Bridal Book Club – May – Mansfield Park

“A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself.”

Jane Austen – Mansfield Park

It’s Mansfield Park month!

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen Bridal Book Club

In the interests of full disclosure, I have a lot of feelings about Mansfield Park. 

I did my uni dissertation on Austen adaptations (because of course I did!) and I chose Mansfield Park to focus on. I picked it because I liked it the least, I’d never read it and I forgot it was one of the longest books! It’s fair to say that it did make me appreciate Mansfield Park a lot more. 

Straight off – I don’t like any of the adaptations, except for the old BBC one. But it isn’t a story which lends itself to modern re-tellings, I don’t think. Of all the Austens, I’d say it’s the most of its time. 

I’m not trying to put you off, because I really feel that Mansfield Park is the most undervalued of Austen’s novels. It’s definitely worth a read! Here’s the blurb for you:

The novel tells the story of Fanny Price, starting when her overburdened, impoverished family sends her at age ten to live in the household of her wealthy aunt and uncle; it follows her development and concludes in early adulthood.

From early on critical reception has been diverse. To some, the heroine Fanny Price was appealing; to others appalling. Some saw the novel as straightforward; others as intensely ironic with many disguised allusions. Some have emphasised the novel’s traditional values; others have emphasised radical and feminist interpretations. Was Austen for or against theatrical performance? What part does religion and ordination play in the novel?

Wikipedia

That’s a lot of questions for a blurb to ask! Hold on to your bonnets, it’s going to be an interesting one!

So without further ado, here are some free resources for you to read along:)

Free downloads:

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=jane+austen

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jane+austen+kindle+free&sprefix=jane+austen+kin%2Caps%2C153&crid=1O2BC2UXNRG97

Audio:

https://librivox.org/author/155?primary_key=155&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

Also available as a LoyalBooks podcast, if that’s your jam.

Paperback:

Click to view on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Here’s another irritating Wordsworth edition cover. But let’s not get into that again.

What next?

  • Thursday 30th May 2019 – Facebook Group Book Club Discussion 

And don’t forget to keep and eye on twitter and instagram for Bridal Book Club chat and pics. If you’re watching any of the adaptations, please share your thoughts either in the Facebook Group, or on twitter with #bridalbookclub

Adatation wise, there are 3 main ones:

And next month is the last of the Austens! It’s Northanger Abbey!

Giftast Bridal Book Club reading order

Bridal Book Club – April – Sense & Sensibility

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.”

Jane Austen – Sense & Sensibility

It’s Sense & Sensibility month!

Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen

I’m going to go right out there and say it. Emma Thompson’s Sense & Sensibility is one of the best Austen adaptations ever made. 

It’s fair to say this colours how I read the book! I mean, Alan Rickman is Colonel Brandon to me. Admittedly, yes, the ages are different in Austen’s original, and Hugh Grant is kind of ridiculous as a vicar but… it’s just so good! So if you’re aware of the film but haven’t read the book, hoo boy are you in for a treat! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

However, if you’re unfamiliar with either, here’s the blurb to whet your appetite:

The novel follows the three Dashwood sisters as they must move with their widowed mother from the estate on which they grew up, Norland Park. Because Norland is passed down to John, the product of Mr. Dashwood’s first marriage, and his young son, the four Dashwood women need to look for a new home. They have the opportunity to rent a modest home, Barton Cottage, on the property of a distant relative, Sir John Middleton. There they experience love, romance, and heartbreak. The novel is likely set in southwest EnglandLondon and Sussex between 1792 and 1797.[1]

Wikipedia

We’ll be asking all the important questions in this month’s book club, such as:

  • Are you an Elinor or a Marianne?
  • Is Edward good enough for [redacted], never mind [redacted]?
  • and many more!!!

So without further ado, here are some free resources for you to read along:)

Free downloads:

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=jane+austen

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jane+austen+kindle+free&sprefix=jane+austen+kin%2Caps%2C153&crid=1O2BC2UXNRG97

Audio:

https://librivox.org/author/155?primary_key=155&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

Also available as a LoyalBooks podcast, if that’s your jam.

Paperback:

Click to view on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Here’s another irritating Wordsworth edition cover. Let’s not get into that again.

What next?

