Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson

Seeking Mansfield

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 presti...

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ISBN:1631631187
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:300 pages

Seeking Mansfield Reviews

  • Rosalyn Eves

    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

    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.

  • McKelle George

    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.

  • Kate Watson

    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.

  • Jeff

    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.

  • Carlie Sorosiak

    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

    . 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. Becau

    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

    . 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

    and there is

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    And I mean, kissing like:

    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.


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