Central Park (#03 in The Austen Series)
Debra White Smith's contemporary adaptation draws out the Christian themes in Jane Austen's brilliant novel, MANSFIELD PARK. A fun addition to her modern-day American retellings of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. From the author: "I became...
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Debra White Smith's contemporary adaptation draws out the Christian themes in Jane Austen's brilliant novel, MANSFIELD PARK. A fun addition to her modern-day American retellings of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and SENSE AND SENSIBILITY.
From the author:
"I became interested in Jane Austen as an undergraduate majoring in English. By the time I got to graduate school and had read through Pride and Prejudice twice, I was hooked. When it came time for a thesis, I had already been writing fiction for several years and was intrigued by Austen's style - especially her witty banter between her heroes and heroines. After thinking a while about what I should do my thesis on, I decided Jane Austen was the lady of the hour. So I wrote my thesis, concentrating on Austen's heroes in Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. The title of my thesis was Austen's Boys. After that, I thought for several years that I would enjoy retelling all of Austen's books. By the time I presented the idea to Harvest House Publishers, they were as thrilled with the idea as I was.
Adapting Austen's books for the Christian market has been an easy task. Jane Austen's father was a clergyman, and she wrote from a Christian worldview. Austen did what many great, Christian writers do. She created situations that involved moral issues and showed the characters who lived by Christian morals, those who did not, and the consequences of their choices. If you read her closely, you realise that many of her characters attend church and many of her heroes are clergymen. This was her comfort zone, of course, since her father was a clergyman and she was a regular church attendee. Given these facts, I can't say that I really adapted Austen for a Christian audience. What I have done is pulled out her already existing Christian themes and made them more clear for the contemporary reader." - Debra White Smith.
Debra White Smith has 40 fiction and non-fiction books to her credit. Her book ROMANCING YOUR HUSBAND was a finalist in the 2003 Gold Medallion Awards. Her first goal as an author is to deal honestly with real issues and show God's grace in the midst of everyday life. Debra holds an M.A. in English and is beginning a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. Her award-winning writing, entertaining humour, and biblical knowledge have also made her a much-sought-after conference speaker.
The newest book in The Austen Series offers an intriguing, modern-day story based on Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park." Ethan Summers captivates Francine's heart. When she is pressured by her uncle to accept another match, Francine is dismayed. Must she really marry someone she does not love?
"First Impressions," book #1 in Debra White Smith's Austen series, sold more than 30,000 copies in four months! Now "Central Park" follows with an intriguing, modern?day story based on Jane Austen's "Mansfield"" ""Park.""" ^Ethan Summers captivates Francine's youthful heart. Drawn together by a love of learning, they become friends. But Francine dreams that Ethan will return her love. When the beautiful Lylleth appears, Francine is dismayed that Ethan falls under her spell. ^When a wealthy man comes calling, Francine recognizes his lack of morals and rejects him. Pressured by her uncle to accept such a fortuitous match, Francine cries out to God. Will she marry someone she doesn?t love? Will Ethan discover what true love is in time to intervene?
First Impressions,book #1 in Debra White Smitha's Austen series,sold more than 30,000 copies in four months! Now Central Park follows withan intriguing, moderna - day story based on Jane Austena's Mansfield Park. Ethan Summerscaptivates Francinea's youthful heart. Drawn together by a love of learning, theybecome friends. But Francine dreams that Ethan will return her love. When thebeautiful Lylleth appears, Francine is dismayed that Ethan falls under herspell. When a wealthy man comes calling, Francine recognizes his lack of morals andrejects him. Pressured by her uncle to accept such a fortuitous match, Francinecries out to God. Will she marry someone she doesna't love? Will Ethan discoverwhat true love is in time to intervene?
Author, speaker, singer, continues to impact and entertain readers with her life-changing books. She has forty book titles to her credit and nearly a million books in print, including Romancing Your Husband, Romancing Your Wife, and the Austen series and the Seven Sister series. The founder of Real Life Ministries, Debra touches lives through the written and spoken word by presenting real truth for real life. Debra has been featured on a variety of media spots.