The Amber Cross (ebook)

The Amber Cross

An Aria Afton Presents erotic romance novella

Glamorous siblings Henry and Mary Crawford have captivated the Bertrams of Mansfield Park. The one exception is the Bertrams' shy cousin, Fanny Price. Penniless, plain and raised to believe she has little worth, Fanny has long accepted that Edmund will never love her as she loves him. He will marry another--just let it not be a girl like Mary Crawford!

But when Fanny receives an ancient amber cross, the talisman reveals to her what kind of girl Mary Crawford really is. She and her brother are succubi, out to seduce the Bertrams and consume their life force--and Henry Crawford has decided Fanny is the most delicious of them all. Timid Fanny must find the strength to resist Henry's seductive powers if she is to save her own life and that of her beloved Edmund.

A paranormal erotica mashup of Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park," "The Amber Cross" originally appeared in the Circlet Press anthology "Sense and Sensuality."

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Clare-Dragonfly's picture

Hmm

I've read the book but didn't care for it. I found Fanny unpleasant and dull, and I really wished she would get together with Henry! But I love your writing. Do you think I would like your version? It certainly does sound like it would pushy Fanny to actually do something...

MeiLin's picture

You're speaking of the original, yes?

I'm one of the few Austenites who actually likes "Mansfield Park." It's her least popular book. I see Fanny in a different light than many who see her as insipid and weak. Fanny is making the best out of a bad situation, and for someone considered weak and insipid she sure stands up for her own integrity, however quietly. Had she stood up for herself any more loudly she would have been turned out on her ear, not to mention that it wasn't her way. Shy girls get to be the heroines sometimes, and this was one of them.

Fanny does her level best to live up to the impossible expectations of women, especially women in her situation, in her time period--and when she does, she gets nothing but scorn from both the people who surround her and the readers! Fanny is a highly principled young woman. Not loving Henry Crawford (we're speaking of the original book here, folks, not "The Amber Cross") is a sign she's a smart cookie. Henry would not have changed an inch once he'd won her. They would have married and he would have been done with her in a year. She knew it, and so resisted the brilliant marriage even in the face of her uncle's deep disapprobation--an uncle who terrified her and who she wanted nothing more than to please.

I have no idea if you'd like my version or not. Only one way to find out. Smiling

Cheez-It's picture

Have to agree

Have to agree with your interpretation of Austen's Fanny, completely. Highly sensitive, highly principled, not weak. If she were weak, she'd have done what everyone wanted her to do, in order to win their approval. When the uncle came home from his overseas trip and was unintentionally cruel to her and she ran upstairs to cry for half an hour, it broke my heart. Many women would have transmuted the pain into anger and acted out. Fanny is complicated.

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