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Raised with four older stepcousins in a conservative, churchgoing family, Frannie Price teeters on the brink of adolescence in the summer of 1985. Her timidity and awkwardness make her easy to overlook, yet she has one true friend in her cousin Jonathan. Jonathan, her childhood champion and the best person she knows. But when the Grant twins enter her life, Frannie's world...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 5th 2012 by BellaVita Press (first published May 3rd 2012)
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Being fourteen is never easy – still in your awkward stage, feeling misunderstood, falling for your first crush, etc. And for Frannie Price it is an even more trying time because she is painfully shy, insecure, and harboring a secret and possibly inappropriate crush on her step-cousin, Jonathan. But what really makes the summer of her fourteenth year really unbearable is Caroline and Eric Grant. From the moment she met the quick-witted, charming, and vibrant siblings, Frannie knew they were trou...more
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With sympathy and humour , Christina Dudley has given us an in depth, contemporary take on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.

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Raised with four older stepcousins in a conservative, churchgoing family, Frannie Price teeters on the brink of adolescence in the summer of 1985. Her timidity and awkwardness make her easy to overlook, yet she has one true friend in her cousin Jonathan. Jonathan, her childhood champion and the best person she knows. But when the Grant twin...more
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I loved this book, wish I had read it more slowly. I think I will read it again to really savor it. I don't remember reading Mansfield Park, so now I have to go find that to link them together. I love the way the story reminds of God's faithfulness, even when we feel alone. I also like the way it reminds us that people can change, Tom changed, Erik changed (a couple of times) but God never gives up on us--I love that.
Hope Cochran
Loved it! Thanks Christina :)
Ruth
Although a fan of Dudley's other books and a great appreciator of all things Austen-related, I couldn't muster much enthusiasm for this Christianized retelling of Mansfield Park . Granted, that's one of my less favorite Austen books, but I had hopes that by setting the story in the 1980s and throwing in the Evangelical element and her trademark humor, Dudley would bring something fresh to the table.

While I applaud her decision to set the story in the 80s (what a great decade!) I feel that she...more
Alisonb
on a very superficial note: in my opinion, the cover totally misrepresents this book!

I just didn't LOVE this book like I wanted to... BUT, I am thinking about the characters today (after having finished it yesterday), which means something. I'm just not sure that I love them.

Hmmm...
Laura Hartness
An enjoyable modern re-telling of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Full review available on The Calico Critic:

http://calicocritic.blogspot.com/2012...
Kim
Wasn't a fan of this at all. Made it about 75 pages in and gave up. The main heroine was really boring and the book seemed ultra conservative and a bit too preachy for me.
Lisa
An exciting remake of Austen's Mansfield Park. Lots of fun.
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Christina Dudley is the author of novels The Beresfords, Everliving, Mourning Becomes Cassandra and MBC's sequel The Littlest Doubts, as well as Zola-award-winning children's picture book Mia and the Magic Cupcakes. Her latest venture is a series of traditional Regency romances called The Hapgoods of Bramleigh, of which THE NATURALIST is the first and A VERY PLAIN YOUNG MAN the second.

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Mourning Becomes Cassandra Everliving The Littlest Doubts The Naturalist (The Hapgoods of Bramleigh, #1) A Very Plain Young Man (The Hapgoods of Bramleigh, #2)

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