Austen Novellas

In this sequel to Jane Austen’s third novel “Mansfield Park,” young and spirited Thomas Bertram must face the reality that now his father has passed, he is Sir Thomas Bertram, head of the Bertram family and Mansfield Park.  A staunch abolitionist after witnessing the treatment of slaves on his father’s Antigua sugar plantation, the first thing Thomas wishes to do as Baron is to get rid of the business that makes money on the backs of African slaves.  He also wishes to wed his cousin Susan, younger sister to Fanny Price.  But he is forced to choose between his great love and saving Mansfield Park from unexpected financial ruin when the plantation loses its value due to slave uprisings and other problems.  When Mary Crawford, now a wealthy woman, comes back and makes a play for Thomas, he begins to question where his true responsibilities lie.  Is it with the woman he loves, or is it with the legacy of the Mansfield estate, which the men in his position have kept alive for centuries.  Should he marry a woman he does not love to save the family legacy? Or should he put his own happiness first? As he ponders these questions, Thomas tries to hold on to both Susan and Mansfield Park on his own personal journey of discovery. 

It's 1832, and Lady Eleanor Parker (nee Tilney) is planning a much anticipated family reunion with her brother Henry and his wife Cathy and their children. Now that their father General Tilney has passed away, the widowed Eleanor, who has inherited Northanger Abbey from her brother Henry, plans to make the house into the happy home it never was during their childhood. But a series of mysterious events occur when it is discovered that their father left Northanger Abbey to the son of his oldest son, the late Frederick Tilney, who is also the son of Cathy's old friend Isabella Thorpe. When Eleanor and Henry find out they cannot contest their father's will, they think they must leave their childhood home forever. But is this boy, despite a strong resemblance to their late brother, really his son? Or is Isabella Thorpe using the boy to avenge the Tilney family for what she perceives as a slight done to her during their time in Bath? As the mystery unfolds, the young Frederick Tilney III wins the heart of Henry and Cathy's daughter Ellie, and creates havoc throughout Northanger Abbey as Henry, Eleanor, Cathy and others search for the truth.

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