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Mansfield Ranch

(The Jane Austen Diaries #5)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  600 ratings  ·  75 reviews
All Lilly Price had ever known was living in the shadow of her widely successful adoptive family. Until a twist of fate dealt Lilly the hand of the most popular guy in Bloomfield--instantly, everything flipped upside down. Now she must choose between the unavailable love of her life--or the guy who promises to be available forever.
Nook, 210 pages
Published December 25th 2013 by Trifecta Books (first published December 22nd 2013)
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Norah Una Sumner
A great example of how a rushed and corny ending can destroy a book.

I really wanted to like this story,I really did...but I just couldn't. The main character is great,I liked her a lot,but everyone else?Nah.Sean is really creepy,one day he's all like ''oh let's make out sistah'' and the other day he's like ''I don't think this will work out,I'll go and seduce Juliet now''.


And then there's Harrison.I actually liked him a lot,but the author presented him in a nice way in one moment,and then the ne
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I am celebrating the bicentenary of Mansfield Park by trying to work in some Mansfield Park themed reads. This isn’t the first young adult version I’ve read; a while ago I read Rosie Rushton’s Whatever Love Is, which I thought was wonderful read and tied back really nicely to Mansfield Park. I would say Mansfield Ranch by Jenni James is aimed at a slightly younger audience. The heroine is only 16
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Jenni James and I are tight. Okay, so she has no clue who I am but I like to think we are tight because her books always speak to me. I will be honest and say that I have never read Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, so I really didn't know what I was getting myself into with this remake. For some odd reason, I just couldn't fall in love with it. Again it might of had something to do with the fact that I didn't know the original story, but I just thought it wasn't up to the same caliber as her other ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. These stories just get better and better. This is book #5 of The Jane Austen Diaries. Skipped over #4 but will go back to it as soon as I get it from the library. Although the books are intertwined, they work just fine as stand alones.

This authors writing improves with each book. The depth of the story and the characters are great. I loved this story of a young Native American girl who is fostered by a Native American family. She struggles with it also involves over-inflated egos and typic
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I was really curious about what the author would do with this one. I never made it through the original Mansfield Park nor did I like the movie adaptation either. I guess I have never been able to overlook the ickyness of the main characters being related. In the original they are first cousins who were practically raised as siblings. I did appreciate that in this version they were not blood related, but they have spent the past eight years being raised as brother and sister and I again could no ...more
Katie W
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I know this is a modern version of Mansfield Park, yet I also got the feeling that Cinderella was lurking in the story. I haven't ever read the "real" version, much to my surprise, so I'm not sure how much of it follows along with the true storyline, however, even just from reading the synopsis, I could see definite parallels.

I really enjoyed was Lilly's character. She is feisty, speaks her mind, and tries so hard to be good, yet she cannot stand up for herself when it really matters. Her foster
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, romance
I have to confess, I don't really remember Mansfield Park too much. I haven't read it, and I remember seeing the movie a long time ago, but can't remember the story too much.

This one was just ok-likable for me. It kept my interest but Harrison was just (view spoiler)
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great addition to Jenni James' Jane Austen series. Mansfield Ranch is a modern retelling of Mansfield Park. Lilly Price is taken in by another family through the foster care system. Eight years later, Lily knows her family isn't the perfect accepting family she imagined, but she has a best friend in her foster brother, Sean. And then the Crawford family moves next door. Suddenly Sean is spending time with the beautiful Julia, and Harrison, who was originally a jerk, is now pursuing Lilly ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's been a while since I've read Mansfield Park but I could have sworn that the Mansfield Park version of Harrison was less infatuated with Fanny than Harrison was with Lilly. I don't really know how I feel about this book. I don't think it's as good as some of the others I've read but it's also not necessarily the worst. I felt like Lilly was way too dramatic all the time and I just don't remember Fanny being that intolerable.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-books-i-own
This book wasn't my favorite of hers. It was still a fun read, but I admit it was a bit weird to me. Probably because I have an adoptive brother, and I'm like yeah no. But it's still clean, and an easy read.
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
If you haven't read Jane Austen's Mansfield Park or the previous books in the Jane Austen Diaries series, this review might contain some spoilers.

After reading the rest of the series in March 2013, I became a big fan of Jenni James's Jane Austen contemporary retellings. I waited impatiently for 9 months for Mansfield Ranch wondering how she would fit Mansfield Park into the series. And when it was finally released, I reread the previous books in chronological order (I waited on Northanger Alibi
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-clubs, 2019
A fun retelling. I think I enjoyed it more than the original.
I did find the spacing errors in my edition to be very distracting. Which was very unfortunate.
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Mansfield Ranch by Jenni James

