At the very end of Mansfield Park, Maria Bertram goes off with her aunt Norris to live in seclusion in some backwater, excluded from decent society on account of her scandalous adulterous affair with Henry Crawford. This is a What If? Book. Suppose Maria was already expecting a baby by Henry Crawford when she retreated to the wilderness? How would that little girl, Dorothea Henrietta Rose, grow up? What would happen when she discovered her true parentage, how would she make her way in the world?

I have set out to answer these pressing questions. Expect scandal, outrageous behaviour, a return to Mansfield Park and its inhabitants, revelations and the return of the dastardly Henry and Mary Crawford.

Travelling almost the length of England and back again, Dorothea’s journey is sometimes desperate, sometimes delightful, but always gripping.

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