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Seeking Mansfield

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Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend, the Bertram's son Oliver. If she could just take Oliver's constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she'd finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater.

When teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move next door to the Bertram's, they immediately set their sights on Oliver and his cunning sister, Juliette, shaking up Finley and Oliver's stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Harlan finds his attention shifting from Juliette to the quiet, enigmatic, and thoroughly unimpressed Finley. Out of boredom, Harlan decides to make her fall in love with him. Problem is, the harder he seeks to win her, the harder he falls for her.

But Finley doesn't want to be won, and she doesn't want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver's heart—and keep her own—she'll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight.

300 pages, Paperback

First published May 1, 2017

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Kate Watson

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Kate Watson is a fan of cheeky romantic comedies and delightfully witty banter. Originally from Canada, she attended college in the States and holds a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. A lover of travel, speaking in accents, and experiencing new cultures, she has also lived in Israel, Brazil, the American South, and she now calls Arizona home.

She started writing at six years old and sold her first book, "The Heart People," for $0.25 to her parents. It received rave reviews. Since then, she's written many books, including the acclaimed Off Script, a 2020 Junior Library Guild selection. She writes stories full of heart, humor, and happily-ever-afters.

She is currently living her own happily-ever-after with her super cute husband and their four wild and wonderful kids. She runs on caffeine, swoons, and Jesus.

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Author 5 books122 followers
January 6, 2017
Spoiler alert: I LOVED THIS BOOK. I wrote this book, so believe me, I know.

Also, there are no real spoilers in this review. But if there were, they'd be charming and witty and you'd be so excited, I bet.
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Author 1 book168 followers
December 29, 2016
Guys, you need this book in your life. A lot of people think Mansfield Park is one of Austen's more lowkey, unobtrusive books--but Watson finds the charming core of that book and turns it into her own in a hilarious, romantic, and awesome retelling. You will love Finley. And Harlan. And everyone.
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Author 9 books659 followers
February 13, 2017
I'm a sucker for Jane Austen retellings (even the bad ones), so as soon as I heard the premise for Seeking Mansfield, I wanted to read it. Mansfield Park is a tricky adaptation in any case--Fanny Price is one of Austen's quieter heroines, and I'm never entirely comfortable with the pygmalion vibes I get from the way Edmund Bertram takes pride in shaping Fanny's tastes.

In Seeking Mansfield, Kate Watson brilliantly updates Austen's classic for a modern audience and improves on the creepy vibe from the original. Finley Price is quiet and determined and content to stay out of the limelight, like Fanny Price, but many of the similarities end there. Finley pursues her love of theater while caring for her adopted aunt. She knows her own mind. She's strong and spunky.

And in love with her foster brother, Oliver Bertram. She's content to savor their best friend relationship--until two of Hollywood's hottest new stars, Harlan Crawford and his sister Emma, move in nearby. Suddenly, Finley finds Emma pursuing a not-reluctant-enough Oliver and Harlan is increasingly interested in her. If Finley wants to claim what she really wants, she has to step out of the shadows and claim the spotlight for once.

I thought the characters were smart and fun and I loved the tricky relationships--Finley and Oliver, Oliver and Emma, Harlan and Finley. I'm not a fan of love triangles unless they're well done, and this one was (though technically, it's more of a love-square) particularly believable in the different evolutions. A fun, romantic, thoughtful read.
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1,078 reviews636 followers
October 11, 2020

Many people consider Mansfield Park one of Austen's weakest books solely because of the female protagonist, Fanny Price. Fanny is seen as a weak and meek character, who lacks the spunk and gumption of Austen's other heroines. Well, the people who feel that way will love Finley in this story!

👍 What I Liked 👍

Finley: At the begging of this story, Finley is meek and reserved. She hides away and displays nothing but gratitude for everything handed to her. But over the course of the story she goes through a great transformation and such a great character arc, ending up strong, confident and ready to plot her own course in life!

Harlan: In the original Mansfield Park, Henry Crawford is the villain, the blackguard of the story. In this story that character's name is Harlan, and while is certainly not a saint in any way, I actually... kind of liked him? He was surprisingly vulnerable and romantic. It was a nice and surprising twist and I had not seen coming.

