Fashions in the Era of Jane Austen

The Essex Sisters Companion includes not only Eloisa’s original notes about each book in the Essex Sister series and her Extra Chapters, but also a 140-page alternate ending to Kiss Me, Annabel. Eloisa discarded this shockingly different plot after writing one draft, and the published novel went in an entirely new direction. Also in the Companion: a new novella: “A Midsummer Night’s Disgrace,” a lot of wonderful insight into the fashion of the period, and so much more. What follows is the table of contents… doesn’t it look delicious?



Presenting the Essex Sisters Series, by Jody Gayle

The Boundaries of a Book, by Eloisa James

In the Beginning
On the Challenges of Writing
The Stages of Writing a Book
Notes for The Taming of the Duke
Notes for Pleasure for Pleasure
“On Marriages of Convenience, Arranged Marriages, Fake Marriages, and All Sorts of Delicious Marriages”
On Writing Sex … After the Eleventh Book
“When the Hero Puts on a Dress” by Anne N. Bornschein
The Place of Research in Writing Historical Romances
Editing a Manuscript
When the Manuscript Is Finished
The Taming of the Duke Bonus Chapter
Introduction to Essex Sisters Series Extra Content
“A Midsummer Night’s Disgrace,” A Brand-New Story in the Essex Sisters World
Essex Sisters Family Tree
A Final Chapter to the Essex Sisters Series
“A Heroine Whose Story Needs Telling” by Franzeca Drouin

The Essex Sisters and What They Wore: A Fashion Fairy Tale, by Jody Gayle
Vogue by Any Other Name
Ruffles, Ruffles, and Then Even More Ruffles!
“Regency Fashion Categories” by Candice Hern

Publications, by Jody Gayle

Debrett’s Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland
The Sporting Magazine
General Stud Book
Challenges and Gambling
Depicting Life in London, with the Help of La Belle Assemblée
Publications in Pleasure for Pleasure
Nocturnal Revels
Malefactors’ Bloody Register
One Last Thought on Publications …

Attending the Theatre, by Jody Gayle
Theatre Royal, Covent Garden
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Shakespeare, My Love

Character Index
An Excerpt from A Gentleman Never Tells
Alternate Ending: Kiss Me, Annabel

"The Official Essex Sisters Companion Guide by Eloisa James and Jody Gayle is truly a one-of-a-kind book and one that should be on every historical romance fans bookcase! I give this a High 5 Stars. What an amazing idea that Jody Gayle dreamed up and kudos to her for her gusto and approaching Eloisa about her idea. Thanks to Eloisa for accepting this wonderful undertaking and working with Jody, for this book is truly a gem and one that I, personally, will treasure! "

Janet - Goodreads​​

Table of Contents

The Official Essex Sisters Companion Guide


"Jody Gayle’s fabulous exploration of Regency-era fashion, publications, pastimes and entertainment. I am a HUGE history nerd and Jody’s essays—and the accompanying illustrations— truly bring the time period alive." 

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