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Mansfield Ranch (The Jane Austen Diaries) (Volume 5) Paperback – June 4, 2014

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Book 5 of 6 in the Jane Austen Diaries Series

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Jenni James is a bestselling author with many published books, including The Jane Austen Diaries (Pride & Popularity, Northanger Alibi, Emmalee, and Persuaded) as well as The Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection (Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Frog Prince, and many more...) Jenni has wowed fans around the world with her unique voice in children and teen literature today, always keeping her books clean and wildly addicting. When she isn't writing, she can be found chasing her seven rambunctious kids around the house. She lives with her family in Utah and secretly dreams of becoming a ninja or pirate one day.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Jane Austen Diaries
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Trifecta Books (June 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991460413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991460410
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you haven't read Jane Austen's Mansfield Park or the previous books in the Jane Austen Diaries series, this review might contain some spoilers.

After reading the rest of the series in March 2013, I became a big fan of Jenni James's Jane Austen contemporary retellings. I waited impatiently for 9 months for Mansfield Ranch wondering how she would fit Mansfield Park into the series. And when it was finally released, I reread the previous books in chronological order (I waited on Northanger Alibi since it comes later chronologically) before finally reading Mansfield Ranch. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. Part of my disappointment may have stemmed from building the series up too much in my anticipation of this book but that wasn't the whole problem. This book disappointed me for a few reasons.

First: Sean and Lilly were not as likeable as the main characters of previous books. Sean lost some of the playful confidence he had in Persuaded and came off as a little cruel with how he treated Lilly. I had to wonder how much he really loved her if he was willing to repeatedly hurt her so much. And why didn't he ever contact her while she was away, not even after she reached out to him? Lilly was brash and while there's nothing wrong with being frank with people, I guess I would have preferred a bit more grace with her frankness. She just used words like idiot and moron too often for my liking. They weren't unlikable characters. I just had to exercise a bit more patience and forgiveness than usual in order to like them.

Second: Mansfield Ranch wasn't as romantic or satisfying as the others. In all fairness to Jenni James, I felt the same way about Mansfield Park. Too much of the book was spent tearing their romance down and not enough building it up.
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The fifth book in The Jane Austen Diaries, Mansfield Ranch by author Jenni James is yet another fun spin-off the Jane Austen novel, Mansfield Park. This is a fun, light novel for teens looking for an entertaining quick-read. I would recommend this novel to young readers who are interested in cute romance stories.

Series: The Jane Austen Diaries
Genre: contemporary; romance; young adult
Publisher: Trifecta Books
Publication date: December 22, 2014
Number of pages: 210
Age: 11+
Grade level: 6th+

Other books in the series:
1-Pride and Popularity
2-Northanger Alibi
3-Persuaded
4-Emmalee
6-Sensible and Sensational
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Jenni James does a really good job making you feel for her characters. I felt bad for Lilly and what she had to go through with her foster family (aside from Sean, that is). He is a well-intending, (slightly annoying), funny, true individual. Harrison on the other hand (the guy Sean originally tries to set Lilly up with) is . . . I'll go ahead and put it bluntly--a nut-job. I wanted to punch him so many times. I got frustrated with Lilly's foster sisters and sometimes even wanted to slap them and rolled my eyes with her foster parents. None of them are very bright or kind, but Sean pretty much manages to make up for all of their pathetic behavior. The romance is wonderful, of course! I gasped in excitement at a few certain scenes, which I will not mention out of spoilers-sake. I will say though, this book was not my most favorite out of the Jane Austen Diaries, but I still enjoyed it all the same! It is engaging and will make you sigh with happiness in the end. There is no cussing and no sex, and just the story overall is very good. There are definitely some sad moments--such as when Lilly learns about her mother, but aside from that, it is worth the read.
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I cringe when I find out the free download I picked up is a total teen read, complete with teen language and attitude. But I found this novel entertaining. It is a simple, quick read and the main protagonist is a snarky, but likable character. I enjoyed the dynamics between Lilly Price and Sean and Harrison. Halfway through the novel I was even rooting for the villain. But the novel was pretty true to the Mansfield Park novel by Austen, so I knew there was no hope. I felt the reason for Lilly and Sean not being together were weak, but if you just forget about motivations and depth of plot, you can just enjoy the story for what it is. Fun. Clean read for teens.
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Jenni James has done a remarkable job in adapting the novels of Jane Austen as a series of interrelated young adult books. Every volume in the series has been a joy to read, and Mansfield Ranch is no exception.

Much of the fun in reading Austen adaptations lies in comparing the individual characters with their Austen prototypes. Of course, the tradeoff is that little in the basic plot line is likely to be a great surprise! For some Austen readers, Mansfield Park is a rather difficult novel to like. The problem is the central character, Fanny Price, who is pretty much the antithesis of Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennett. Fanny is noble and virtuous to a fault, but she is so passive and long-suffering that she is often simply uninteresting. One wonders at times why the two main male characters find her so fascinating. In truth, Mary Crawford, the prototype for Mansfield Ranch's Juliet, often seems more interesting.

Jenni James addresses this issue by making her Lily Price a more assertive and well-rounded character. Like Fanny, Lily is generous and loyal, and she acts with love and dedication for a family which has largely failed to appreciate her merits and her general goodness. However, unlike Fanny, Lily defends her own interests, and spend much of her time suffering groundings and other punishments for her minor rebellions. While she is always the Good Girl in a big picture sense, she is no meek Fanny Price type when dealing with life's frequent irritations. She is less plater saint and more fallible human being, and the reader will love her for it.

In fact, Lily has to engage an environment that is in some respects more oppressive than that faced by Fanny.
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