Sandy Ward Bell

Author

What they are saying about


Parked at the Mansfields'

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Peters Township Book Club


"We loved all the Pittsburgh references."


5 out of 5 stars
Thoroughly enjoyed the book and the tie to Jane Austin's Mansfield ..., February 26, 2015
This review is from: Parked at the Mansfields': A modern twist of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (Paperback)
Thoroughly enjoyed the book and the tie to Jane Austin's Mansfield Park. The characters are well developed, particularly Franny and Julia. It was hard to put the book down due to wondering what would happen next. The reader feels part of the relationships that are developed. This is a very enjoyable must read.


5 out of 5 stars 
Good read - great characters!, February 26, 2015
This review is from: Parked at the Mansfields': A modern twist of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (Paperback)
Great storyline! It was so readable. Just kept turning the pages. I became fully engossed in all of the characters - well developed! Now I have to read Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park". Highly recommend.


5 out of 5 stars 
Buy It - You'll Love It, February 17, 2015
By 
Rosscoo (Franklin, TN USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Parked at the Mansfields': A modern twist of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (Paperback)
I just love it when I open a book and almost can't put it down until I've finished it. This is what happened with Parked at the Mansfields'. Of course there were a couple of sleepless nights, but that's ok because it was worth it. I've always been a Jane Austen fan and Ms. Bell captures the heart of her writing with such a great update in times. Bottom line, buy it - you'll love it.
Nancy Meigs-Curtis


4 out of 5 stars 
and it was fun to see where life would take her, February 4, 2015
By 
Victoria C. Mannion (Bethel Park, PA United States) - See all my reviews
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This was an enjoyable read. I find the author's strength to be the ability to convey the varying thoughts of the adolescent mind and the complex emotions felt during this challenging/dramatic time of life. The twist in the story was very interesting, and as the story built towards its conclusion, the tension mounted as to what the secret and the key were. The main character was quirky, yet grounded, and it was fun to see where life would take her.



5 out of 5 stars 
Readers of all ages will fall in love with Franny’s character and her quest to find a ...,December 7, 2014
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Ms. Bell captured my attention from the start with a 911 call that begins the adventures of Franny Price. Readers of all ages will fall in love with Franny’s character and her quest to find a true home. Mirrored after Jane Austin’s “Mansfield Park”, this modern day version will entertain and inspire readers.

5 out of 5 Stars

Format: Kindle Edition
In Parked at the Mansfields’ author Sandy Ward Bell abandons the dialect of eighteenth century England in favor of the language of modern day in the Steel City of Pittsburgh. And yinz is gonna love!
The novel is true to the theme of Jane Austin’s Mansfield Park, but with a contemporary slant. Austinites and Pittsburghers will love rooting for Franny as she seeks to find truth, love, and happiness.

Review by  Mildred Tilley Librarian and proud 'Janeite.'


   Perhaps two key reasons 21st century readers continue to enjoy the works of early 19th century novelist, Jane Austen, are that Austen’s novels are intricately but believably plotted and the characters she imagined have similar psychological traits to individuals everyone recognizes in their friends today.  In Parked at the Mansfields': A Modern Twist of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, Sandy Ward Bell models many of Austen’s classic plot devices as well as uses the essential nature of characters Austen devised in Mansfield Park to produce a contemporary chick-lit novel satirizing the lives of rich, idle 21st century suburbanites. Moreover, Bell adds a few additional characters and a major plot twist to ensure that readers who are already familiar with Mansfield Park, will have some surprises coming their way.

    There are numerous parallels between Bell’s heroine, Franny Price, and Austen’s Fanny Price.  Both are intelligent young women who are psychologically abused and demeaned by an unfeeling, selfish aunt.  Each one is a “good girl” but stiff, shy and somewhat passive, making her an unlikely heroine.  As in Austen’s novel, Bell has her Franny fall in love with a kind and caring “Eddie” who is quite similar the “Edmund” in Mansfield Park

    Bell also weaves a number of direct quotations from Mansfield Park into her contemporary story as well as includes small details (i.e. Aunt Mary’s coffee addiction instead of her mirror character’s addiction to laudanum)  from Austen’s novel that are juicy literary allusions for hard-core Janeites.

    Make no mistake, Parked at the Mansfields' diverges greatly from the sensibilities of Austen mainly because it is a fully contemporary novel with explicit dialogue about teenage sex, profanity, college rejection, drug and alcohol abuse as well as descriptions of over-the-top teenage partying that is rampant today.  There are cougars prowling in this novel as well as conversations on Skype, not across a drawing room.

    Yet, like Jane Austen, Sandy Ward Bell manages to write a novel that convincingly shows how a naïve, young girl, faced with many challenges not of her making, gains greater understanding of herself and the world around her to become a poised and happy woman, ready to face the challenges of adulthood.  And oh, by the way, Sand Ward Bell does this with a tad more humor than Miss Austen did in 1813.