Theater: I am a sucker for theater! I try to go as often as I can. The fact that Finley is also a big theater (and movie) enthusiast made her very real to me. And it was a nice way of twisting the theatrical from the original story into something new.

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Author 8 books261 followers
July 20, 2016
1. Do you like theatre? (Go to #2)

2. Do you like love stories/love triangles? (Go to #3)

3. Do you like marvelous combinations of the two in a gorgeously swoon-worthy YA package? Well, you're in luck!

I think you can tell by now that I thoroughly enjoyed Seeking Mansfield. I'm going to go ahead and admit at the forefront that I've never read Jane Austen. I know. Really, I know. That's craziness, and will have to be remedied at some point - but in no way did this lessen my reading experience. Because there are still lines like "Laying it on thicker than the butter on Brando's abs" and there is KISSING GALORE.

And I mean, kissing like:

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So, yeah.

Finley is so easy to root for, and Oliver... oh my, Oliver. Let's just say that you'll find out. :)

And the last line! The last line is PERFECTION.

Basically what I'm saying is that you should add this to your TBR pile.
5 reviews1 follower
March 20, 2016
I beta read an early copy of this and was surprised by how much I liked it. Kate's writing was easy to get into, and even though Young Adult isn't my thing, I found her characters likably flawed and complex, and the story was one I wanted to finish. Great book.
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Author 3 books398 followers
February 12, 2017
If you love Austen (as I do) and slow-burning romances (as I do), then you will love this book (as I did!) The word "charming" was invented to describe SEEKING MANSFIELD. A clever, sweet retelling peppered with pop culture, Shakespeare, and--of course--Austen references. Really enjoyed this one!
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Author 3 books184 followers
February 11, 2017
It's taken me a while to write this review because every time I've thought about SEEKING MANSFIELD, I've spiraled into deep contemplation over my feelings about love triangles. (Not joking. True fact.) Because I don't like love triangles. (I know, I know, blasphemy.) So why, then, did I adore the love triangle (more of a love square, really) in this book?!?

In SEEKING MANSFIELD, Finley Price is living with her best friend Oliver and his family, because her Hollywood actor dad is dead and her abusive, alcoholic mother is in jail. Finley and Oliver are, of course, each secretly in love with each other. But then famous actor siblings Emma and Harlan move in across the street, and of course, Emma starts flirting with Oliver, and Harlan starts flirting with Finley, and hello complicated love square that I should have been rolling my eyes about but instead was completely invested in. Sometimes I was cheering for Finley and Oliver, sometimes for Finley and Harlan, sometimes for Emma and Oliver.

Here's the thing about this love square: it wasn't the result of the usual indecisive character who leads two different people on because how could she possibly choose between them when she can't even decide what cereal to eat for breakfast! (I warned you love triangles aren't my thing.)

This love triangle/square wasn't about indecisiveness at all, but about how people change and grow, and how their relationships and the things they need from others can change and grow right along with them--or not. And I loved it.

SEEKING MANSFIELD was a delight from start to finish, full of humour and wit, lovable characters, and heart. I definitely recommend it.
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357 reviews126 followers
October 1, 2019
Did Seeking Mansfield Just Out Swoon Mansfield Park?!

The answer is YYYAAASSS!!!! I am, admittedly, a huge Austenite, but Kate Watson made me fall in love with Bertram and Crawford even more than Jane Austen herself did. Which if you haven't read Mansfield Park yet, that is SERIOUSLY saying something. This book was a true pleasure from beginning to end, and I absolutely loved it.


*Warning! This review may contain spoilers if you have not yet read Mansfield Park*

I read a lot, A LOT of Austen retellings. I'll admit that I've got a bit of an Austen addiction. There are a lot of great adaptations of Austen's work out there, but this one is truly something special. It not only stays true to the original text, it IMPROVES upon it. Yes. I said it. JASNA is probably considering revoking my membership this very second, but I dare them to read this book and tell me that I'm wrong.

So let's talk about what Watson does better than Austen. There are two chief criticisms that Mansfield Park typically receives. First, that Fanny Price is a weak leading lady. And second, that Edmund Bertram is overly protective of her, telling her what to do and treating her like a damsel in distress.

Instead of repeating those same "mistakes" in Seeking Mansfield, Watson has created brilliant character arcs for both Finley and Oliver that break them out of those molds and make them appealing to a 21st century audience.

