Paperback - 193 pages (23 May, 1996)
Orion; ISBN: 0575400242
Those fans of the Crawfords will be pleased to know that they are presentin
this story and are
treated with a great deal of kindness. In fact, Henry is redeemed. Mary Crawford is ill and is an
important characterhere. There are a very wise and sensible brother and sister who aretaking care
of the parish while Edmund and Fanny are away. There are also several young ladies; two who may
be matches for Tom. And Julia and her family are present. Julia is most unpleasant andtreats Susan
This novel is a quick and pleasant read. My only complaint isthat
the last two chapters appear as if
they were written by someone else. The culmination of the story does not naturally follow the
narrative tothat point. It is much too abrupt and the pairing is almost incredibleas there had never
been any indication of an attraction before the endof the book.
This book was on the shelves of my public library. Should youcome
across it, I recommend that you
give it a read.
In the cleric's absence, a friend of his, Mr. Wadham, comes to manage
parish affairs, his widowed
sister Mrs. Osborne coming as housekeeper. Things at Mansfield settle into an routine again, with
Mr. Wadham and his sister frequently keeping company with the family at the main house. The new
Sir Thomas is learning a great deal about his new responsibilities.
Susan, having been directed by Fanny to open her letters, reads one
to Fanny from an old friend.
Miss Mary Crawford, now Mrs. Charles Ormiston, is ill, her husband is confined, his mind having
broken down. She longs for nothing but to come to Mansfield for the fine country air to recuperate.
By the time Susan gets this letter, it is too late to send a refusal; within days she hears the invalid is
installed at Mrs. Norris' former residence, White House. It does not take long for Susan to become
friends with Mary, nor for Mr. Wadham (visiting the invalid as vicar) to fall in love with her.
In the midst of all this, Mrs. Yates, nee Julia Bertram, visits constantly
with the small family circle at
Mansfield, hoping Tom will marry her sister-in-law Miss Charlotte Yates, trying to bully her mother
into believing Susan is nothing but an upstart, and giving contradictory orders to the Mansfield
servants, causing many domestic uproars. Susan brother is made a captain and comes to Mansfield
on leave, but somehow she maintains a level head throughout all the goings-on.
When Mary desires to see her brother and William falls in love with
the woman Tom was to propose
to, we wonder how it will all work out for our unpretentious heroine. Does it? Of course! Will I tell
you how? Of course not! Suffice it to say that this book is a delightful read, well worth the time and
effort to obtain.