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?


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:


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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

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 Jane Austen Bookmarks – Free Printable!

jane austen free printable bookmarks bridal book club

Bridal Book Club:

Jane Austen Bookmarks – Free printable!

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

– Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Personally, I don’t mind folding down the corner of a page. It depends on the book, really. I’ll do it on my £1.99 Wordsworth Classics, but not on anything old and pretty. But with a print and a snip, you can have a book-appropriate bookmark as you read along with Bridal Book Club

I’m going to be giving away pre-printed Jane Austen bookmarks (pictured) at the various wedding fayres I’m attending early 2019. I’m also slipping them in orders, while stocks last. 

Get your free download here, and happy reading!