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An alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here.Fanny Price, an intelligent but timid girl from a poor family, lives at Mansfield Park with her wealthy cousins. But the cruelty of her Aunt Norris, together with a broken heart, compel Fanny to run away and take a job as a governess. Far away from everything she ever knew and the man she secretly loves, will Fanny grow inAn alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here.Fanny Price, an intelligent but timid girl from a poor family, lives at Mansfield Park with her wealthy cousins. But the cruelty of her Aunt Norris, together with a broken heart, compel Fanny to run away and take a job as a governess. Far away from everything she ever knew and the man she secretly loves, will Fanny grow in strength and confidence? Will a new suitor help her to forget her past? Or will a reckless decision ruin her life and the lives of those she holds most dear?This variation of Jane Austen’s novel includes all the familiar characters from Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, and some new acquaintances as well. There are some mature scenes and situations not suitable for all readers....

Title : A Contrary Wind: a variation on Mansfield Park
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ISBN : 33853734
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Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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A Contrary Wind: a variation on Mansfield Park Reviews

  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
    2019-05-07 21:39

    What If Fanny Was Tired of Being Called Ungrateful?Rating: 4.5 out of 5 starsWhat a novel experience it is to read a variation for Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park! What happens in a Mansfield Park variation? Is it like a Pride and Prejudice variation – do Fanny and Edmund still end up together (just traveling a different path)? Or does the author shake things up a little more?In Lona Manning’s contemplative and inventive variation she poses the questions:What if “a contrary wind” delayed Sit Thomas’s return to Mansfield Park by a few weeks?What if the rehearsals of Lover’s Vows continued unimpeded?What if Fanny was tired of being told she was an ungrateful burden to the Bertram family and decided to take control of her own future?So many possibilities, right? With Sir Thomas’s continued absence and the increasing intimacy and suggestiveness of the theatricals, there is so much that happens! But sadly, Fanny isn’t there to witness it all. She has left Mansfield behind to seek a position as a governess. What will the Bertrams say when they notice Fanny’s absence? Will Fanny ever be reunited with her Bertram cousins? Or will her path continue to diverge from theirs?Brava to Lona Manning for her thoughtful twists and skillful execution in this variation. This story was in no way predictable and it kept me guessing almost until the end! I really enjoyed not knowing what to expect and I enjoyed the slow and leisurely reveal. With every character there were some twists, so nothing was proceeding in a predictable or familiar way!One aspect of this story that I enjoyed is Ms. Manning’s respectful renderings of Jane Austen’s characters. Her thoughtful and perceptive portrayals of these characters illustrate her keen understanding, and I’m happy to say she doesn’t take any character too far away from their original personality (like the film adaptations do!). I greatly appreciated the development of Fanny’s character throughout this story. (Forewarning: I’m not one of those readers who despise Fanny). Fanny has always earned my sympathy, and I admire her tender heart and how she strives to live by a strict moral code. In this story, we see more of how Fanny can be selfless and compassionate towards others. The Crawfords, on the other hand, did not rise in my esteem. Their selfishness and self-serving interests are heightened a little in this novel.Another element of the story I enjoyed was the clever and subtle inclusion of several characters from other Jane Austen novels. It is always fun to detect a character and situation that sounds familiar. In addition, I enjoyed the new original characters that were introduced, and the spotlight on the abolitionist movement and British navy.While I loved all the twists Ms. Manning implemented in her tale, I did find some of the later ones to be a little too sudden and abrupt for my taste. I think if they unraveled at more leisurely pace or with more of a build up it would have been better. But perhaps the author was trying to keep this story from being too long. However, the quicker action at the end and the several story threads left hanging made some things feeling a little more unresolved. (Definitely hoping for a sequel!)A Contrary Wind is a praiseworthy and well-crafted variation of Mansfield Park. Through her prose and premise Lona Manning displays a comprehensive knowledge of the time period and an admirable devotion to Jane Austen and her world. A wonderful choice for readers who are looking for well-written stories that feature other Jane Austen novels.Warning: Recommended for mature audiences due to a few intimate scenes and descriptions (nothing graphic).Austenesque Reviews

  • Susan
    2019-05-18 16:01

    While Sir Thomas Bertram is visiting his plantations in the West Indies his family back at Mansfield Park have decided to put on a play. Fanny Price continually faced with the cruel remarks of her Aunt Norris and her unrequited love of Edmund Bertram secretly leaves to become a governess. So the future of all the players are changed.A very enjoyable well written variation of Mansfield Park.

  • Mark Brownlow
    2019-05-21 20:41

    In this reimagining of Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park", Sir Thomas Bertram does not arrive home in time to call an early stop to play rehearsals. And so the story heads off in a different direction. The result is an excellent read, masterful in its execution. The storylines are fresh and entertaining, and don't hurtle toward a predictable conclusion. The characters (both new and from the original) are lovingly developed with plausibility and clarity. There was one decision by Fanny Price that felt a little out of character, but this was a minor bump for me on a thoroughly enjoyable journey.The author apparently used a little bit of the original text. Perhaps I'm just not expert enough, but I could not tell where this happened (in the Kindle version) - such was the quality of the writing. It reads just like an Austen novel, with a similarly structured ending (take note those only interested in modern writing and endings). A sequel would be more than welcome!

  • Kirk
    2019-05-24 22:33

    A very clever MP variation. For mature readers...there were more than 'I didn't need to read that' moments for me...but many know my 'starched notions". The afterword makes mention of the possibility of a sequel...needed in my view as the ending leaves a little too much unsettled for my liking. Several surprising moments in the book. I hope the author writes more very soon. 3.5 rounded to 4. I won a copy of the book at Austenesque Reviews in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you to the author as well.

  • A.E. Walnofer
    2019-05-10 18:45

    The author of A Contrary Wind did an excellent job of portraying the world and times of Jane Austen. Her research was impeccable. (Or if it wasn’t, then she was certainly able to make it seem as if it was!) I love it when authors can weave actual history into their story without distracting you (or boring you!) from the story itself. Also, the writing style is very authentic to Austen's. If you had handed me this book and told me, “This was one of Jane’s alternate endings for Mansfield Park”, I honestly think I would believe that a new manuscript had been discovered and published for all of us readers who are hungry for more of Jane Austen’s works. Great stuff!

  • Tammy Buchli
    2019-05-24 17:49

    Mansfield Park Austenation. Tremendously well researched - I couldn't find a single anachronism - while still being very entertaining and accessible. Lots of fun little pop-ins featuring other Austen characters and some historical personages. I read a lot of these things and this one was really exceptional. Highly recommended for any Austen fan -- especially those who are more on the purist side.

  • vvb
    2019-05-23 17:38

    I enjoyed this variation on Mansfield Park. The different take and new characters fit well. The new characters portrayed other happenings during that time period especially in relation to the naval world.The familiar characters were presented equally well. The general vibe of the story was Jane Austen-like and had me engaged. The familiar Fanny anxieties and the dislike for the Crawford manipulations came through just right.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-14 21:57

    Started out promising, but then took a weird turn at the 50% mark.