Jul 202018
 

Happy Friday, readers! I am so happy to welcome back author Lona Manning to Austenesque Reviews today! Lona was here last year to celebrate her first release – a Mansfield Park variation titled A Contrary WindWhich I loved (see here)! And now, today, a sequel to that variation is being released! (Woot woot!) Lona is here today to share an excerpt from her new release, A Marriage of Attachment!

This excerpt from A Marriage of Attachment features a flashback to a scene from Mansfield Park, as Edmund falls in love with Mary Crawford while walking through the grounds at Sotherton.

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Edmund Bertram is the clergyman at Thornton Lacey, a village near Mansfield, in his parsonage-house.

Edmund dipped his quill in his ink, and paused, looking up from his blank sheet of paper to gaze out of the window. He recalled when Mary’s brother Henry suggested they build a garden “at what is now the back of the house; which will be giving it the best aspect in the world, sloping to the south-east. The ground seems precisely formed for it.” Henry used to pique himself on his abilities as a landscape designer, and the Crawfords and Bertrams once travelled together to the country home of his sister’s fiancé Mr. Rushworth, so Henry could advise on improvements to his grounds. The visit to the gardens of Sotherton turned out to be anything but innocent for all of the young people hovering on the brink of love or desire. Henry had flirted with Julia all the way there, and, once arrived, had transferred his attentions to Maria. And Mary had discovered that Edmund intended to be a clergyman. Her reaction to this news, ought to have taught Edmund to guard his heart from her. Instead, she had bewitched him. Continue reading »

Jul 042018
 

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Happy 4th of July to those who are celebrating! And to my friends in Canada, I hope you enjoyed a lovely Canada Day!  Anyone doing anything fun to celebrate? We are off to the beach for the whole day – yay! I know it will be mad-busy, but I don’t care! Should be fun.  🙂

As for what we’ve been up to in June…so much! Lots of traveling, lots of camping, lots of family. 🙂  At the beginning of the month we had our first camping trip on our beloved Carolina Beach for Mr. Bingley’s birthday.

And from there we traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina for more gig/camping trips. (Whenever Mr. Bingley has a wedding to play for out of town, we’ve decided to turn it into a little bit of a weekend trip!) Continue reading »

Oct 272017
 

Hi readers!  This is a bit new…Today we have two authors paying us a visit at the same time.  But it appears they are engaged in a bit of debate!  As you may recall both Kyra Kramer and Lona Manning came out with Mansfield Park inspired books a few months ago.  In Lona Manning’s variation – A Contrary Wind – she spotlights Fanny Price and in Kyra Kramer’s retelling – Mansfield Parsonage – she retells Mansfield Park from Mary Crawford’s point-of-view!  Now both authors have come together to “duke it out!”

Hello, I’m Lona Manning, author of A Contrary Wind: a variation on Mansfield Park and author of true crime articles available at Crime Magazine.

And I’m Kyra Kramer, author of Mansfield Parsonage and the nonfictional historical books, Blood Will Tell, The Jezebel Effect, Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell, and Edward VI in a Nutshell.

Lona: Please join us for the knock-down drag-out (maybe) Fanny versus Mary debate of the decade/epoch/millennium. We will take turns posing each other questions. Please feel free to join in, in the comments!

Kyra: Everyone who comments will be entered in a draw to win a gift pack of Austen goodies from Bath, England. Continue reading »