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He will make her happy, but she will make him everything. As the poor relation living off of her uncle’s charity, Bronwyn experiences the magic, elegance, and good society found at Mansfield Park from a distance. Though she finds being her aunt's companion tedious and boring, it does allow her to keep tight control over her magic. The magic she has refused to use since the He will make her happy, but she will make him everything. As the poor relation living off of her uncle’s charity, Bronwyn experiences the magic, elegance, and good society found at Mansfield Park from a distance. Though she finds being her aunt's companion tedious and boring, it does allow her to keep tight control over her magic. The magic she has refused to use since the tragic incident that drove her from her home and family in Portsmouth. The orderly existence she has come to depend on is spoiled with the arrival of Rion and Lynessa Torr at the Mansfield parsonage. As love and trouble wrap around the young people at the Park, will Bronwyn have the strength to keep her emotional magic locked away or will she find the courage to open her heart and mind to new possibilities? Bronwyn is a magical retelling of Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park. All books in the Magical Regency series are stand-alone novels and may be read in any order.


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He will make her happy, but she will make him everything. As the poor relation living off of her uncle’s charity, Bronwyn experiences the magic, elegance, and good society found at Mansfield Park from a distance. Though she finds being her aunt's companion tedious and boring, it does allow her to keep tight control over her magic. The magic she has refused to use since the He will make her happy, but she will make him everything. As the poor relation living off of her uncle’s charity, Bronwyn experiences the magic, elegance, and good society found at Mansfield Park from a distance. Though she finds being her aunt's companion tedious and boring, it does allow her to keep tight control over her magic. The magic she has refused to use since the tragic incident that drove her from her home and family in Portsmouth. The orderly existence she has come to depend on is spoiled with the arrival of Rion and Lynessa Torr at the Mansfield parsonage. As love and trouble wrap around the young people at the Park, will Bronwyn have the strength to keep her emotional magic locked away or will she find the courage to open her heart and mind to new possibilities? Bronwyn is a magical retelling of Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park. All books in the Magical Regency series are stand-alone novels and may be read in any order.

30 review for Bronwyn: A Fantasy Austen Retelling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Ahhhh the last one. I was so hoping they would have more... You guys could redo Wuthering Heights! or Jane Eyer, don't stop! I love these:} It's like they took everything that bugged me about these stories and changed them to what I like. This one has a major change that I LOVED!!! Seriously made the ending so good! I loved Bronwyn! Man what a great complex character! I loved the use of the magic in this one, so subtle they don't rely on the magic to make the story. These are sweet proper romanc Ahhhh the last one. I was so hoping they would have more... You guys could redo Wuthering Heights! or Jane Eyer, don't stop! I love these:} It's like they took everything that bugged me about these stories and changed them to what I like. This one has a major change that I LOVED!!! Seriously made the ending so good! I loved Bronwyn! Man what a great complex character! I loved the use of the magic in this one, so subtle they don't rely on the magic to make the story. These are sweet proper romance books with magic!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    I love Jane Austen and I love fantasy. Mansfield Park is also Jane Austen’s most underrated novel and I will fight you on that. So I couldn’t pass this book up. It delivers. Super fun, well-developed characters, and an interesting twist on the ending. I’ll be coming back to this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Wow! I am amazed at how much I loved this book!! I have to say, I never was a fan of Jane Austen’s version of Mansfield park and retellings of her stories were difficult for me because you know what happens. That wasn’t the case with this book! Grace J Croy did a fabulous job making the story believable and I am soooo happy about the ending. I don’t even think I can express that enough. I won’t spoil it but you have to read the book with an open mind and don’t be so set on the original story. Yo Wow! I am amazed at how much I loved this book!! I have to say, I never was a fan of Jane Austen’s version of Mansfield park and retellings of her stories were difficult for me because you know what happens. That wasn’t the case with this book! Grace J Croy did a fabulous job making the story believable and I am soooo happy about the ending. I don’t even think I can express that enough. I won’t spoil it but you have to read the book with an open mind and don’t be so set on the original story. You should definitely read this book! Give it a shot! I took longer to get hooked since I “thought” I knew what was going to happen. Once the plot changed, that’s when I was a lot more invested.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Riella Cristobal