  • Thursday 25th April 2019 – Facebook Group Book Club Discussion 

And don’t forget to keep and eye on twitter and instagram for Bridal Book Club chat and pics. If you’re watching any of the adaptations, please share your thoughts either in the Facebook Group, or on twitter with #bridalbookclub

There are a couple of adaptations, Sense & Sensibility (Emma Thompson – 1996), an 80s BBC version, a noughties ITV one which is pretty good, and this book by Joanna Trollope which I quite enjoyed. Besides those, there’s also From Prada to Nada, which I stumbled upon on Netflix, and is a fun modern remake.

And here’s a reminder of the book order coming up, if you want to read ahead:)

Giftast Bridal Book Club reading order

Mansfield Park Kraft Paper Wedding Stationery

Mansfield Park Kraft Paper Wedding Stationery

Classic and understated – our Kraft Paper Wedding Stationery Collection.

“I think it ought not to be set down as certain, that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself.”

– Jane Austen

Fanny Price gets a bad rap. Mansfield Park is, what, the least popular of Austen’s novels? Edmund is… not to everyone’s taste, but forget all that! Let’s focus on the positive. The enduring, constancy of love, the quiet dignity of standing your ground because of what you know in yourself to be right. Not bad things to base a marriage on, eh? 

The kraft paper wedding stationery sample pack includes:

Printed on smooth, creamy kraft card,  and double sided for all your extra info. I’ve also included a monogram on the back. Our sample here is a classic black ink, but we can change yours to fit your theme free of charge.

Order your Sample Pack here.

Bridal Book Club – March – Emma

““I always deserve the best treatment, because I never put up with any other.”- Emma Woodhouse

Ah yeah, it’s Emma! 

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma has never been one of my favourites, although that’s sort of the point of her, I suppose. She was described by Jane Austen as “a heroine whom no one but myself will much like”, although the more I get to know Emma, the more I like her. 

If you’re not familiar with the story, and haven’t seen any of the adaptations, here’s the blurb:

Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The story takes place in the fictional village of Highbury and the surrounding estates of Hartfield, Randalls, and Donwell Abbey and involves the relationships among individuals in those locations consisting of “3 or 4 families in a country village”

– Wikipedia

I first heard or Emma when my sister brought home a lovely little hard bound copy in a pale and pastel pink striped slip cover. And it’s stuck with me as the prefect representation of the novel. Because on the surface, Emma is that perfect, candy striped pink. When we first meet her, she’s described as “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich.

But there are these wonderful themes arching through the book which make you question just how lucky she really is. When you get to know Emma, as she gets to know herself, she becomes more human – less Paltrow, if you will! But enough waffle – let’s get to the book!

Free downloads:

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=jane+austen

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jane+austen+kindle+free&sprefix=jane+austen+kin%2Caps%2C153&crid=1O2BC2UXNRG97

Audio:

https://librivox.org/author/155?primary_key=155&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

Also available as a LoyalBooks podcast, if that’s your jam.

Paperback:

Click to view on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Another irritating Wordsworth edition cover. Let’s not get into that again.

What next?

  • Wednesday 27th March 2019 – Facebook Group Book Club Discussion 

Don’t forget to keep and eye on twitter and instagram for Bridal Book Club chat and pics. If you’re watching any of the adaptations, please share your thoughts either in the Facebook Group, or on twitter with #bridalbookclub

And if you’re looking for more, and you liked the Lizzie Bennet diaries, try “Emma Approved“.

There are plenty of adaptations, including (and I’m naming these by who played Knightley!) Mark Strong, Jeremy Northam, Jonny Lee Miller, and a 70s one that I wasn’t keen on. And not to forget Clueless with the ageless Paul Rudd (who, frankly, looks younger now than he did then!)

And here’s a reminder of the book order coming up, if you want to read ahead:)

Giftast Bridal Book Club reading order

Northanger Abbey Inspired Stylish Wedding Stationery

Northanger Abbey stylish wedding stationery

Find the adventure with this stylish wedding stationery collection, inspired by Northanger Abbey.

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”

– Jane Austen

Who among us hasn’t gone off to Bath, hungry for adventure, only to end up falling in love with the first man we meet? Don’t get me wrong, Mr Tilney has some great one-liners. If he’ll forgive me for assuming his dad killed his mum then he’s definitely a keeper! Although Catherine learned her lesson, we can’t expect her to give up the Gothic altogether, can we? There’s just a hint of it in what I’m delighting in calling A BLOOD RED HEART motif 😉

This stylish wedding stationery sample pack includes:

Printed on gorgeous textured card for an extra Oomph of style. 

