Every day is an adventure when your cousins are obsessed with vintage--and acting--and getting into trouble.
Faye Powell couldn't be happier. Coming from an underprivileged background, she's been lucky to move in with her uncle, a wealthy banker. Now she's in the swing of daily life with his exuberant children, including handsome Ed, the child of her uncle's first marriage. But trouble comes calling when her cousin Myrtle--who is obsessed with the vintage-era--makes a questionable engagement and new friends start to pour in around them. Who are these Carters--they seem charming--and this young man whose dad is a theater producer? Rental schemes, a mysterious British journalist, trips to the beach, and even a vintage-themed wedding with a blue dress that sticks to Faye like a burr. Before she knows it, Faye is in over her head with hilarious and problematic adventures at scenic, deceptively peaceful Bellevere House.
My contribution to a series of Jane Austen retellings, Bellevere House is based on Mansfield Park. It was originally in a 1930s setting, but the second edition changed to contemporary. Having the characters of this book be interested in vintage instead of actually in the vintage time helps explain what the series was about.