    Another fun Magical Regency novel, Bronwyn is a retelling of Mansfield Park. I have actually not read Mansfield Park, but I did enjoy Bronwyn! Bronwyn lives off of her uncle’s charity as her aunt’s companion at Mansfield Park. Though her life is tedious and monotonous, it also allows her to keep her magic under strict control. She is able to experience the elegance, magic, and society of Mansfield, safe from the incident that drove her from her family and home and her magic that caused it. Howev Another fun Magical Regency novel, Bronwyn is a retelling of Mansfield Park. I have actually not read Mansfield Park, but I did enjoy Bronwyn! Bronwyn lives off of her uncle’s charity as her aunt’s companion at Mansfield Park. Though her life is tedious and monotonous, it also allows her to keep her magic under strict control. She is able to experience the elegance, magic, and society of Mansfield, safe from the incident that drove her from her family and home and her magic that caused it. However, the arrival of Rion and Lynessa Torr to visit the Mansfield parsonage destroys her orderly life. Suddenly love and trouble in equal measures are surrounding the young people and Bronwyn’s magic is pushing at her. Will she find peace and joy?     This was really cute! I felt bad for Bronwyn, she was so careful with herself, never letting anyone really see her feelings or opinions. She held her magic tightly and herself even tighter. Even though she had opinions and feelings, she saw herself as an outsider to Mansfield and not truly part of the family there. Her family at Mansfield was difficult for her to deal with, especially her aunt, who was not kind to her. When Rion and Lynessa come, she is shocked. Suddenly, there is more magic around her than ever and new problems arising. She was experiencing new feelings and struggling to deal with the new arrivals. Honestly, there were times where I was a bit frustrated with Bronwyn. She had difficulty trusting herself and trusting others, especially when changing her opinions. However, I really appreciated how she learned her lessons, learned to trust herself, and to find love. I also liked how thankful she became for the kindness she experienced. It was so cool to see her grow into her powers.      The rest of the characters also played such a good role into the story, bringing the tension and the growth. Bronwyn’s cousins had to discover what they truly wanted and needed too, though they certainly did not experience the same ending. If you have read Mansfield Park, I am sure that you know that general story, but seeing the magic added was really cool for me. I thought it gave the story so much, I loved seeing all the different abilities. It did have a few twists, so be prepared that it does not follow the story exactly. I certainly enjoyed it and am currently trying to read all the rest of the series! It is a clean romance and great for those looking for a classic with a twist! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    “Books are a uniquely portable magic”. I have always loved this quote! This was a 1 day read for me that not only had magic in it, but felt uniquely magical as well! This is my first book by Grace J. Croy so I had no idea what to expect. This is also my first fantasy/Jane Austen mash-up. I’m here to say they are both winners! Fantasy is the genre I read the least of, but always seem to love when I pick them up. Croy’s writing and imagination was so fun to get to know throughout this book. I espec “Books are a uniquely portable magic”. I have always loved this quote! This was a 1 day read for me that not only had magic in it, but felt uniquely magical as well! This is my first book by Grace J. Croy so I had no idea what to expect. This is also my first fantasy/Jane Austen mash-up. I’m here to say they are both winners! Fantasy is the genre I read the least of, but always seem to love when I pick them up. Croy’s writing and imagination was so fun to get to know throughout this book. I especially loved all of the magical elements throughout the story. Every character seems to have different magical purpose, and use them for plenty of different purposes...some good and some not so good. I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery of Bronwyn and it kept me turning pages well into the early hours of the morning...and you know how much I value my sleep. For my Jane Austen lovers there is a surprising twist at the end that has me re- thinking all of these characters and I can’t wait to go back and read the original with a new set of eyes. This is a super fun read if you’re not quite ready to take on the Jane Austen original! The fantasy elements are super fun with a little intrigue thrown in! I’m excited to read the rest of these fantasy/Austen retellings! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    A fantastic reimagined retelling of a loved Jane Austen story. I love stories with a hint of magic. This one did not disappoint. The characters were well developed and consistent with their original counterparts. Which made it easy to follow. But with enough twists to keep one engaged and wondering how things would resolve.