As I previously mentioned Watson also made me fall in love with both Crawford and Bertram in a way that Austen just couldn't in Mansfield Park. Watson does a much better job of showing that people are not just good or bad, that we're all complex, and she develops her characters accordingly. Because of that, I was legitimately rooting for Crawford for a big section of this book, which I never would have guessed going in.

If you're familiar with Mansfield Park, you'll be able to guess the major plot points here, but it's the way that Watson takes us from point A to point B that is just so completely enthralling. She also has some wonderful nods to the original Mansfield story that will be so much fun for fans of Austen's work to discover.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Flux Books for granting me this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I really like this cover. The color scheme is lovely and I love that they included the theater in the background, since it's such a critical part of Finley's development and history.

So much swoon in this story. I am still absolutely blown away by Watson's ability to make me fall in love with both of the leading men in this story. She makes them so much more complex and relatable and even gives us a glimpse into Bertram's POV, which just made me love them both all the more. Watson truly nailed the romance element in this retelling.
16 reviews
March 22, 2016
I read an earlier draft of this book and devoured it! Even with 3 small children clamoring for my attention I couldn't put it down! As an avid YA reader and devoted Jane Austen fan I can say with assurance that this is a fun, delightful book! The characters are well developed and the storyline is well paced.
Can't wait to read this book in all of it's published glory!
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773 reviews551 followers
May 13, 2017
Rating : 3.75 stars
what is it with me and the .75 stars ??

Mansfield Park is probably one of my least favorite books of Jane Austen. I liked it, but Mansfield Park lacked a heroine like Emma or Lizzie. Fanny Price was dull, irritating and invisible.

Finley Price was not.

Seeking Mansfield is about Finley and Oliver as they grow up and find each other. It's about this shy and selfless girl who thinks she's not worth anything, and how she will manage to find her own way, love and happiness. It was a heart-warming story, and I would definitely recommend it !

Complete review to come later, nearer the publication date !
if I don’t forget…
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892 reviews313 followers
July 25, 2017
One of The Best YA Jane Austen Adaptations I’ve Read!

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern, Young Adult retelling of Mansfield Park

SETTING: Present-day Chicago


Finley Price: A shy sixteen-year-old with a broken home life. Is very grateful for her godparents, the Bertrams, who have taken care of her these last two years.
Oliver Bertram: Eighteen-year-old second son of Finley’s godparents. Her closest friend and fiercest protector.
Harlan Crawford: Popular movie star who acts like an insincere and cocky jerk, but maybe there is more to him than meets the eye.

Even though she has spent the last two years with her godparents (a much better situation than with her mom), Finley still is finding it hard to stand up for herself and feel worthy. But there is one person who has always been there for her and sees her as more than worthy, her best friend, Oliver. Oliver is starting to feel something stronger than friendship for Finley, but he is afraid to act on it. Thinking it would betray Finley’s trust in him and take advantage of her situation. But what happens when two famous movie actors move in next door???


– Brilliantly Updated: Whoa! This is a wonderfully inventive and thoughtful update for Mansfield Park! There were many nods and allusions to Mansfield Park, but the Kate Watson didn’t constrict herself to following the story in every aspect and character. She found creative and clever ways to fit the constructs and essence of Jane Austen’s story into her story, time period, and setting. I loved so many of the changes she made – such as Mrs. Bertram (Lady Bertram) having Fibromyalgia and Aunt Norris having political ambitions for Mr. Bertram. But what I loved most about all her updates is how perfectly they made sense in the world of Mansfield Park.

– She Tweaked Edmund Bertram!: Instead of being a blind dunce and always seeing Finley as a friend (or worse, as a sister!), Oliver is very much aware of his feelings for Finley. And when famous movie star, Emma Crawford, starts flirting up a storm with him, he isn’t completely under her spell (like spineless Edmund is!) He just feels he should see where things go with Emma since he believes Finley doesn’t reciprocate his feelings. Three cheers to Ms. Watson for this terrific reincarnation of Edmund! I loved that the author would switch to Oliver’s point-of-view every so often to illustrate his feelings and thoughts. It revealed a lot about his character and his internal struggles. Plus, it was a refreshing to see someone else tortured with unreciprocated feelings, jealousy, and doubt for a change!

