I am happy to announce that Mount Hope: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is now available! The story follows Fanny Price who is born to an impoverished Amish family living in Westcliffe, Colorado. Her parents make a hard decision to send her back to Mount Hope, Ohio in order to live with extended family. But, upon arriving at the Bontragers’ farm, Fanny quickly learns that she is an outsider.
When I embarked on this journey of adapting Jane Austen’s romances written in the early 1800s, I was looking forward to the challenge of recreating her six novels in the Amish setting. What I quickly learned was how Jane Austen’s timeless classics transcend time and location. In any culture, love is often met with difficult decisions and tiring trials.
What I enjoyed most about writing Mount Hope was how, unlike her other heroines, Jane Austen created the original Fanny Price to be appear oppressed and meek. The journey that readers take with both Austen’s and my Fanny Price is one of a personal evolution. Readers will fall in love with Fanny Price and experience the same emotions as she does: sorrow for her losses and gratitude for God’s grace as she learns how to stand up for herself and live with countless disappointments.
About Mount Hope: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park:
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.