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The Dashwood Sisters Tell All (Adventures with Jane Austen and her Legacy #3)

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Ellen and Mimi Dodge have never been close, but their mother's dying wish sends them on a walking tour of Hampshire, England, that follows in the footsteps of Jane Austen. Their mother also left them something else: a diary that belonged to Jane's sister Cassandra. These pages shed light on the secrets that nearly tore the Austen sisters apart and inspired one of the great...more
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Published (first published March 25th 2011)
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Laurel
Great fun - nourishing Jane Austen fans sense and romance readers sensibilities!

Following Jane Austen Ruined My Life (2009) and Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart (2010), Austenesque author Beth Pattillo presents the third book in the “Formidables Series,” The Dashwood Sisters Tell All. If you are wondering what “Formidables” are, besides being the thread that binds all three of these modern Jane Austen themed novels together, it is a clever play on Jane’s own stern moniker for herself and her sister Cass...more
Maria Grazia
Beth Pattillo knows how to make me feel better in stressful times. The same happened while reading Mr Dracy Broke My Heart last year, I found relief and escapism in a well-written, all-delight modern Austenesque tale.
Beth Pattillo follows the same successful "recipe" she used for her previous work and the result is a delicious, tasty new novel, released at the beginning of this month and celebrating the bicentenary of Sense and Sensibility. What are the "ingredients" I recognized in The Dashwood...more
Ruth
My Comments:
This was a treadmill book and I'm quickly coming to the conclusion that good treadmill books are easy reads with fast-moving plots--nothing I have to think about too much and something that makes me want to keep reading rather that to save it for tomorrow. The Dashwood Sisters Tell All fit the bill perfectly.

Ellen and Mimi are sisters. Ellen is practical, Mimi is not. Both are in their 30's and single. They don't hate each other, but there is always friction when they are together....more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Ellen and Mimi Dodge are two sisters with personalities that do not mesh well together. Separated by several states, they've grown apart and their relationship has somewhat deteriorated over the years. But since it is their mother's last wish, Ellen and Mimi are traveling to England together to find an appropriate place to scatter their mother's ashes. Their mother, anticipating her death from cancer, prepared for her daughters to take a Jane Austen walking tour of Hampshire, England, which incl...more
Julie Graves
Ellen and Mimi are fulfilling their mother's last wish by embarking on a walking tour of Hampshire, England. Their mother was a Jane Austen fan and her dying wish was for her daughters to walk the countryside that Jane herself had lived in.

Ellen and Mimi have never been close. Ellen is the sensible sister and Mimi has always been the flighty sister. Neither woman has been lucky in love. Ellen feels that she has always had to clean up Mimi's romantic disasters and Ellen herself lost the love of h...more
Mjohnson
To put it plainly, Pattillo needs a better critique group. This story had a lot of potential and there were some great elements, even though we were reading main characters who, once again, weren't "into Austen that much" (much like "Mr Darcy Broke My Heart"), which was a bit disappointing. However...the ending was really great!

Some picky points:
- Ellen is described at every turn as being "sensible"...so very sensible that even the reader feels weary of her sensible shoes and sensible clothes...more
Courtney Brown
2.25 stars.

This was a cute, easy-read of a book...definitely chick lit. I liked the sisters very much, and seeing their relationship change was great growth. However, most of this book was rushed or extremely unrealistic. All the twists just seemed silly, so I couldn't buy into anything that was being said.

This book is like eating candy ...it might make you happy in the moment, but you'll realize afterwards that there's nothing of substance.
Raya
A Modern Day novel, of the Dashwood Sisters from Sense and Sensibility. As much as I love Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility, is not my favorite book.

