Author: Jane Austen
Genres: Romance, Family
My Rating: 4.5
Good for ages: 12 +
Summary: Fanny Price comes from a poor family with many siblings. Her rich relatives – Lord and Lady Bertram – decide to help the family out by taking Fanny in. She is raised alongside their two daughters, Maria and Julia – and two older sons – and given an education. Edmund, the younger of the two sons has always been very kind to Fanny, the two becoming great friends. While not treated poorly, she is not treated well because of her station in life compared with theirs.
When Dr. Grant and his wife move into the living on Mansfield estate, Mrs. Grant’s brother and sister come to visit, spending a lot of time with the Bertram’s. Edmund soon falls in love with the beautiful Mary Crawford. Henry Crawford first trifles with the affections of Maria and Julia then truly begins to fall in love with Fanny who is repulsed by him.
Tragedy strikes and not everyone is who they appeared to be.
My Thoughts: This is probably my third favorite Austen. Edmund Bertram is my second favorite Austen hero.
I like reading about quiet characters that still have a lot of faults (my tendency when writing is to lean to quiet, perfect characters) and Austen makes everyday life in that era very interesting.
My Favorite Quotes:
~ “Every moment has its pleasures and its hope.”
~ “A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself.”
~ “There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.”