– Finley: As a shy-girl myself, I feel a lot of affinity and empathy for Jane Austen’s quiet and timid heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed Kate Watson’s reincarnation of Fanny, and thought it was brilliant that the reason Finley “shrinks from notice” isn’t because of feeling mistreated and undervalued by the Bertrams, but because of her own demons and painful childhood. I greatly admired how Ms. Watson focused on this as an obstacle for Finley to overcome. In addition, I loved that Finley was passionate about theatre as it fleshed her character out more and gave her an outlet.

– Everything Else: I loved the complexity to Henry (Harlan) Crawford character, thought the themes of morality and choosing your own path were dealt with skillfully, and had fun catching all the movie and play references. (yay for Princess Bride quotes!)


Bah! There may have been a moment or two that made me raise an eyebrow, but this is a Young Adult read and I loved everything else about it too much to be bothered with them!


Kate Watson makes a spectacular debut with her discerning, delightful, and well-crafted homage to Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. I loved that this wasn’t just a light-hearted teen romance filled with melodrama angst and insta-love. There were unique twists, complicated characters, romantic tension, depth, substance, and growth. Definitely a book I would recommend to Young Adult readers and Austen admirers alike!

*Never been a fan of Mansfield Park, Fanny, or Edmund? I think you should give this book a try as well!

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922 reviews38 followers
May 21, 2017
First, a huge thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of a book that basically killed me dead with all the feels.

Second, do you like angsty swoon? Like ALL THE ANGSTY SWOON? Then this book is for you!! I can't even properly describe the amount of feels I had while reading this book.

I'll write more when I read a properly published version (oh you bet I'll be buying a fancy published copy of this book and rereading it fortnightly).

Kate Watson, you're my hero.

EDIT: It's finally here! And of course I had to read the official version, even though I read the arc three months ago. I have a feeling I'll be rereading it at least one more time before this calendar year is up, as that's how I roll. It's still wonderful and swoony and makes me oh so happy.
98 reviews2 followers
August 17, 2016
I beta read an early version of this book and it was wonderful. Can't wait for it to be released!
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1,356 reviews99 followers
May 9, 2017
I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Seeking Mansfield will be available 5/16/17.

I love a good Jane Austen re-telling and I haven’t read any based on Mansfield Park, so picking this book up was a no brainer. It’s been such a long time since I read Mansfield Park that I can’t really comment on how faithful it is to the source material. I do know that the basic structure of it is similar and reading this made me really want to go back and re-read Mansfield Park.

I really liked both Finley and Oliver. I loved their friendship and how they always supported each other. I loved the slow burn romance between them, too. We get both of their POVs throughout the story. Normally when we get dual POVs and find out that both characters have feelings for each other that they think are unrequited it drives me crazy. It often takes away a lot of the tension. However, I really enjoyed getting both perspectives here. I think that I could have ended up disliking Oliver a bit without his thought process of how he was justifying his actions. Instead I thought he was pretty adorable, even if he frustrated me at times.

I loved “uncle” Thomas and how the parents in this book were present. There were consequences for bad behavior and guidance when needed. I thought the other side characters – Harlan and Emma Crawford (Hollywood actors and new neighbors) and Tate and Juliette (Oliver’s brother and sister) were all fairly well developed, though I would’ve liked a little more of Oliver’s siblings. From what I remember of the Crawfords from Mansfield Park I thought Harlan and Emma were really well done, though maybe a little more likable here (but don’t worry, not that likable).

I thought the writing was kind of addictive. Even though it was a pretty character-driven plot and the pace was a little on the slow side, I just didn’t want to stop reading it. My only real complaint is that it got a little too teen-angsty for me at times.

Overall, I really enjoying Seeking Mansfield. I liked the characters and the romance and the message of self-worth and standing up for yourself. It was an easy and addicting read. Though I thought the middle of the story dragged a little bit with too much teen angst, it did pick back up and I really enjoyed it. I think fans of Mansfield Park would be happy to read this re-telling, as would YA Contemporary fans.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars
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2,711 reviews703 followers
May 18, 2017
I was quite excited for this book. I loved the synopsis and the hint at BFF to more. Sadly I was either bored or annoyed while reading.

