Sixteen year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend and godparents' son, Oliver Bertram. If she could just take Oliver's constant encouragement to heart, she'd finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater.
When teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move across the street from the Bertram's, they immediately set their sights on Oliver and his vapid sister, Juliette, shaking up Finley and Oliver's stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Harlan finds his attention shifting from Juliette to the quiet, enigmatic, and thoroughly unimpressed Finley. Out of boredom, Harlan decides to make her fall in love with him. Problem is, the harder he seeks to win her, the harder he falls for her.
But Finley doesn't want to be won, and she doesn't want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver's heart—and keep her own—she'll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight.
SEEKING MANSFIELD is a charming YA contemporary reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic Mansfield Park, perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Rainbow Rowell.
My feelings about this cover are best described in a row of heart-eye emojis. When I opened the email and saw the cover in all its glory, it was love at first sight. I hadn't known what to expect, although my editor and I had gone back and forth about ideas for the cover, including images and cover elements we liked. The brilliant designer (Christopher Loke) took it from there, and he did an outstanding job capturing the heart of the book. I hope readers will think so, too.
I adore the font. It's not just seeing my name on a real, actual book that I wrote, either. It's the script of the title. It does such a nice job feeling fresh while reminding readers that this is a retelling. And I love how the colors and glamor of the theater contrast so strikingly with Finley's shadowy silhouette. It feels so evocative. Without getting spoilery, theater is integral to the story, and a couple of my favorite moments in the book happen on stage. Seeing Finley up there makes my heart burst. I feel like she's on stage taking in a breath, ready for what's next. And I feel like we're right there with her.
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Kate is represented by Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary.