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

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  1,102 Ratings  ·  182 Reviews
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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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
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
Mar 16, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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
Jun 28, 2011 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Julie Graves
Jul 27, 2011 Julie Graves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
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Patillo found a formal and in this book wore it down to a nub. All enthusiasm I may have had for the first two dwindled away as I raced to read this book almost to get it over with. The characters were flat and stereotypical. The romance was cheesy and forced. Things got a little better in parts, but it was mostly predictable, especially if you have any knowledge of Sense and Sensibility. 1.5 stars.
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 might make you happy in the moment, but you'll realize afterwards that there's nothing of substance.
Nov 25, 2012 Raya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 17, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been dipping into this without paying
proper attention but finally I got caught up
in the fun of it and the three sets of sisters -
Jane & Cassandra, Elinor & Marianne and
Ellen & Mimi. It is quite entertaining and nice
refreshing combination of romance, mystery
and JAFF!
Apr 26, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bit predictable since it follows Sense and Sensibility, but such fun I didn't mind. This was my favorite book of hers so far.
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.
Maria Birnell
OK, I was torn between 2 and 3 stars but decided to go with 3 because I did enjoy parts of it and it is a quick, light read. Certainly not the best Austen-inspired book I have read but not the worst.

My main issues with this are the female characters are soooo sterotypical and brainless in parts that it made me roll my eyes. My other huge issue is that the sisters keep saying their mother ruined them for real relationships because of her love of Austen novels. That she taught them to expect perf
Melody McBride
Mar 01, 2017 Melody McBride rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again
This is by far my favorite Beth Patillo book I've read so far, probably because there was actually quite a happy ending and not much bitterness. In previous books I'd read by her, they left me wanting more sweetness, more gentleness, and I felt like this provided that. I quite enjoyed it, especially the relationship between the sisters, and how they both changed throughout the book.

5 stars.
Vicki Jones
It was an interesting book that would appeal to any Jane Austin fan. It included a lot of history of Jane Austin mixed into the storyline.

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
Dec 24, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars

It's a very light and short read with a touch of mystery to it – and that mystery part of this book was what kept me going. I love how in-depth the author had decided to write about Jane and Cassandra Austen, because all the information was so interesting! Apparently, the author further made the connection with the Austens by creating a pair of sisters very similar to Jane Austen's characters in Sense and Sensibility. Although I've never read it before
Feb 23, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 19, 2011 LiteraryMarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 17, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
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
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
Apr 20, 2011 LuAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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" very sensible that even the reader feels weary of her sensible shoes and sensible clothes
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
Apr 03, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-adult
Far more predictable than the last two books. I figured out who did what not even halfway through the book. This time around The author didn't attempt to hide who the "villain" was. Therefore, in my already exhausted state it made me shake my head on multiple occasions just to stay awake. Yes, it was that boring and yes it was that predictable. The uniqueness that was the ending, to the first part of this somewhat series, has all but been replaced with an irritating cliche. I also have a problem ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Tami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 15, 2015 Patti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While cruising the shelves in my local bookstore I noticed “The Dashwood Sisters Tell All”, and it was marked way down so I checked it out. Normally I avoid fictional Jane Austen spin-offs – and that’s what I should have done with this one. My curiosity hook was the JA Walking Tour the characters were taking in England. I have walked many miles touring the beautiful English countryside and am always eager to learn more about Jane Austen and her family. It sounded like a fun diversion.

This modern
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  • My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park
  • Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart
  • Dearest Cousin Jane
  • Expectations of Happiness: A Companion Volume to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility
  • The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice: A Modern Love Story with a Jane Austen Twist (The Woods Hole Quartet #1)
  • Christmas at Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Holiday Sequel
  • Austentatious
  • The Darcy Cousins
  • Persuade Me (Darcy & Friends, #2)
  • The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma's Match (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #5)
  • Mr. Darcy's Little Sister
  • The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy
  • Undressing Mr. Darcy
  • Darcy on the Hudson: A Pride and Prejudice Re-imagining
  • A Darcy Christmas
  • Assumed Engagement

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Adventures with Jane Austen and her Legacy (3 books)
  • Jane Austen Ruined My Life
  • Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart

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