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Everingham by Katharine T (PG)

Title: Everingham.
Fandom: Mansfield Park.
Pairing: Henry Crawford/Fanny Price; Edmund Bertram/Mary Crawford.
Categories: Romance.
Length: Epic.
Warnings: None.

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: n/a

Author’s Summary:
A chance remark reminds Henry Crawford to do the right thing, and ride to Everingham instead of staying in London to flirt with Maria Rushworth. As a result, there is nothing to prevent Edmund from marrying Mary Crawford, or Henry from continuing his pursuit of Fanny with more determination than ever.

Review: 
Like great part of the Jane Austen fandom, I usually don’t enjoy reading stories that break up canon pairings. However, since “Mansfield Park” fics are so rare (and epic MP fics even more so), I decided to give “Everingham” a chance.

Katharine T pairs Fanny Price with Henry Crawford, a character I disliked quite a bit in the original novel. However, she makes the story work very well because she held fast to one thing: characterization. Jane Austen herself wrote that Henry might have eventually won Fanny’s heart if he hadn’t strayed. This is the Henry we meet: one that did not elope with Maria Rushworth, but that is still deeply flawed and has much to learn. His willingness to recognize that and to change for Fanny’s sake makes him a much more sympathetic character and I found myself cheering for him half-way through the story, something that surprised me greatly. Fanny too, grows as the story progresses and learns to see good in others even when there are faults and to reflect about her own conduct and pride.

Everingham (pt. 1) (pt. 2) (pt. 3)

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
jane_elliot
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm getting to the point where I prefer stories that break up canon pairings, simply because no fanfic author has managed to do a better job with the canon pairings than Austen herself. In other words, I'm so excited about this rec that I've already started reading the fic:) Thanks!
slytherin_gypsy
Jan. 7th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Enjoy :)
jane_elliot
Jan. 7th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
I finished it and it was *awesome*! Thank you for a fabulous rec!
slytherin_gypsy
Jan. 7th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
You're welcome :)
slyprentice
Jan. 7th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
I second this rec! When I first read it I wasn't sure if I could possibly enjoy it but, like you, halfway through I was hoping for the best. Nice choice :)
slytherin_gypsy
Jan. 7th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it :)
jane_elliot
Jan. 19th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
Okay, I just re-read Mansfield Park simply so I could re-read *this* fic with the events of MP fresh in my mind. Best rec in *months* I say. Thanks again!
slytherin_gypsy
Jan. 19th, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
I'm extremely glad you liked it so much!
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