Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mount Hope: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park by Sarah Price

When her father can no longer provide for his large family, Fanny Price is sent away from her small Amish community in Colorado to live with her aunt’s family in Mount Hope, Ohio. Fanny immediately feels out of place at the Bontrager farm but finds a friend in her aunt’s stepson, Elijah Bontrager. As time passes, Fanny begins to long for their friendship to blossom into something more, but her hopes are dashed when Elijah starts to court someone else. With her uncle pressuring her to marry a man who can take her off his hands, Fanny must learn to rely on God for her future.


About The Author

The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area's first wave of Mennonite families. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years.
As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years. Sarah now resides in Morris County, New Jersey with her family.
While she started out as an Indie author, she signed on with Realms, an imprint of Charisma House and Waterfall Press, an imprint of Brilliance Publishing. Her first book, First Impressions: An Amish Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was released in May 2014.

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My Review

This story is the retelling of Jane Austin’s Mansfield Park with an Amish Twist. Fanny Price is an obedient young girl and helps her family as much as she can at eight years; the family is very poor and struggling to survive in Colorado. Now the parents make a life changing decision for Fanny and she is sent to live with her mother’s sisters in Ohio, can you imagine doing such a thing?
Fanny Price becomes a model Amish woman, and again is very obedient, although she tries to meld into the woodwork; she is very attentive to her aunts. Her one solace is her aunt’s stepson, Elijah, who talks to her and really seems to see her, the one person she can share with.
Of course life can never be smooth, and we travel these rough spots though Fanny’s eyes, and really walk in her shoes. Will she ever find her own man, home and children, or is she destined to be a caretaker for the older members of the family.
I really enjoyed this read, and as some of the sinister members try to take hold, we hope for the best for our Fanny.
I received this book through Net Galley the Publisher Realms, and was not required to give a positive review.

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