Finley is a decent enough character. She has a traumatic past and that definitely plays into her actions. It was nice to see her grow and branch out and find her voice. Oliver definitely had potential, but I was irritated by his inner monologue and how most of his decisions are based on what he thinks Finley means. Harley and Emma and Juliette were clichéd spoiled brats who demanded things constantly go their way or pouting/temper tantrums would ensue.

Plot wise, it was a lot a lot a lot of miscommunication and reading way too much into glances or outfit choices and the like. I struggled to care because it felt like if there would have been just a hint of honesty, some of the drama would have been avoided.

I kept reading because I wanted to see how it all worked out, but i probably should have DNF'd. I doubt I'll be reading the next book.

**Huge thanks to Flux for providing the arc free of charge**
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244 reviews39 followers
June 1, 2017
full review up here!

I absolutely love Mansfield Park, it is one of my favorite Austen novels, so when I saw this, I immediately knew I had to have it! I'm so pleased I got to read it a smidge early, and let me tell you guys, it did not disappoint! I thought it perfectly updated Mansfield Park for a modern audience, taking out some of the pricklier parts of the original and really amping up the swoon factor. That being said, you absolutely do not have to have read or even be familiar with Austen's book to fall in love with this one! It is perfectly adorable and amazing on its own. I had such a great time with this one, it was swoony and cute and filled with great characters, I just really think you need it in your life.
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323 reviews1,797 followers
September 30, 2017
Un remake del clásico de Jane Austen, pero con muchas variantes. Tenía demasiado en mente lo que sucedía en el clásico, y esperaba esos sucesos, pero aunque la idea es la misma, hay muchos rasgos y hechos que no ocurren y otros que son nuevos. Me ha gustado como está explicado, como vamos conociendo los sentimientos y pensamientos de los personajes a través de cada capítulo, como un pasado oscuro atormenta a la protagonista y el cambio Tan grande que se genera en ella a lo largo de la novela. Me ha tenido enganchada, todos los ratos libres que tenía para leer, los aprovechaba. Personajes entrañables y con una clara evolución. No es una historia sorprendente, tiene muchos tópicos, pero los ha sabido utilizar bien. Sin duda he disfrutado mucho.
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Author 3 books234 followers
March 6, 2017
Austen retelling plus theater - I've waited months for this book and can count myself among the lucky early readers. I rather like Austen's Mansfield Park, and Watson puts a fantastic contemporary spin on the story. Even if you've never read a word of Austen, you'll fall for Finley, her world, and everyone in it.
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Author 5 books415 followers
April 24, 2017
Because I love Jane Austen so much, I’m picky about my retellings. But, I’m happy to report that SEEKING MANSFIELD did a beautiful job of capturing everything that’s charming and wonderful about MANSFIELD PARK while updating it for a modern audience. (I actually prefer Finley to the original heroine—don’t tell Austen.)

This book was everything I could have hoped for---swoony, funny, well-paced. And I loved how Watson wrote each character with enormous compassion. She did a beautiful job populating the book with well-rounded, flawed, complex people. A wonderful debut! I can’t wait to read more from this talented author!
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Author 2 books52 followers
February 23, 2017
A retelling worthy of Miss Austen.

Finley Price has two loves: the theater and her adopted family. When teen movie stars, Emma and Harlan Crawford, move across the street for the summer, Finley's quiet life suddenly gets a lot more complicated. As Emma flirts with Oliver, Finley must decide if her friendship with Oliver, who's like a brother, is more than that, or if she really is falling for Harlan's charm. When tragedy strikes the family, Finley must decide if she's ready to confront her demons and find her own voice, or stay backstage forever.

There was so much to love about this charming book! Finley's love of theater is contagious! The movie references, debate about which play to choose, and scenes at the theater are so compelling and well done. There is a large cast of characters, but they all felt unique and well defined. Finley is so relatable; her challenges will pull at your heart, but her strength and grace keep you cheering for her. I couldn't help but get caught up in Harlan's charm, or fall completely for Oliver. The heart of this novel is its family relationships, and Watson does a beautiful job of showing the messy complexity of family and how much we sacrifice for the ones we love, but how ultimately rewarding those relationships can be.