That being said, this was a mysterious, romance, set on a Jane Austen walking touring, and it was ok. Unfortunately predictable. On the upside, it's a really quick read.
Kim
A quick easy read. The premise was interesting, the Austen sisters' secret diaries, etc. It loosely follows Sense & Sensibility with the modern day sisters. It was nice to read about a DIFFERENT Austen book, for a change.
MASH
Can't wait to read this next book in the series. I loved "Jane Austen ruined my life" and "Mr Darcy broke my heart!". Great stories and great covers.
Sandi
It was just okay.... I feel to be a true Jane Austen fan fiction, there needed to be more similarities... Strong, smart women, for instance. These two sisters seemed to lack a bit. Mimi, especially. It was a bit rushed . One week and everyone falls in love??? I felt it was very predictable and no real thrill to the story. Of these three books by Patillo, I enjoyed Mr. Darcy broke my Heart, the most. All three were fine, but not thrilling. I'd recommend of you're in the car for a ten hour drive a...more
LiteraryMarie
Ellen and Mimi Dodge are sisters forced to travel together through England because their mother, a devoted Austen fan, makes it a requirement in her will. The sisters were to participate in a Jane Austen themed walking tour in Hampshire, then agree on the most appropriate place to scatter her ashes. Only then would the sisters be entitled to receive an inheritance.

The purpose of the tour was to hopefully bring the Dodge sisters closer together. They couldn't be more different. In Jane Austen ter...more
Kat
This was my first Austen inspired book so I had high expectations...but my thoughts are a bit mixed. Of course, it's fun to relive a beloved story; yet, the retelling is a bit too similar to the original for me. Obviously, set in the modern times gives it a new edge but I knew exactly what was going to happen the entire time I was reading - no fun! Ellen = Elinor, Mimi = Marianne, Colonel Tom = Colonel Brandon, Ethan = Willoughby, Daniel = Edward...and this is not at all a spoiler because the au...more
Michelle
This is the third book in the loosely related Jane Austen series, and follows the schema of Sense and Sensibility. Ellen and Mimi are two very different sisters who are going on a walking tour of Jane Austen's England as a final request of their mother who has recently died. Ellen is surprised to find an old friend and unrequited love on the tour, while Mimi is charmed by local dandy, but is touched by the kindness of their tour guide towards her. Along as the Jane Austen expert is Mrs. Parrot,...more
Elizabeth
Ellen and Mimi may be sisters, but they couldn’t be more different and are not particularly close. When their mother dies they agree to her last request and go to England for a Jane Austen Walking tour. While neither is a big fan of Austen’s, knowing how their mother loved her they attempt to learn something about her. When they arrived in England they discover their mother left them a diary that may have belonged to Cassandra Austen. While trying to decide what to do with this Austen treasure t...more
Alice
Beth Pattillo est l'un des premiers auteurs austeniens que j'ai lu et qu'on se le dise, je l'adore. Elle a généralement des idées originales, un sujet polémique à débattre et avec lequel je suis rarement d'accord, mais cela rend justement ses romans attrayants et différents. Malheureusement, ici, point de polémique (ou si peu!). Heureusement, cela reste du Beth Pattillo! Passée la première déception, et même si j'ai préféré ses précédents opus, j'ai quand même apprécié ce livre pleinement. J'ai...more
Tami
The Dashwood Sisters Tell All is yet another great book from Beth Pattillo. I loved Jane Austin Ruined My Life and Mr Darcy Broke My Heart so I jumped at the opportunity to read this one too. I actually think this one is my favourite of the Jane Austin series.

The Dashwood Sisters Tell All introduces us to the Dodge Sisters: Ellen and Mimi. The two are like night and day. Mimi is all about fun, romance, and all the finer things in life. Ellen is more practical and down to earth. She`s been hurt...more
LuAnn
This is the second book by Beth Pattillo that I’ve read. The other was Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart. That one also had a Jane Austen theme and I enjoyed it as well.

These are delightful stories of modern-day people who have a connection to Austen. In The Dashwood Sisters Tell All, the two main characters are sisters and their mother, who recently passed away, was a great fan of Austen. She arranges a tour of the area where Austen lived for the two girls, who are loosely named for characters in one of...more
Meredith

Review originally posted on The Librarian Next Door:

The Dodge sisters – responsible Ellen and flighty Mimi – have never really been close, but their mother’s recent death has sent them on a walking tour of Jane Austen’s Hampshire. In order to receive their inheritance, they must follow in Austen’s footsteps and work together to figure out what to do with a priceless Austen artifact: the diary of Austen’s sister, Cassandra. Complicating matters even further are Ellen’s reunion with a long-lost co...more
Diane
I read a book last month, Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Patillo. It was a fun, light, chicklit type of thing. I've just finished this book, The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by the same author. Both books are modern day with the JA themes. This one, clearly, uses Sense and Sensibility as influence and is about two very opposite sisters. It's easy to read, good fun, light and entertaining for summer.

