down. But I’m pushing forward! Thanks for commenting–it spurs me on when I start to think “Eh, nobody really cares if this gets written…”

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  19. Jean

    We absolutely care! I’ll probably re-read Book 1 in early July to be well-refreshed for Book 2 – looking forward to it!

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  20. Ursula Russo

    One of these days you are going to surprise me and book number two will be ready and displayed next to number one on the top of this page. In the meantime, I check your wesite every day, faithfully. Wouldn’t miss it for the world. Good luck.

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  21. Deborah

    Book Two available August 25th!! Yipppeeeee! WhooHooooo!

    Can anyone tell I’m beyond excited? Can it be pre-ordered?

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  22. Robin

    I am so excited!! I’ve been eagerly awaiting the book’s release! The first book was so good; I can’t wait to see more of your Mr. Knightley!

    Posting about the release on my blog!

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  23. Aarthi Jain

    I know that I express many an opinion that anything you may write will be devoured and greatly appreciated. I have read a great deal of Austen Fan Fiction and can honestly say that your work is the finest example. Please keep writing and publishing.
    Aarthi

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  25. Robin

    My copy of Book 2 arrived on Saturday. I picked it up Sunday evening to start it…and finished about 1am Monday. I could not stop reading! It was just wonderful!! I truly hope you might write a sequel because you really captured the characters (and I LOVED the ending!).

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  26. Deb

    Finished book 2 & I think it was absolutely wonderful! Very satisfying & I loved how you tied up the additional story lines & the ending. Would really love to see a sequel or two.. You did such a wonderful job of capturing all the characters and I adore Mr. Knightley even more now.

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  27. Deborah

    I finally received my copies of Volume 1&2 and am slowly savouring the first novel. I’m only letting myself read a few pages a day because I don’t want it to be over!

    Thank you for these wonderful books. I’m glad I waited to get them together, they are definitely worth the wait. I’m putting in an aquisition request with my local library so that they will have a wider distribution to those maybe not familiar with books like these.

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  28. Linda

    So, is Mr. Spencer’s mother dead or alive? In the first book he said she died of “nothing serious”, but in the second book he is sure his mother would like to attend his wedding. Just an “oops!”?

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      1. Linda

        By the way, I also meant to tell you that I really enjoyed your books, especially the letters between the brothers. I hope you write some sequels to this story on what takes place after “Emma”.

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  29. Robin Helm

    We are watching the Kate Beckinsale version of “Emma” right now. We also have at least two other versions, but we like this one best. I’m looking forward to reading your book soon, Barbara. After Elizabeth, Emma is my favorite Austen heroine.

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