  7. 5 out of 5

    KColton

    Beautiful cover! I really enjoyed the mashup of fantasy and Jane Austen. I loved the twist at the ending. It helped me rethink how I view the characters. I wish Bronwyn would have explored/practiced her magic more but it was a fun read. If you love Jane Austen you will enjoy this spinoff.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Renae

    “There comes a point when you must decide to take a step forward, trusting in a future you cannot see in the present.” “Bronwyn,” is the kind of story that leaves you feeling starry eyed for hours after you read it. I loved everything about this book! The characters, the writing, the plot, and the magic that added an entirely new dimension to the story! "Bronwyn," by Grace J. Croy is a fantasy retelling of “Mansfield Park,” by Jane Austen. It’s the last book in the Magical Regency Series but works “There comes a point when you must decide to take a step forward, trusting in a future you cannot see in the present.” “Bronwyn,” is the kind of story that leaves you feeling starry eyed for hours after you read it. I loved everything about this book! The characters, the writing, the plot, and the magic that added an entirely new dimension to the story! "Bronwyn," by Grace J. Croy is a fantasy retelling of “Mansfield Park,” by Jane Austen. It’s the last book in the Magical Regency Series but works beautifully as a stand-alone novel. Synopsis: Bronwyn was sent to live with her wealthy relatives but has never been allowed to enjoy the same luxuries as the rest of the family. Even her magic has been locked away, for fear of what would happen, were she to unleash it. For years she has lived in relative contentment at Mansfield, but now new neighbours, the Mage and Magess Torr have arrived seemingly only, to wreak havoc on her life. She is in love with her best friend Gavin, who is smitten with the beautiful and rich, Magess Lynessa Torr. To make matters worse, Bronwyn can feel her magic, so carefully locked away for years, slowly unlocking and seeping out. "One evening as she lay in bed, testing her locks, the smallest key's bit no longer caught. No matter how frantically she turned the key, it spun in a circle. She sat up in bed, drenched in panic. What did this mean? This realization causes her no small amounts of panic because her magic is the reason she had to leave home. It's on the understanding that it be kept locked away, that she can stay here. Now, for our die-hard Austeners, I feel obliged to warn you that this book doesn't entirely stay true to the original. The story line for Mansfield Park never truly captured my heart and while Grace J Croy is rather bold in presuming to improve upon Jane Austen's classic, the little plot twist was just delightful! The magic system has me truly fascinated. I don’t read a lot of fantasy but this...just...give me moreeeee! And since we’re here, please take a moment to appreciate Mage Rion with me. I love him so much!! Obviously ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 And just a tip, while it’s not necessarily a christmassy book, it definitely has all the right vibes to cozy up with at this time of year.😘 I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    Absolutely loved it! I've never been very interested in Mansfield Park before, but this magical take on it captured my attention and held on to the last second. The ending is different, but that is part of what makes it so good. I loved the way Grace J. Croy developed the characters over the course of the book, gradually and naturally revealing their motives and true personalities. It makes the magic fit in so well! Absolutely loved it! I've never been very interested in Mansfield Park before, but this magical take on it captured my attention and held on to the last second. The ending is different, but that is part of what makes it so good. I loved the way Grace J. Croy developed the characters over the course of the book, gradually and naturally revealing their motives and true personalities. It makes the magic fit in so well!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Demsky

