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Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope

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List Price: £4.99


Kindle Edition: 417 Pages.

Published: 24 October 2013 by HarperCollins

Edition: UK ed.

ISBN: 000746178X

EAN: 9780007461783

Two sisters could hardly be more different.

Elinor Dashwood, an architecture student, values discretion above all. Her impulsive sister Marianne displays her creativity everywhere as she dreams of going to art school.

But when the family finds itself forced out of Norland Park, their beloved home for twenty years, their values are severely put to the test.

Can Elinor remain stoic knowing that the man she likes has been ensnared by another girl? Will Marianne’s faith in love be shaken by meeting the hottest boy in the county? And when social media is the controlling force at play, can love ever triumph over conventions and disapproval?


5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

An excellent retelling

The author has accepted the challenge to update Jane Austen's classic to a contemporary setting and achieved it brilliantly. This is an excellent romance in its own right but is greatly enhanced when you know the original and can see what she has done to update it. If you haven't read the original I think that you may well enjoy this book in its own right.

The story revolves around three sisters and their mother who are forced by circumstances to move to a "cottage" in the country when the house that they have been living in was willed to someone else (a nicely updated situation there). Eleanor is the sensible sister who realises that they need to make money and begin to look after themselves instead of being provided for by men. She falls in love with the brother of her sister in law but finds that he is curiously evasive.

Marianne is the more silly sister. She is in love with love itself and finds herself badly let down by a man who doesn't share her understanding and who has a more mercenary outlook. Their mother is suitably vague and the youngest sister Margaret plays a larger role in this retelling than in the original - and adds a welcome touch of humour at important moments.

I really loved this updating. I thought that it was clever and the story was well told - you lose some of Jane Austen's irony but gain a lot of fun in comparing the two versions as you read. In line with the original everything is beautifully resolved by the end. An excellent version of this classic story.

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