Mansfield Monday–Friends or family?

When little Fanny Price arrives at Mansfield Park everything is so different that she can do little but be terrified and shy. We are told no one meant to be mean. Nobody meant to be unkind, but nobody put themselves out of their way to secure her comfort. Her aunts and uncle tried talking with … Continue reading Mansfield Monday–Friends or family?

Thursday Three Hundred- The Change

How did Edmund Bertram ever realize he was in love with Fanny Price? Austen does not tell us much: Scarcely had he done regretting Mary Crawford, and observing to Fanny how impossible it was that he should ever meet with such another woman, before it began to strike him whether a very different kind of … Continue reading Thursday Three Hundred- The Change

Tea Time Tattle–Could Edmund have been happy with Mary Crawford?

Many readers wonder when Edmund fell in love with Fanny and how he could ever have loved Mary Crawford. Still, others hone in on the fact that Austen says Mary and Edmund had married, Fanny probably would have accepted Henry Crawford. But what sort of life would Mary and Edmund have had? Perhaps it is … Continue reading Tea Time Tattle–Could Edmund have been happy with Mary Crawford?

Austen Writes Romance- One True Pairings

Continuing with our study of the romances in Austen’s works, it seemed fitting to discuss the idea of true love so close to Valentine’s Day. Among Fan Fiction readers of all genres, there is the idea of a “one true pairing” meaning an unbreakable romantic coupling that may or may not exist in the story … Continue reading Austen Writes Romance- One True Pairings

Falling for Fanny- Guest post by Leenie Brown

Okay, okay. I've been very bad about posting. I have been reading though! At first I thought I'd adjust to just recording my notes and general impressions by chapter but that's not working now as sometimes I can read a few chapters in a day and then can't read for a week, let alone take … Continue reading Falling for Fanny- Guest post by Leenie Brown

Falling for Fanny- Guest Post

Instead of cold-read notes this week, I've got a guest post! I've chatted on social media with Beverlee Swayze several times about Austen and life and rumor has it she is attempting her own Mansfield Park variation! When I asked if she was interested in doing a guest post she surprised and intrigued me by … Continue reading Falling for Fanny- Guest Post

Falling for Fanny

Happy February! It's the month of Valentine's Day and I could certainly count the ways I love Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice in particular, but I'm challenging myself with something new! I sometimes "cold read" for other authors. That means I give an honest, unfiltered reaction to their stories. They're more detailed than comments or a … Continue reading Falling for Fanny