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The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love The author of Friends, Enemies offers a fresh, funny new novel about sisterhood, friendship, and romance I have a soft spot for modern adaptations of classics can you tell from my list of books here on Goodreads , and my favorite is when those adaptations are from Austen s books The Dashwood Sisters Secrets of Love tells the story of Ellie, Abby and Georgie yes, Margaret s character is finally included who must move with their mother to another town after their father remarries and dies So far with the plot, so good.However, I found, similarly to the book Jane by April Lindner, there was a I have a soft spot for modern adaptations of classics can you tell from my list of books here on Goodreads , and my favorite is when those adaptations are from Austen s books The Dashwood Sisters Secrets of Love tells the story of Ellie, Abby and Georgie yes, Margaret s character is finally included who must move with their mother to another town after their father remarries and dies So far with the plot, so good.However, I found, similarly to the book Jane by April Lindner, there was a lack of integrity to the real story In the original, Eleanor is kind, intelligent and social, but not obnoxious Ellie, however, is shy and bossy to her sisters Marianne, in S and S, is impetuous but she is good hearted Abby, to contrast, is vain and selfish and doesn t learn her lesson until the end of the book And Margaret is just thankful that she makes an appearance as Georgie with an actual plot line for herself one of the things Ms Rushton actually did right All in all, it fell short of what I expected Not My Favorite YA AustenesqueSource PurchasedThe Dashwood sisters are having a bad year first their dad divorces their mom leaving her broken hearted and marries another woman, Pandora a self absorbed nightmare that spends their dad s money and makes him change everything about himself Then, their dad suddenly and tragically passes away from a stress induced heart attack But that isn t all Mr Dashwood was stressed because of some heavy financial losses, and now all he left his family Not My Favorite YA AustenesqueSource PurchasedThe Dashwood sisters are having a bad year first their dad divorces their mom leaving her broken hearted and marries another woman, Pandora a self absorbed nightmare that spends their dad s money and makes him change everything about himself Then, their dad suddenly and tragically passes away from a stress induced heart attack But that isn t all Mr Dashwood was stressed because of some heavy financial losses, and now all he left his family with are his debts Due to the legalities of their father s will and recent business transactions the Dashwood sisters are forced to leave their ancestral home, school, and friends to relocate to an available cottage far from all they knew and loved.But the sisters have some distractions in the love department to help them cope with these new changes Ellie, who is never really one to have crushes, finds herself drawn to her step mom s artsy and kind nephew, Blake Edward Abby seems to have caught the eye of two guys in her new village and finds herself in a bit of a double love triangle And although Georgie would much rather go on thrilling adventures and ride her skateboard, she finds that having boys interested in her as a girl may not be so bad after all I ve always been a fan of Young Adult Austenesque and am a firm believer that these books could lead young readers to the wonderful delight of discovering Jane Austen s novels Rosie Rushton is quite prolific in the Young Adult genre and has published six books in her 21st Century Jane Austen series, one for each major Jane Austen work This is her first book in that series.I enjoyed several of the clever twists and updates to this story, such as transforming Fanny Dashwood into the evil stepmom, Pandora In addition, I thought the whole divorce debt moving out of childhood home parallel was believable and a fitting comparison to what took place in Jane Austen s original novel But my favorite modern alteration was the focus on Georgie Margaret Dashwood I loved that she was into extreme sports, had a strong will, and received a lotpage time.However, one part of the story I thought a bit lacking was the characters they all felt a little one dimensional and could have benefited from a littlefleshing out especially the heroes While at first I liked sensitive and artsy Blake, I later became frustrated and disappointed in him He showed a lot of weakness, and his wanting to kiss Ellie before breaking up with his girlfriend was a bit of a turn off In addition, the Marianne Brandon storyline felt a little bit muddied because of Abby s friend Chloe who was crushing on dating Nick Brandon while Nick was wanting Abby Both Nick and Blake were a little too far removed from and not as likable as their Regency counterparts for my taste.Overall, there didn t seem to be much substance or depth to the story I know this is a Young Adult novel, and I m not expecting it to be ber serious or deeply complex But at the same time, I ve read better Sass and Serendipity, Pride and Popularity, and Seeking Mansfield to name a few I thought it was a missed opportunity by the author to explore some of the interesting themes that are prevalent in Jane Austen s work the dichotomy of two opposite natures, the relationships between sisters, sense vs sensibility Instead it was a light hearted and frothy tale.For young adult readers with no previous knowledge of Jane Austen and her works, I think this novel will delight and entertain, and hopefully induce them to read Jane Austen s novels But for this Jane Austen fan, who has had the pleasure of reading some superb, thoughtful, and sensitive Young Adult updates, I m afraid I found it only tolerable by comparison.Austenesque Reviews I am of mixed feelings about this book The plot was decent, and you could see elements of the original Sense and Sensibility It followed fairly close, and you could tell what events were supposed to match up I am not sure if I agree with some of the things that were changed to accommodate modern times In my opinion Sense and Sensibility is the hardest book of Jane Austen s to set in modern times because of how much societal norms, and laws have changed She does okay, but I think I would ha I am of mixed feelings about this book The plot was decent, and you could see elements of the original Sense and Sensibility It followed fairly close, and you could tell what events were supposed to match up I am not sure if I agree with some of the things that were changed to accommodate modern times In my opinion Sense and Sensibility is the hardest book of Jane Austen s to set in modern times because of how much societal norms, and laws have changed She does okay, but I think I would have done things differently The three girls Ellie Elinor , Abby Marianne , and Georgie Margaret were much like the originals I loved how much she brought Georgie into the story, and gave her a little bitdepth I ABSOLUTELY did not like what she did with ALL the male characters Blake, who is the Edward character, the way he was written instead of being honorable he seemed weak and vacillating The Colonel Brandon character, Nick, was pushy and annoying It irritated me because Colonel Brandon is one of my favorite Jane Austen heroes I love how he treated everyone, and patiently waited for Marianne, and how devoted he was I really didn t like what she did with Abby Marianne and Hunter Willoughby I won t go into detail so as not to spoil, but it could have been done better Overall I liked it, and enjoyed reading it, but when I started to analyze it closely, and really pick it apart I foundandthat bugged me If I don t think of it as a modern day Sense and Sensibility I would rate it higher It deviates too much from Jane Austen s creation, especially the characters, which is what Jane was so good at Like the book, this review is going to be a quick, easy read The plot is almost exactly that of Sense and Sensibility, just a modernized version My first reaction was disappointment that the author didn t even try to copy Austen s beautiful prose or understated humor Once I got past that, I was better able to enjoy the book for what it was Elinor and Marianne were both updated very nicely Like the actions of Austen s characters, the update wasn t predictable but just felt right Of course E Like the book, this review is going to be a quick, easy read The plot is almost exactly that of Sense and Sensibility, just a modernized version My first reaction was disappointment that the author didn t even try to copy Austen s beautiful prose or understated humor Once I got past that, I was better able to enjoy the book for what it was Elinor and Marianne were both updated very nicely Like the actions of Austen s characters, the update wasn t predictable but just felt right Of course Elinor would be good at academics Of course Marianne would act I was also impressed by the way the update translated events with no modern equivalent For instance, some of the social constraints on the original characters actions have no longer exist, but the author managed to come up with suitable substitutes.Objectively, I think this probably deserves two starts The characters were two dimensional stereotypes and I occasionally found their actions unbelievable The writing wasn t anything special But when I finished it, I would have said I liked it I had fun reading it and enjoyed seeing the author s creativity in making the update, so three stars it is This review first published on Doing Dewey.

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