I really love these books by Jenni James. The characters are sweet and the plots are clean and absorbing. I get lost in them every time
One of the better ones in the series. They’re all quite cheesy but this one was sweet. My 12 year old is reading these books too. It’s been fun to chat with her about them.
Something about this book made me weepy and glassy eyed. I was just too connected with this character. Wonderful.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: austen
I have mixed feelings about this one. It's a retelling of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and I felt like she changed the characters a bit too much. The character I wasn't supposed to like, Harrison, I found myself rooting for. He came across like a better match stating about how she deserved better and willingly making an effort. I know that he turned out to be a cad, but, for majority of the book, most things were inside Lilly Price's head. She was the one saying how people don't change and how ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I think I started crying at the first chapter and didn't stop until the end. This story reminded me of Kelly Oram's Cinder and Ella, in that the girl in this story feels used and unloved. Lots of drama in this story. I really enjoyed the storyline though. It is very well written. Good story.
Ritika Chhabra
So this was another of THE JANE AUSTEN DIARIES. My second favorite so far of the series (the first being Pride and Popularity of course!) I think I never expected the story to end the way it did. And damn, Harrison Crawford was such an arsehole. I won't say that I loved-loved the book. Well, just that it was better than I expected. I mean, of course partly the story was a surprise at how James had edited and re-told the original story to create such a beautiful one. I do expect on reading more r ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love The Jane Austen Diaries series. I was interested in seeing how Fanny Price from Austen’s world would transform into today’s world. I instantly liked Lilly Price. Lilly stands up for herself and she doesn't mind being different. As a foster child she feels lucky to be part of the rich Benally family. They treat her poorly - Especially her foster sisters who make her feel inferior. Sean, her foster brother is the only friend she has and Lilly can’t help falling for him. (Don’t gr ...more
Amariah Dixon
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jenni James does a really good job making you feel for her characters. I felt bad for Lilly and what she had to go through with her foster family (aside from Sean, that is). He is a well-intending, (slightly annoying), funny, true individual. Harrison on the other hand (the guy Sean originally tries to set Lilly up with) is . . . I'll go ahead and put it bluntly--a nut-job. I wanted to punch him so many times. I got frustrated with Lilly's foster sisters and sometimes even wanted to slap them an ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
So this is a modern re-telling of the classic Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. In this story, a girl who is put in the foster system and is staying with a family named the Benally's. It's the not most ideal situation but it's ok. New neighbors move in along with a boy who becomes obsessed with her. She is also starting to notice that her foster brother Sean is actually quite more handsome then she realized.
Now I have loved this series. I have loved Jane Austen since I was younger and I got excited
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-worth-it
Mansfield ranch is an adaption to Mansfield park of Jane Austen, set in modern day reservations with big rural settings.
Jane Austen is a maestro, still, I'm not a crazy fan of Mansfield park like I am of pride and prejudice. Gorgeous book that one. Now Mansfield park is cute like most of the books in the Jane Austen Diaries. Still, it gets creepy sometimes and at times it just becomes stupid. I don't like Indian soap opera storylines where two people love each other but can't be together just c
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! I listened to an audio book of Jane Austin's "Mansfield Park" in the car while driving home from vacation a few weeks ago. I had read it before, a long time ago. I enjoyed it, but was somewhat disappointed that more time wasn't given at the end of the story to tell about Fanny and Edmund. After completing that story, I decided it was time to read Mansfield Ranch. It has been on my to read list for some time. I loved the other books in this series. I have to say the ti ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I don't quite know how to feel about this book. I just read another adaptation of Mansfield Park and in it, the heroine ends up (view spoiler) ...more
Sydney Jackson
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
HOly COW!!! Another amazing book Jenni James added into the Jane Austen Diaries. So, I usually have a not good attitude towards female protagonists in books. I usually hate them all, but I usually love the books. But, I have to say that I love Lilly in this book. James did an amazing job at making her a strong and smart girl.

This book is about a girl, Lilly, who is fostered by a millionaire family in Bloomfield, NM. You follow her as she struggles with fitting in at school, at home, and learning
Lisa Rector
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen, quick-read
Adorable teen read.

I cringe when I find out the free download I picked up is a total teen read, complete with teen language and attitude. But I found this novel entertaining. It is a simple, quick read and the main protagonist is a snarky, but likable character. I enjoyed the dynamics between Lilly Price and Sean and Harrison. Halfway through the novel I was even rooting for the villain. But the novel was pretty true to the Mansfield Park novel by Austen, so I knew there was no hope. I felt the
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The fifth book in The Jane Austen Diaries, Mansfield Ranch by author Jenni James is yet another fun spin-off the Jane Austen novel, Mansfield Park. This is a fun, light novel for teens looking for an entertaining quick-read. I would recommend this novel to young readers who are interested in cute romance stories.

Series: The Jane Austen Diaries
Genre: contemporary; romance; young adult
Publisher: Trifecta Books
Publication date: December 22, 2014
Number of pages: 210
Age: 11+
Grade level: 6th+

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Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Alright I have watched Mansfield Park before and still feel traumatized by watching that movie. I did actually like the story even though the brother sister thing is definitely gross. Yes she might have been raised kind of like a Cinderella type figure in this home but it is still kind of gross. I wanted to know what the foster parents thought. Would they allow them to live under the same roof? I don't know but I liked the writing and still found the story cute. I will definitely have to check o ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
I know that Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen's less popular books. I think Jenni James did a good job of making Lilly (Fanny) Price a more interesting character. She also did a good job of finding a modern location that made sense for the adaptation. However, the ending of the original left me wanting in the ending of the adaptation. The consequences of the character's actions seemed fairly benign.

This book was cute, and I liked it well enough that I will likely try other works of James but
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This book captures you from the very first page and keeps you reading until it is finished...

And even then you will want MORE!

LOVE the twists!
LOVE the love triangles!
LOVE this story!

Lilly is so excited to live with her foster family...

BUT that was 8 years ago...

Now she feels like an outsider!

See what happens when the most popular guy in Bloomfield starts paying attention to her and the guy she really wants is trying his hardest to like someone else....

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