- File Size: 600 KB
- Print Length: 286 pages
- Publication Date: June 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071G94XCZ
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Bellevere House: (Vintage Jane Austen) Kindle Edition
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Best for Ages: 18 and up
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 to acknowledge at the same time that they were very good translations of what happened in the original books into a more modern time. The talent was very evident throughout this whole book.
The Carters (Crawfords) were pretty crass at times. While I thought that it fit the characters, I personally didn’t like some of the early scenes with them. I questioned if young people of the 1930s would really talk about such things in mixed company, but it fit who the Carters were.
My biggest complaint is toward the end of the book. I don’t want to give away anything but the resolution of the unhappy marriage left me feeling a little angry. It fit with the original book and was even a bit of an improvement in my mind. However, when holding it up against the standards I feel the Bible holds, I was irritated. Perhaps I should give more grace to the characters who were either unbelievers or new believers at the time, but I was hard pressed to.
Now, to what I did like:
There was an unwed mother in the book, but I feel that was the best part. I love how Faye reacts with both compassion for the mother and baby, while still being a little horrified at what the mother had done. The whole situation was handled realistically and with positive message about the sanctity of life.
The book was full of wit and humor, in keeping with the tradition of Jane Austen. ?Probably in the series that best captured the humor and silliness that Jane Austen often put into her stories as well as this book did.? Yet, it didn’t keep the book from having its deeper moments.
I thought that all the characters were done well. Faye was very lovable and I loved her faithful heart. Her love for others, even when they aren’t acting lovable, was one of my favorite aspects of the story.
I recommend this book for those that liked the others in the series, who like Jane Austen retellings, and enjoy funny and witty stories.
Like Mansfield Park, I found Bellevere House to sway somewhat toward the quirky side. With such a large cast of characters and so many things going on, there is a lot to keep up with. Though at times the plot almost started to feel scattered, the author managed to reign things back in and not totally lose the reader. Like Fanny Price, I felt sorry for Faye Powell. Her cousins believed themselves so superior to her, yet she was the most sensible in the family and stayed out of trouble far better than her wealthy cousins. She kind of seemed to fade into the background; her family feeling like a sort of circus. Her cousins were annoying and her aunt and uncle didn’t seem very attentive; their family was falling about, but they couldn’t much be bothered to notice, until the end of the book. I liked the author’s style of writing; there were several lines that really jumped out at me, and that’s something that sticks with me after a book is done.
All in all, Bellevere House was a good book that fans of Mansfield Park will want to check out. How neat to see Fanny Price brought into the American 20th century as Faye Powell.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I received a review copy of Bellevere House, though the opinions in this review are my own