There is a minor character from the first book in it and some similar themes, and some of the sa...more
Sue
I really enjoyed this book. It was refreshing. The relationship between siblings especially sisters is a tricky one as I've watched with my own daughters. I loved the comparisons between Ellen and Mimi Dodge and Elinor and Marianne Dashwood...the questionings of how siblings interact. I loved the whole premise of visiting a place their mother was from with a couple different objectives. And I enjoyed the modern parallels of the girls finding or not finding romance and love with the characters of...more
Stephanie
I enjoyed the quick read, but it was super predictable. (view spoiler)

You really know how (almost) every character is going to end up by page 20 of the book, but it was still an enjoyable journey to see all their plot lines through to their respective ends. The reappearance...more
Bethany
This is probably where half-stars would come in handy - better than "okay" but not a full three-star experience. I have a love-hate relationship with this type of "fan fiction." Jane Austen remains atop my Favorite Authors list, and yet, I don't typically enjoy reading fiction that's either a continuation of one of her books or a "modern re-imagining" or "inspired by."

Patillo does a nice job of nodding to Sense and Sensibility, while creating her own characters, who experience some of the same s...more
Melissa
3.5 for Jane Austen fans. Inspires me to go on a Jane Austen tour, too. But the real highlight of this book was the sweet friendship that blossomed between two seemingly different sisters, very fun retelling of sense and sensibility. You know it's good when it makes you want to read the original again.
Jen
I thought this was going to be a cute story about sister bonding and family and it turned out to be pretty cliche and predictable. The story went quickly but that's because the dialogue is redundant and the characters are shallow. The plot is totally predictable and the sister bonding isn't even very good. The only interesting thing about this story is the random bits of Jane Austen trivia. The romantic love is forced and unbelievable - who really falls in love in a week anyway? Well, I mean som...more
Amanda
The Dashwood sisters are to do a Jane Austen tour in England going to many places that inspired Jane herself in life for and for her books. The sisters are to do this tour as a request by their mother in her will in order for them to receieve what she has left them after her death. They cannot be more different, the sisters, and you really get to watch their relationship mature and rekindle through such a great book.

Beth Pattillo has written two books prior to this with a Jane Austen inspired ai...more
Jeanne
Ellen and Mimi hardly resemble Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, but that doesn’t stop their Austen-loving mother from trying to foster closeness between them. Even from the grave!

As part of her will, their mother orders the sisters to take a walking tour of Austen’s England together. After the trip has been completed, they will receive their inheritance. Naturally, the trip is far more interesting than they anticipated. Romance abounds, Sense and Sensibility-style, of course. And there’s even a lit...more
Christy
The Dashwood Sisters Tell All is about two very different sisters whose mother – an Austen aficionado – bequeaths her estate to them in her will on the condition that they both take an Austen tour in England together. I appreciated that the sisters were not Austen fans themselves. Also, I could tell that the author did her research on the places, which was both good for Austen tidbits of knowledge and bad because sometimes the book sounded exactly like an author’s research notes. The characters...more
Lindsey
Well, this was definitely a cheesey, obvious-parody of Sense and Sensibility, but you need to read a little fluff now and again. Two sisters are in England on a tour of Jane Austen's life and history as part of a will fulfillment for their recently departed mother. The sisters are opposites, and are made out to be similar to Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Their story follows the Dashwood sisters' story quite closely, complete with a Willoughby character, a Colonel Brandon character, and an Edward...more
Becky
It was really enjoyable and kind of fun to see a modern correlation with the Dashwood sisters. It was the perfect "on-the-beach-relaxing" read.
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