Mount Hope(An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park)by Sarah Price(review by Cathy)

Mount Hope

About the book:

When her father can no longer provide for his large family, Fanny Price is sent away from her small Amish community in Colorado to live with her aunt’s family in Mount Hope, Ohio. Fanny immediately feels out of place at the Bontrager farm but finds a friend in her aunt’s stepson, Elijah Bontrager.

As time passes, Fanny begins to long for their friendship to blossom into something more, but her hopes are dashed when Elijah starts to court someone else. With her uncle pressuring her to marry a man who can take her off his hands, Fanny must learn to rely on God for her future.

 

Review:

I loved Fanny Price from the beginning. It was difficult to read about a 10-year-old being sent so far away from home to stay with family she’s never met.  It was disheartening to see the way she was received by her relatives when she arrived in Holmes County.

It was wonderful to see Fannie become the young woman she became.

The friendship she and Elijah shared was one of mutual respect and trust.

Fannie had grace, humility and compassion.  At times she was taken advantage of by family, especially her cousin Miriam, but in her infinite wisdom she allowed that to happen to remove herself from situations she was uncomfortable with.

Mount Hope has an incredible flow that is never disjointed or boring. The characters are integral, although some lacked empathy which gave an authenticity to them.

I love that Sarah doesn’t shy away from the imperfections of humanity which is what made this one my favorite books she’s written so far.  The reality of a less than perfect Amish family is much more realistic than they are portrayed in some books. This definitely deserves the 5-star rating that I gave.

I recommend this book to readers of both Amish and Christian fiction. You won’t be disappointed.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley for an honest opinion which I have given.

 

 

 

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