It’s the 1930s and the Haverton family is dominated by intellect and theories, not by recognition of the unpredictable way people really feel. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. The Havertons are popular and their new friends give every opportunity to test if their theories work. Ed has a theory he can’t like his cousin Faye because of her background; Myrtle has a theory money is more important to her than love; Aunt Cora has a theory she is in control of everything; and Bat and Dan Halwell spend much time trying to reconcile science to religion. But beneath the surface of Bellevere’s routine sprawls a vast civilization of rebellious emotions those Havertons aren't supposed to have. And Faye Powell, an observant cousin who lives with them, finds she’s unfortunately likely to get caught up in the tide when it breaks out.
Based on Mansfield Park. Originally written for a series, the Vintage Jane Austen.
Historical fiction. 256 pages. An extra-marital affair and an unmarried pregnancy influence relationships, but this is a clean read. No sex or profanity.