A Contrary Wind release updates
July -- Recent reader reviews:
"An excellent read, masterful in its execution... It reads just like an Austen novel...."
"If you're a Mansfield Park fan and looking for spinoff fiction by an author that really understands MP, this is the book for you. It comes highly recommended by one very picky Austen fan."
"I enjoyed this variation on Mansfield Park. The different take and new characters fit well. The new characters portrayed other happenings during that time period especially in relation to the naval world."
March 25 -- Review from Austenesque Reviews, premiere Austenblog. Click through to read the entire review.
"Brava to Lona Manning for her thoughtful twists and skillful execution in this variation. This story was in no way predictable and it kept me guessing almost until the end! I really enjoyed not knowing what to expect and I enjoyed the slow and leisurely reveal. With every character there were some twists, so nothing was proceeding in a predictable or familiar way!
One aspect of this story that I enjoyed is Ms. Manning’s respectful renderings of Jane Austen’s characters. Her thoughtful and perceptive portrayals of these characters illustrate her keen understanding, and I’m happy to say she doesn’t take any character too far away from their original personality (like the film adaptations do!). I greatly appreciated the development of Fanny’s character throughout this story."
March 10 -- My article, "A Dangerous Intimacy," about the play-within-a-novel in Mansfield Park, has been published in the online Jane Austen magazine in England. (Free log-in registration required to read).
"Have you been seeing the buzz about a new variation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park? I have too...." Janet Taylor, blog proprietress, More Agreeably Engaged.
For a limited time, visit More Agreeably Engaged to enter the draw for one of two e-book copies of A Contrary Wind!
February 16 -- Austenesque Reviews has featured an excerpt from my book! Visit and leave a comment to be entered in a giveaway draw for a copy of my book. One paperback and one e-book to be given away. The draw ends on February 22nd!
Can't wait to read my book but you haven't read Mansfield Park? Or maybe it's been a while since you read Mansfield Park and you want to refresh your memory. Libri Vox offers free audio of MP -- I recommend the version with the buttery-smooth British accent of Karen Savage.
As for the filmed adaptations, I'd go with the 1983 version as being the most true to the book. In the more recent film and television adaptions, the timid, shrinking Fanny Price of the book is excised and replaced by a completely different character -- a feisty, spunky, rebellious Fanny Price v. 2.0, which completely distorts the novel.
Or, for a fun and irreverent alternative, read this recap by confirmed Fanny-hater Robert Rodi.