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

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.

Paperback, 304 pages              Published August 2, 2016 by Realms

My review:  I have never read Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park so I can’t compare this book to it. I can, however, tell you that this book is one awesome read! A great storyline and an interesting cast of characters all set against the backdrop of Amish country made this a quick and easy read.

I immediately liked and sympathized with Fanny Price. I can’t even begin to imagine myself in the situation she found herself. Things weren’t really better for her in Ohio with the Bontrager family. They aren’t the typical Amish family I’m used to reading about. They have issues just like the non-Amish have and this made the story more real. It was interesting to see how they handled their problems or just ignored them as long as they could.

Sarah Price has a way of telling a story that pulls you in and makes you feel a part of it. I definitely felt that way while reading this book. I wanted to give Fanny a hug and tell her things would be ok. I also found myself mentally yelling at the various members of the Bontrager family. This family made me so mad at times. I would love to see a book about Fanny’s younger sister, Susan. She was a breath of fresh air and I would enjoy reading more about her.

This is definitely a must read for fans of the Amish fiction genre. This would also be a great book to read if you wanted to try out the genre. I highly recommend this book!

About the author:  The author of over 30 novels, Sarah Price publishes with Realms, an imprint of Charisma House and Waterfall, an imprint of Brilliance Audio.

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