I am a HUGE Austenite, so I knew that I simply had to read Kate’s debut novel as soon as I heard about Seeking Mansfield, and it certainly did not disappoint. In fact, I would go so far as to say there were a couple of things that Watson actually improved upon in this retelling of Jane Austen’s classic novel Mansfield Park! It is swoonier, the love triangle is much more compelling, and Finley is an even more likable main character.
I mean, if a writer is capable of improving on AUSTEN, then you know they are one to watch, and Kate Watson is certainly that! Check out my rave review of this lovely book here!
From Kate’s Website:
Kate Watson is a young adult writer, wife, mother of two, and the tenth of thirteen children. Originally from Canada, she attended college in the States and holds a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. A lover of travel, speaking in accents, and experiencing new cultures, she has studied in Israel and lived in Brazil, the American South, and now calls Arizona home.
Her first novel, SEEKING MANSFIELD, debuts in Spring 2017, with the companion novel to follow in 2018. She is also a contributor to Eric Smith’s Welcome Home adoption anthology coming in 2017.
About Seeking Mansfield
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.
It’s All In The Details
- Title: Seeking Mansfield
- Author: Kate Watson
- Publisher: Flux Books
- Pub Date: May 16, 2017
- Pages: 300
YA and Wine Pairing
Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson
What better wine to pair with a Mansfield Park retelling than this Mansfield Cabernet Sauvignon? Not only is the label ALMOST as lovely as this story, but the wine is complex and classy, just like Miss Price!
*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
Are you one of the lucky ones who have gotten to read an ARC of Seeking Mansfield? Will you be reading it when it comes out? What is your favorite Jane Austen retelling?