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Bellevere House

(Vintage Jane Austen #3)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Even in the Depression era, the Havertons manage to have fun. And get into lots of trouble for their cousin to manage.

Faye Powell has lived with her wealthy uncle for several years. Her own family back in Tennessee has certainly felt the effects of the Depression, but her cousins haven't. They also haven't had much to trouble them, as indicated by the reckless way they do
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published June 17th 2017 (first published June 2017)
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Deborah O'Carroll I'm bad at comparing such things but... probably PG. (I think the only "content" is some mention of some side characters having an affair off-screen, …moreI'm bad at comparing such things but... probably PG. (I think the only "content" is some mention of some side characters having an affair off-screen, like in the original Mansfield Park. It's all handled well.) Hope that helps. :)(less)

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This series has been a delight to work on. Each of them fits together, but each with its own flavor. This book took on what I consider one of the more difficult Jane Austen works to translate, Mansfield Park, and wove it into the 1930s well.

I had some things I didn’t love about this book, but before I talk about that, I want to say that I thought Scheele did a fantastic job. While I didn’t particularly care for some aspects of the book, I had
Deborah O'Carroll
I quite enjoyed this book! :D I loved the humorous style and the banter. The characters were far from the unpleasantness level their counterparts achieved in the original book by Jane Austen, which means that Bellevere House wasn’t as depressing to read as Mansfield Park was, for me. XD

Comparing the two, Bellevere House is definitely more of a re-working/re-imagining than a straight-up retelling of Mansfield Park, but I actually really enjoyed that, and it was fun to pick out the changes and the
Miranda Atchley
Faye Powell has been living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins for years. During the country’s economic difficulties, and given the large number of siblings in the Powell home, growing up at Bellevere was a much better option for Faye. Though the family has maintained their wealth throughout the Great Depression, they still face their challenges. Grover and his brother Ed, who though their father is Faye’s uncle, are no relation to her; Faye’s aunt being their stepmother. Faye’s cousins Myrtle an ...more
Esther Filbrun
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
It’s hard to expect to love a book and find it disappoints you. Sometimes, the opposite is true, and that’s amazing, but although I was really looking forward to this retelling of Mansfield Park, it didn’t end up being the kind of book I was looking forward to.

However, in saying that, there was a lot to love about the story. Fanny Price, the main character in Mansfield Park, came through very well in the character of Faye Powell. Although she’s something of an oddity among Jane Austen’s characte
WARNING: This review will contain spoilers

I’m not sure how to rate this book, so I’m not going to try. For most of the story I was wavering between three stars and two stars, although at some points I went up as far as four. So I’ll just leave the star rating and focus on the review instead.

To say I was disappointed in the book would be an understatement, but on the other hand to say that I didn’t enjoy it at all would not be true. There were certain aspects which I found rather clever and n
Kendra Ardnek
So, disclaimer, I read this JUST after finishing the novel it was based on.

Mansfield Park's main problem is that, as a story, it's too slow and laborious. But that slowness is what allows you to get close to the characters, ponder their issues, and learn to care about them.

Somehow, this retelling manages to create the opposite problem. It's too rushed - running from shock to shock, never letting you truly feel the characters, the world, or sympathize with their problems. *sigh* I will admit tha
Jess Swann
Jan 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Une version de Mansfield Park, qui, si elle campe une Faye plus attachante à mes yeux que Fanny, ne m'a pas pourtant pas convaincue. Déjà, je trouve que l'auteur a beaucoup allégé l'histoire et que beaucoup de rebondissements perdent de leur force. Par exemple, je n'aime pas particulièrement l'idée de faire de Faye et Helene des amies (dans l'original, Fanny se méfie beaucoup de Miss Crawford et de ses manières avenantes). Idem pour la relation qu'elle entretient avec ses cousines, dans le roman ...more
Jamie Jack
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Jane Austen Recasting Just a Little Off

I am a massive Jane Austen fan, and I appreciate a good retelling or recasting of one of her classic stories. However, this one felt just off to me. I had a hard time following it. There are a lot of moving parts to the story, both in terms of character and plot. With so many people, it was hard to follow threads and arcs, and it didn't feel like there was time enough for proper development of each character and each subplot. I thought the language used was
S.G. Willoughby
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this immediately after reading Mansfield Park.... and I didn't like it as much as I was hoping I would. It was still a pretty good book, and I realize that Mansfield Park *is* different from Jane Austen's other works... but the author of Bellevere House interpreted the characters very differently than I would have personally. I also had high expectations having already read Emmeline, the Emma retelling in the Vintage Jane Austen series. :) All in all, not what I was hoping for, but still ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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Really not my thing

I have such a hard time with anything related to Northanger Abbey. I just don't like it. And while the writing was decent, this isn't even the best Northanger Abbey adaptation I have read. Meh. Worth $.99, but maybe not my time.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-challenge
Bellevere House is a fascinating look at family dynamics. It is well written and nicely paced.

I borrowed this book through the Kindle Unlimited program. All views are my honest opinion.
Sarah Scheele
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Sarah Scheele began writing before she could hold a pen and was telling stories before she could talk. An avid reader, she's always enjoyed classics as well as fantasy and movies. She lives surrounded by cultivated fields that rapidly give way to wild flowers, wild plants, and wild life and can always be found scribbling away at a new project. Or exercising her beloved, blind Pomeranian, although ...more

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