Two sisters could hardly be more different . . .
Elinor Dashwood, an architecture student, values patience and reliability. Her impulsive sister, Marianne, takes after their mother, Belle, and is fiery and creative, filling the house with her dramas and guitar playing while dreaming of going to art school.
But when their father, Henry Dashwood, dies suddenly, his whole family finds itself forced out of Norland Park, their beloved home for twenty years. Without the comfort of status, they discover that their values are severely put to the test.
Can Elinor remain stoic and restrained knowing that the man she really likes has already been ensnared by another girl? Will Marianne's faith in a one-and-only lifetime love be shaken by meeting the hottest boy in the county, John Willoughby? And in a world where social media and its opinions are the controlling forces at play, can love ever triumph over conventions and disapproval?
With her wit and eye for social nuance, Joanna Trollope casts Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility in a fresh new light to retell a wonderful coming-of-age story about young love and heartbreak, and how, when it comes to money especially, some things never change. . . .
©2013 Joanna Trollope (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
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Trollope has brought the characters of the classic Jane Austen story into the present day and made it interesting even though we who have read Austen's S&S know the ending, it still was fun to see how it would all play out in modern day circumstances. The characters were enjoyable, though I find Marian as annoying in the modern day as I do in the 1800's! Her mother seemed more silly in the modern day than the mother of Austen's S&S. I did enjoy how she treated the kindly cousin and his mother-in-law. Even Trollope had a hard time making anyone believe an intelligent, mature man would fall in love (not lust) with Marian. I laughed when the cottage they were offered turned out to be a modern efficient characterless home instead of an old restored estate worker's cottage (since in modern day we would think it wonderful to live in a quaint holiday let on an estate).
I am a huge fan of all of her books, but this one is insipid and boring with few likable characters. Ugh, I cannot believe I am listening to the end. I keep hoping it will somehow redeem itself but it reads like a poorly written romance novel or Soap Opera. The narrators "baby talk" rendition of the mothers dealing with their young children is nauseating.
Cut out the "baby talk".
Unfortunate because I have really loved her other books.
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