Order your Sample Pack here.

Emma Pink Floral Wedding Stationery

Emma Pink Floral Wedding Stationery

Feel handsome, clever and rich with this Emma-inspired Pink Floral Wedding Stationery.

“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”

– Jane Austen, Emma

Marrying Paul Rudd? Perhaps Jeremy Northam? Johnny Lee Miller? Mark Strong? Whether it’s none or all of the above, show off the union of yourself and your Mr Knightley with this pretty monogrammed set. Done with meddling in the love affairs of others, you can bask in the glory of your own match. 

The sample pack includes:

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper,  and double sided for that extra wow factor. I’ve also included a monogram on the back, to give you that extra pop of colour! Our sample here is pink – could Emma have any other colour? But we can change yours to fit your theme free of charge.

Order your Sample Pack here.

Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery Wedding Stationery

Sense & Sensibility inspired watercolour greenery wedding stationery set

“I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be…yours.”

– Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility

Channel your inner Elinor with this Sense & Sensibility inspired Watercolour Greenery Wedding Stationery set.

If you’ve finally come to an arrangement with the honourable but misguided brother of your not-so-nice sister in law. A handsome, older but devoted colonel has won over your younger sister. Maybe you’re looking forward to settling down in a modestly sized parish with an even more modest income. Hey, this watercolour greenery wedding stationery could be for you!

The sample pack includes:

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper, each piece looks hand-painted. A6 items are hand-finished with a black bow – this can be changed to fit your colour scheme at no extra cost.

Order your Sample Pack here!

New Freebies – Jane Austen Colouring Sheet Printable

Free Printable Jane Austen Colouring Sheet Pack

Chill the h*ck out with this Free Jane Austen Colouring Sheet Printable. Produced for members of the Giftast Bridal Book Club, but free for all. This colouring pack is just the thing to soothe your tortured soul as you make your way through each of the complete works – I’d recommend giving the Librivox audio books a try.

The pdf pack includes 7 colouring pages. 

  • Jane Austen portrait
  • Anne Elliot – Persuasion
  • Elizabeth Bennet – Pride & Prejudice
  • Emma – Emma
  • Elinor & Marianne – Sense & Sensibility
  • Fanny Price – Mansfield Park
  • Catherine Morland – Northanger Abbey

Download your copy for free here!

I’d love to see your progress as you make your way through this free Jane Austen Colouring Sheet printable. Please post pics to the Bridal Book Club Facebook Group, or on Insta with #BridalBookClub. 

Happy colouring!

Pride & Prejudice Inspired Glamorous Wedding Stationery

Pride and prejudice inspired glamorous wedding stationery

Treat yourself to this Pride and Prejudice inspired Glamorous Wedding Stationery Collection.

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Having rejected his first proposal and teaching him both humility and hope, your affections and feelings have changed! Congratulations on your imminent move to his beautiful grounds. And what does a Darcy wedding need (other than to be a joint affair with your sister and her fluffy beau)? Why, the best and the fanciest invitations, of course!

Silky smooth card is printed with an antique plaster texture and topped with a sheen of gold foil. Super fancy. Only the best for the Darcys! Colours of foil and background image can be changed to fit your theme. Please contact us for options.

This glamorous wedding stationery collection includes:

Sample packs are not currently available in this range.

Persuasion Inspired Watercolour Wedding Stationery

Persuasion Inspired Watercolour Wedding Stationery

Introducing our Persuasion-inspired Watercolour Wedding Stationery Collection.

“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison”

– Jane Austen, Persuasion

Your wedding stationery needn’t be a wash-out with this watercolour set. Whether or not you’ve waited eight years for your beloved to propose again!

The umbrella scene inspires this delicate pink and grey wash set. You know the one! In the coffee shop, when it’s raining and Captain Wentworth offers Anne his umbrella. *Swooning sigh* I just love this scene, although I don’t entirely know why. Perhaps it’s the umbrella/giant hat combo. Anyway…

The sample pack includes:

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper, each piece looks hand-painted. I’ve also included a monogram on the back, which is particularly befitting the daughter of a foolish spendthrift Baronet!

Order your Sample Pack here!