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. Since Finley moved in with her godparents after the death of her father, she and Oliver have grown close. If Finley could just take Oliver’s constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she’d finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater. But when teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move across the street from the Bertrams, they shake up Finley and Oliver’s stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Finley realizes that Harlan’s attention is shifting to her. She discovers she might have feelings for him too. Or, is she only interested in Harlan because Oliver is taken? 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.
Page Count: 312
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.25
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Theater & Musicals
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
Kate Watson is a young adult writer, wife, mother of two and the tenth of thirteen children. Originally from Canada, she attended college in the States and holds a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. Seeking Mansfield is her first novel, with a companion novel to follow in 2018. She is also a contributor to Eric Smith’s WELCOME HOME adoption anthology (FLUX 2017).
“This debut ultimately weaves an impressive mosaic and is an excellent selection for fans of young adult literature that is heavily thematic or romantic.” — School Library Journal
“A commendable adaptation of a 200-year-old tale made fresh for a 21st-century audience.” — Kirkus Reviews
“[Seeking Mansfield] will especially appeal to theater kids and celebrity-culture enthusiasts.”— Booklist
“This story—a modern-day retelling of the Jane Austen novel—will definitely appeal to girls in your school. Word of mouth might make this one a popular read.” — School Library Connection
“Watson has created a charming romance with complicated characters, love triangles, and themes related to family, duty, and finding oneself.”— ALAN Review
“Refreshing and sweet. Watson delivers a protagonist whose struggles feel both believable and real.” — Foreword Magazine
2017 Foreword INDIES Finalist – Young Adult Fiction