    This magical, fantasy, suspenseful, enchanting retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park purely delighted and entertained me through the whole reading of it. Truly amazing how everyone, all of which had magical talents, decided to use them for good, for revenge and/or just plain survivial…plus Wyvern lived in the forest nearby. A quick fast lovely read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    This is the first novel I have read by this author and I definitely enjoyed her writing style. I am not super familiar with Austen's Mansfield Park, though I have a basic knowledge of the overall story. I really liked how this author incorporated elements of magic and her own fun twists into this story and the fresh take on the characters. I also think I enjoyed her ending way more than the original. It just fit better with how the story was going and I also felt like the romance was way more be This is the first novel I have read by this author and I definitely enjoyed her writing style. I am not super familiar with Austen's Mansfield Park, though I have a basic knowledge of the overall story. I really liked how this author incorporated elements of magic and her own fun twists into this story and the fresh take on the characters. I also think I enjoyed her ending way more than the original. It just fit better with how the story was going and I also felt like the romance was way more believable. A clean read, this is a cute story fans of Regency with a twist will surely enjoy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erica Holcomb

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *Potential Spoiler* I thoroughly enjoyed this adaption of Mansfield Park. It was well written and an enjoyable, quick read. I don't want to give anything away but I was beginning to think I was the only one who had the same view I did on a particular matter. *Potential Spoiler* I thoroughly enjoyed this adaption of Mansfield Park. It was well written and an enjoyable, quick read. I don't want to give anything away but I was beginning to think I was the only one who had the same view I did on a particular matter.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Victoria B.

    A retelling of Austen's Mansfield Park. I have never read Mansfield Park (or any other Austen book, for that matter). So I can't comment as to how they compare. But I enjoyed this book - it was easy reading and I finished it within about a day and a half. Pacing was good, and the magic was present without completely overwhelming the plot. I'll probably read another book from her series at some point in the future. I received a complimentary copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway in exchange f A retelling of Austen's Mansfield Park. I have never read Mansfield Park (or any other Austen book, for that matter). So I can't comment as to how they compare. But I enjoyed this book - it was easy reading and I finished it within about a day and a half. Pacing was good, and the magic was present without completely overwhelming the plot. I'll probably read another book from her series at some point in the future. I received a complimentary copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shaylin Maxwell

    This was the first book in this series that I have read and I absolutely loved it! I thought the story was wonderful. It was the perfect blend of regency and magic- it was so much fun to read. I loved the characters and the plot. Once I started reading I could not put it down so I read it all in one day. I will be getting book #1 right away and the rest of the series after that!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Martin

    Such a wonder adaptation I didn’t know if I would enjoy this one since the original is one of my least favorite Austin Novels. But the author made it a story that I loved. The insight, the characters, and the ending. I loved it all

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laree

    Honestly, her version is better than Austen's. And I really like Mansfield park, so that's saying something. So many parts of Mansfield that never quite made sense (never having actually been a part of an awful materialistic Regency nobility family), she changed just enough to be beautiful. Oh, and the ending! loved this one! Honestly, her version is better than Austen's. And I really like Mansfield park, so that's saying something. So many parts of Mansfield that never quite made sense (never having actually been a part of an awful materialistic Regency nobility family), she changed just enough to be beautiful. Oh, and the ending! loved this one!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I did like this book. I liked seeing Bronwyn’s growth. I would have liked to see her use her magic a bit more in the end. I see where the author is coming from in changing the ending from the original but I went into the book biased knowing that Rion is not the guy and that Gavin has an epiphany in the end so it weirded me out that that was not the case. It would have been nice to have Bronwyn tell Gavin off for his flip flop or something.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abby Vincere