Whether you love Austen or not, SEEKING MANSFIELD will keep you turning pages and leave you wanting more from this talented author.
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906 reviews96 followers
April 26, 2017
pooled ink Reviews:

If I’m honest, this book was much…more than I expected. It elapsed over more time, delved into more characters, tackled more issues, was written with more life, and was simply…more. I loved it.

Seeking Mansfield is an expertly crafted work full of romance, family, and life’s tough throws. But what makes this book stand particularly high on the scale is its unwavering and undeniable grounding in reality. From complex characters to twisting plot lines, this story is one that will captivate you with both its enchanting reaches and its gritty roots.

Choosing Mansfield Park as inspiration for writing a contemporary adaptation of a classic is an interesting and refreshing choice. It’s far less overdone than some of Austen’s other works, namely the beloved Pride and Prejudice.

This was a cute romance indeed but it never failed to feel real. Alongside humor and tangled romantic webs worthy of Shakespeare, there were plenty dark realities explored within the story. Divorce, death, fame, disease, guilt, addiction, abuse,… It made this book more than mere fluff. It was charming with just the right amount of grit to make it feel grounded and realistic. And it’s not too much. It doesn’t overshadow the cute moments or the romance that is the thriving current of the plot.

Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2017/04/26/seek...
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463 reviews109 followers
June 30, 2019
Como ejercicio de adaptación a nuestra era del libro Mansfield Park de Jane Austen es interesante pero para mi no funciona, se me hizo aburrido y creo que los personajes tampoco se parecen tanto a los de Jane... es curioso sin mas.
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370 reviews78 followers
March 1, 2018
Al encuentro de Mansfield es una versión moderna (retelling) del clásico de Jane Austen Mansfield Park. Debo reconocer que, aún teniendo el libro de Jane Austen esperando en mi estantería, no lo he leído todavía, así que todas las referencias que tengo de esta obra es a través de sus adaptaciones cinematográficas y televisivas, aún así considero que Kate Watson ha hecho un buen retelling bastante apegado a la historia original y que hará llegar el clásico a las nuevas generaciones de una manera más actual en que lo puedan entender mejor en esta novela de corte juvenil-Young Adult.

Finley Price es una joven de dieciséis años que al quedar huérfana ha sido acogida por la familia Bertram, compuesta por Thomas, el mejor amigo de su padre y su tutor, un gran abogado que dedica mucho tiempo a su trabajo y poco a su familia, su esposa Mariah, una mujer muy dulce que padece fibromialgia por lo que está continuamente enferma y necesita cuidados, Tate el hijo mayor que estudia en la universidad y ocasionalmente ayuda a su padre en su bufete, Juliette una chica superficial a la que solo le preocupan la posición social y las apariencias, y Oliver el mejor amigo y mayor apoyo de Finley, del que está secretamente enamorada.

La llegada de los hermanos Crawford a la casa vecina podrá la vida de Fin y los Bertram patas arriba.

Harlan y Emma Crawford son los actores juveniles del momento, sobre todo Harlan que está en un punto algido en su carrera. Ante el inminente divorcio de sus padres y huyendo de la atención mediática, se trasladan a Chicago. Junto a sus tíos se instalaran en Mansfield Square, junto a la casa de los Bertram.

Finley es una joven que ama el teatro, su padre, el famoso actor Gabriel Price, le inculcó su amor por él y su sueño es entrar en la escuela del teatro Mansfield y convertirse en la mejor directora de la historia. Pero Fin es tímida e insegura y le gusta pasar desapercibida y no está segura de que enviar la solicitud y marcharse sea una buena forma de agradecer a los Bertram todo lo que han hecho por ella. Se siente profundamente en deuda con la que ahora siente como a su familia, cosa que Nora, la tía de los hermanos Bertram no para de recordarle, por lo que dedica su escaso tiempo libre a cuidar de su tía y hacer lo que la familia necesite de ella. Es una joven que no se queja de nada, ni siquiera tiene ropa propia pues todo lo que posee es heredado de Juliette la cual la trata con prepotencia e intenta humillarla y fastidiarla cada vez que tiene oportunidad.

Por su parte Oliver, anima a Finley y la apoya en todo para conseguir sacarla de su cascarón, cosa que no termina de conseguir. Ambos están enamorados el uno del otro, sin saberlo. La llegada de los Crawford hace que Oliver se vea arrastrado hacia Emma.

