I liked the book a lot: Fanny's thoughts and development are portrayed
in a convincing manner,
and the reader really feels with her. Henry has lost some of his charm together with his
rakishness, but he is still a likable character. Mary is as heartless and to the point as ever. Lady
Bertram reveals some unexpected depth, but in keeping with the way Austen portrayed her. Two
very minor things annoyed me: Fanny's love for Edmund is somehow devalued as just sisterly
(can't a woman love two men in the course of her lifetime?), and she is very ready to blame
herself for Henry's seduction of Maria as stemming from her rejection of him (in my opinion: what
else should she have done? After all, she honestly did not want to marry him at the time!).
All in all, Mansfield Letters is a very pleasant read written
in elegant style.