    Okay, so I haven't read the whole thing yet, so this isn't a "proper" or contextual review (yet). But despite dithering on buying this book and giving it a chance, because it was obvious from certain reviews and that ghastly tagline what the "big twist" was, and I finally got confirmation from one of the reviewers (like pulling teeth for a while there!), I couldn't resist a fantasy version of Mansfield Park. Come on, if I don't read this despite my better judgement, then I just won't be ME! My ch Okay, so I haven't read the whole thing yet, so this isn't a "proper" or contextual review (yet). But despite dithering on buying this book and giving it a chance, because it was obvious from certain reviews and that ghastly tagline what the "big twist" was, and I finally got confirmation from one of the reviewers (like pulling teeth for a while there!), I couldn't resist a fantasy version of Mansfield Park. Come on, if I don't read this despite my better judgement, then I just won't be ME! My childhood love of Cinderella retellings has grown up into a passion for reimaginings of Mansfield Park. But, just like with Cinderella, I can't STAND it when the author so obviously misses the point of the original! I was so so so hoping the author note would point out something I hadn't thought of before, would justify the change, and was really excited to have my mind expanded and think differently. I love how books can be looked at from different angles! But, nope, it's the same tired Fanny/Henry argument I've never agreed with. Austen's sister wanted them to end up together. Well whoopie freaking dooo. Fanny deserved better, followed by that same misconstrued quote about if how Henry had been steadfast Fanny would have been his reward. That's just it! Fanny doesn't deserve to be some playboy's reward. She deserves to HAVE a reward of her own, EDMUND is supposed to be her reward, she's earned him by being kind and steadfast and it's beautiful. So, yeah, I read the ending first and it blows, big time. But I'm not gonna lie, flipping through it, the rest of the book does sound pretty interesting and I'm glad I got it. "He will make her happy, but she will make him everything" -- gag! (Real post reading review to come.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jasmyn

    A breath of fresh air! Withering Heights is one of my least favourite Austin novels, and yet Bronwyn has ended up being my favourite in this fantasy retelling series (I've enjoyed them all by the way)! I found the writing so beautiful, it flowed so nicely. A fantastic job incorporating magic and such a wonderful ending! I am so satisfied with this ending, but I also want more so I can still be lost in this world that Croy has created. This book and all others in this series are clean which is some A breath of fresh air! Withering Heights is one of my least favourite Austin novels, and yet Bronwyn has ended up being my favourite in this fantasy retelling series (I've enjoyed them all by the way)! I found the writing so beautiful, it flowed so nicely. A fantastic job incorporating magic and such a wonderful ending! I am so satisfied with this ending, but I also want more so I can still be lost in this world that Croy has created. This book and all others in this series are clean which is something I always look for when I buy my novels. Thank you Croy for allowing me to escape!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Tornello

    This book was a retelling of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, but with magic involved. It was an interesting concept. It was a bit confusing at first because all the names were changed even though the characters were the same as in the original story. While I liked this story, some of the characters were so exaggerated that they didn't feel real. Jane Austen's subtlety was lost. I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Yay! This book was a retelling of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, but with magic involved. It was an interesting concept. It was a bit confusing at first because all the names were changed even though the characters were the same as in the original story. While I liked this story, some of the characters were so exaggerated that they didn't feel real. Jane Austen's subtlety was lost. I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Yay!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laurel Kristick

    An unusual retelling of Mansfield Park with magic. It follows the bones of the story, but the characters have interesting differences and I was happy with the changes. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and am grateful to the author and publisher for the chance to enjoy this book. An unusual retelling of Mansfield Park with magic. It follows the bones of the story, but the characters have interesting differences and I was happy with the changes. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and am grateful to the author and publisher for the chance to enjoy this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sami

    3.5

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    I won this download in a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed this retelling of Mansfield Park. It has been many years since I Austen’s original and to tell the truth I don’t remember it at all. It must be that I was not very satisfied with it because I have not reread it. I have however reread this one, even in the short time since I won this download. It is of course much shorter but I found it just right and I didn’t feel there was anyplace the story was rushed. I think the point of a romance novel is I won this download in a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed this retelling of Mansfield Park. It has been many years since I Austen’s original and to tell the truth I don’t remember it at all. It must be that I was not very satisfied with it because I have not reread it. I have however reread this one, even in the short time since I won this download. It is of course much shorter but I found it just right and I didn’t feel there was anyplace the story was rushed. I think the point of a romance novel is to fall in love with the hero. The magic our hero has here is to charm people and our heroine fights that charm. When our heroine finds out that the hero’s ability is not to charm, she must rethink what she feels and starts down the path of realizing she’s already there. I liked this a lot. Since it is short, I think you should give it a try as well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mona

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Reichard

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

  30. 4 out of 5

    Terry

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