Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park famously narrates the story of Fanny Price moving in with the Ward family. Written almost two centuries later, Joan Aiken’s powerful sequel introduces us to The Youngest Miss Ward, Hatty.
Although creative, charismatic and witty, Hatty Ward lacks the beauty that her older sisters inherited – leaving her to care for their ill mother and without a dowry once they are married off. Sent to Portsmouth to live with her rumbustious uncle and cousins, Hatty turns her creative flair to poetry and believes she’ll become a governess, that is until handsome Lord Camber passes through town . . .
With imagination and authenticity Joan Aiken captures the customs and language of Austen’s England in this one of a kind sequel, revealing a subversive and unique heroine.