Happy Friday everyone! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been enjoying some cooler fall weather. It takes a while to hit us here in Tennessee! Stop by Hoarding Books Blog and read all of the first lines (maybe you’ll find your next read).
There have been several good Jane Austen modernizations and Jane Austen inspired books this year. I’m a fan of Austen’s books (read all of them several times). This week I’m going to share a YA modernization of Mansfield Park that I adored! It’s been out a few months but this book deserves some recognition. Author Kate Watson did an amazing job of making this story relevant and giving Finley Price a backstory that tugged at my heart.
Finley Price was a fool.
More about the book
Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend, the Bertram’s son Oliver. If she could just take Oliver’s constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she’d finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater.
When teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move next door to the Bertram’s, they immediately set their sights on Oliver and his cunning sister, Juliette, shaking up Finley and Oliver’s stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Harlan finds his attention shifting from Juliette to the quiet, enigmatic, and thoroughly unimpressed Finley. Out of boredom, Harlan decides to make her fall in love with him. Problem is, the harder he seeks to win her, the harder he falls for her.
But Finley doesn’t want to be won, and she doesn’t want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver’s heart—and keep her own—she’ll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight.