5 Retellings That Celebrate the Legacy of Mansfield Park

2024 marks the 210th anniversary of Jane Austen’s third novel, “Mansfield Park.” Keep reading to discover five retellings that reinvent Fanny Price’s character.

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Considered to be Jane Austen’s first mature work, Mansfield Park follows Fanny Price as she goes from poverty to living with her wealthy aunt and uncle, and mean-hearted cousins, with Edmund being her sole ally. While her uncle’s away, a new family, the Crawfords, arrives, bringing the glamour of London and a reckless taste for flirtation.

While Mansfield Park may not be as famous as its Pride and Prejudice predecessor, the novel continues Austen’s penchant for critiquing Regency-era society, including social positions and moral integrity. As such the novel’s conflict continues to inspire contemporary works of literature across genres, from murder mysteries to an Amish romance.

Let’s look at a few Austenian retellings that embody the spirit of the beloved original.

Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson

Finley Price is good at two things: directing a world-class production and flying under the radar. The only ones who notice her are her best friend and godparent’s son, Oliver, who encourages her to step out of the shadows and chase her dream of joining the Mansfield Theater.

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But when movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move in across the street, they shake up Finley and Oliver’s friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Finley realizes that Harlan’s attention is shifting to her, and she might be interested in him, too. Or is it just because Oliver’s taken? To keep her heart, she’ll need to do what she fears the most: step into the spotlight.

Manslaughter Park by Tirzah Price

Fanny Price is unwelcome at her uncle’s estate. It’s only his kindness that prevents her cousins from throwing her out entirely. But when her uncle is found dead in his art emporium, Fanny discovers evidence of foul play that could jeopardize her precarious position.

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Determined to discover the killer among them, she discovers blackmail and brushes hands with London’s high society when Henry and Mary Crawford arrive with an audacious proposal. Surprising help from Lizzie Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy brings a life-altering realization that Fanny saw coming.

Mount Hope by Sarah Price

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When her father can no longer provide for their family, Fanny Price is sent away from her small Amish community in Colorado to Mount Hope, Ohio, with her aunt. Feeling out of place with her new family, she finds a friend in her aunt’s stepson, Elijah Bontrager. As friendship blossoms into something more, Elijah begins courting someone else. With her uncle pressuring her into marrying someone to take her off his hands, Fanny learns to rely on God for the future.

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins

The last place Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college is Mansfield, Massachusetts, with her cousins, who are trying to distract her from her mother’s death with boys and makeovers.

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But as she dives into schoolwork, Edie finds herself drawn to Sebastian, her childhood friend and first love who already has a girlfriend, and Henry, the local bad boy and player who’s off limits, even if his kisses are addictive.

Both are trouble, but Edie can’t help being caught in between. Now, she has to make sure her heart isn’t broken in the process.

Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd

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The famously meek and “insipid” Fanny Price is now a rich, spoiled, and condescending heiress hated throughout the county. Mary Crawford, on the other hand, is now as good as Fanny is bad. But after Fanny is found murdered on the grounds of Mansfield Park, Mary comes into her own and teams up with a thief-taker from London to solve the crime.

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