Bellevere House is an update of a Jane Austen novel, set in the earlier 20th century in Illinois. The story is anchored by two parent figures (Uncle Warren and Aunt Betty) who are based on Mansfield Park's Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram, and while there’s a big slew of exuberant young people at the front of the story, the real action and bedrock of it is taking place in the back with the middle-aged people. Helene Carter is one of the young people that does bring her own personality with her, though, and has a pivot presence in the book as a young person, but also as an observer. A story for admirers of Jane Austen who enjoy the opportunities of fanfiction and the creativity of elaborating on a beloved author.
Historical fiction. 256 pages. An extra-marital affair and an unmarried pregnancy influence relationships, but this is a clean read. No sex or profanity.