Good morning, dear Janeites, and welcome to a new Austenesque book tour! It’s my pleasure to kick-off the book tour for Kyra C. Kramer’s debut novel, Mansfield Parsonage.
I had the pleasure of reading all six of Jane Austen’s novels in 1999. Since then, Pride & Prejudice has been my favorite novel. However, I certainly enjoyed all of Austen’s novels and with the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death in 2017, I wanted to reread at least some of her novels and pursue a closer reading of these texts.
The release of some very promising new variations has led me to recently begin rereading Mansfield Park, and I have to admit I am loving this story even more than I did 18 years ago. It’s a great blend of character development combined within some of Austen’s most intriguing storylines and after rereading it so many years later, quite a few new layers of understanding and interest have been discovered throughout my much closer rereading of this story.
For the kick-off of her blog tour for Mansfield Parsonage, Kyra Kramer has she created an exclusive video for my readers and she’s also offering a generous giveaway of this story too.
What’s so fascinating about Ms. Kramer’s new book is that readers are able to delve into Austen’s story through Mary Crawford’s POV, which is just a delicious concept, especially since Miss Crawford is the character that so many readers fall in love with when they read Mansfield Park!
Here’s a little peek into Mansfield Parsonage:
Fans of Jane Austen will recognise the players and the setting – Mansfield Park has been telling the story of Fanny Price and her happily ever after for more than 200 years. But behind the scenes of Mansfield Park, there’s another story to be told.
Mary Crawford’s story.
When her widowed uncle made her home untenable, Mary made the best of things by going to live with her elder sister, Mrs Grant, in a parson’s house the country. Mansfield Parsonage was more than Mary had expected and better than she could have hoped. Gregarious and personable, Mary also embraced the inhabitants of the nearby Mansfield Park, watching the ladies set their caps for her dashing brother, Henry Crawford, and developing an attachment to Edmund Bertram and a profound affection for his cousin, Fanny Price.
Mansfield Parsonage retells the story of Mansfield Park from the perspective of Mary Crawford’s hopes and aspirations and shows how Fanny Price’s happily-ever-after came at Mary’s expense.
Or did it?
It’s also my pleasure to introduce my Just Jane 1813 readers to Kyra Kramer:
Kyra Kramer is a medical anthropologist, historian, and devoted bibliophile who lives just outside Cardiff, Wales with her handsome husband and three wonderful young daughters. She has a deep – nearly obsessive – love for Regency Period romances in general and Jane Austen’s work in particular. Ms. Kramer has authored several history books and academic essays, but this is her first foray into fictional writing.
I was thrilled when Kyra offered to create this fascinating video for my readers, which I hope you love as much as I did!
Now I hope you’re as eager to read Mansfield Parsonage as much as I am!
One lucky Just Jane 1813 winner will win a paperback copy of this book, and yes, this giveaway is open to international readers too! Thank you, Kyra and MadeGlobal Publishing, for this generous giveaway for my readers and for inviting me to participate in this book tour! I’d also like to thank Rozelle Faulkner who organized this tour and for her support throughout this process.
To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this blog and share with us who your favorite character is from Mansfield Park and why you love this character too. All comments for this giveaway must be left here no later midnight, Eastern Time on March 8th and the winner will be announced on this blog on March 9, 2017.
You can also follow this blog tour at the following stops on the tour:
Visit Amazon to add this book to your bookshelf.
This book is also available through KindleUnlimited.
Visit Goodreads to see what you friends are saying about this story.
Here’s what some early readers are saying about Mansfield Parsonage:
“This book captures Austen’s voice with a fascinating point of view.”” – Maria Grace, Author of “Courtship and Marriage in Jane Austen’s World”
“Kyra Kramer delights with her cheeky take on one of Austen’s most misunderstood characters. Through sharp observation and a talent for turn of phrase, Kramer polishes Mary Crawford into the bright jewel she truly is. By the end, you’ll be wondering why the original wasn’t written from her perspective all along. This is Regency Era at its finest. Mansfield Parsonage, a true source of felicity!” – Adrienne Dillard, Author of “Cor Rotto”