Al comienzo Finley detesta a Harlan, pero con el tiempo y el trato irá conociéndolo hasta acercarse más a él. La relación de Finley con Harlan la ayudará a salir del capullo donde estaba metida, poco a poco se sentirá más segura de sí misma, irá experimentando las relaciones sociales que hasta el momento se había negado y se volverá más popular en el instituto y la hará darse cuenta de que no tiene que dejarse pisotear por nadie y de lo que ella vale, lo que la ayudará a ir superando poco a poco todos su miedos.

En Al encuentro de Mansfield podemos encontrar el círculo amoroso formado por Emma-Oliver-Finley-Harlan, aunque Oliver y Finley intentarán mantenerse apartados uno del otro al pensar que sus sentimientos no son correspondidos.

La evolución del personaje de Finley es notable durante el transcurso de la historia. Al comienzo nos encontraremos con una chica insegura, pero poco a poco veremos como va ganando confianza en sí misma.

En cuanto a personajes secundarios debo destacar a Nora la cual he odiado con todas mis fuerzas, es uno de los personajes más dañinos y odiosos que he conocido en la literatura. En cuanto a los Crawford, no creo que en realidad sean malos chicos, solo unos chicos que se han criado de una manera distinta y con unos valores morales bastante equivocados y más deficientes que los que Finley y Oliver tienen, lo que les hace tomar decisiones erróneas. Realmente he llegado a sentir mucha pena por Harlan, creo que quería a Finley a su manera, y el haberse criado como lo ha hecho le ha impedido hacer las cosas bien.

El libro está dividido en treinta capítulos. La narración es en tercera persona, aunque en cada párrafo con una letra nos vendrá indicado al personaje en el que se va a centrar, F-Finley, O-Oliver o H-Harlan. Al ser un retelling de una obra tan conocida ya puedes imaginar por donde van a ir los tiros, si la has leído o visto alguna de sus adaptaciones con anterioridad.

En definitiva una historia que rescata el clásico de Austen para hacerlo llegar hasta el público juvenil, y nos cuenta una historia tierna, llena de emociones, con momentos tristes y felices, con algo de drama y también momentos divertidos, que te mantendrá pegado a sus páginas.

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Author 2 books102 followers
March 10, 2017
Kate Watson’s sparkling YA romance, SEEKING MANSFIELD—a riff on Jane Austen’s 1814 novel, Mansfield Park— centers on 16-year-old Finley Price, the theater-obsessed daughter of deceased movie star Gabriel Price, who is sent to live with her godparents, the Bertrams, after her father’s death. While in the care of the Bertram family, Finley meets teen heartthrob Harlan Crawford and his movie-star sister, Emma. Emma soon falls for Finley’s BFF Oliver Bertram, much to Finley’s dismay. Although Finley has never expressed her feelings for Oliver, she knows she cares for him deeply. What she doesn’t know is that the feeling is mutual. Later, when Harlan Crawford expresses his feelings for Finley, she has to make a choice: Does she continue to pine for Oliver—or embark on a romance with Harlan? A delightful and satisfying YA debut!
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101 reviews26 followers
February 6, 2017
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was a great quick read. It definitely pulled me out of a reading slump. The characters develop and grow throughout the book and it intertwines so many other issues into a love story. I felt my self invested in this book and can't wait to see more from this author!
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975 reviews141 followers
May 24, 2017
Lo dicho una remake moderno de Mansfiled park en version NA.....

No esta mal para que las nuevas generaciones conozcan mas a Jane Austen y su obra pero no os lleveis sorpresa con el libro o su contenido:)
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557 reviews26 followers
April 24, 2017
Oh my gosh. I cannot gush enough about this book (but I will on the blog soon, I promise!). I loved Finley. I loved seeing her grow and come into her own and see her take ownership of herself and her life. I think she is an excellent example of how some of the worst life situations can make us better people, stronger people. I loved that this love triangle made sense and had me, as a reader, all confused. I loved Oliver even though he made me angry at times, because seriously man own up to what you want. I also loved how this depicted a family that took someone in. I can't imagine it's easy to make someone who is an outsider (technically) feel like they belong, but this family took a scared and hurt young woman in and gave her the best life they could. I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for you all to read it soon!
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