The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love
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The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love (21st century Austen #1)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  945 ratings  ·  118 reviews
The author of Friends, Enemies offers a fresh, funny new novel about sisterhood, friendship, and romance.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 15th 2006 by Disney-Hyperion (first published February 25th 2005)
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Katie/Doing Dewey
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...more
I read this book, way, WAY, WAY, back in the day!
I was like 8?10?11? I sure as hell don't know, but I remember really loving this book.
I found it at our local library, and even at that young age I adored Jane Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice.

'The Secrets Of Love' is a quirky modern take on Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility but with added humor.
If you do,indeed, love Jane Austen as much as I do, you should give this book a go.
I was rather surprised when I saw this book was not on any J...more
In Modern day England, the privileged Dashwood Sisters' lives changed for the worse (in their opinion) when their parents divorced and their father married a health nut trophy wife. Their situation worsens after their father passes away and they are uprooted from his ancestral home in Suffolk to small, sea-side Norfolk, where they have to watch their budget (which is nearly zip) and deal with an overly zealous relative who is allowing them to stay in her cottage rent-free.

This book was better th...more
This is about three sisters Ellie, Abby, and Georgie who live in England and have to deal with their parents being divorced, an annoying stepmother, a horrible tragedy, and everything boy drama.
Apparently this is supposed to be a modern take on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, which I honestly did not know when I started reading it. Having never read Sense and Sensibility I cannot say whether or not it is a good retelling, but I can tell you it was a good novel to read.

The story is that of 3 sisters who lose their father to a heart attack. After his death, the family learns of the debt that their father left behind, and in turn are forced to move from the house that they had spent...more
Ellie, Abbie and Georgie Dashwood are three sisters who couldn’t be more different from each other. Ellie is the responsible goody-goody, Abbie is the boy-crazy drama queen and Georgie is the adventurous adrenaline junkie. A year ago, everything changed for the girls when their parents divorced and their dad married a younger woman named Pandora. The girls and their mother kept the house in Brighton, while their dad lives in London with his new wife. Pandora is self-involved and a nightmare of a...more
After reading the atrocity of Sass and Serendipity last year, I was doubtful that I would find a good modern day Austen interepretation. Most of what is out there is drivel and muck, dumbing down the essentials and humor into a poorly-written teen flick.

Ms. Rushton's book was different. She kept the intricate family relationship found in Austen's story. Unlike other adaptions, she kept the character of Margaret (Georgie,) and gave her an individual plotline instead of writing her out entirely. T...more
I chose this because I have a thing for Jane Austen-influenced literature and for Young Adult lit. This happened to be both. It really took me till about page 100 before I felt like this book was really a modern adaptation (isn't that a fun word to say) of Sense and Sensibility. The author did a lot of background work/set up before actually getting to the main part of the story. I found I didn't like the characters much except maybe Ellie. The character meant to be Wiloughby-ish you dislike almo...more
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Sandra Strange
This novel, dubbed an “engaging homage to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility on the cover, sets the story in modern England, and updates the plot and characters accordingly. It would be fun to let students read both and contrast them. The book is typically British young adult: it treats sexual matters in a frank and direct manner that might be offensive to more conservative readers, but the treatment is not explicit, is tasteful, and reflects positive values (though premarital sex is taken for...more
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...more
Maritony Ante
This is a fantastic YA novel.

Ellie, Abby and Georgie are three sisters living with their divorced mother, hating their step-mother, and each trying to find themselves with boys, school and life. Then tragedy happens and everything they knew is pulled out from under them. This novel is full of twists and turns, and you don't know who is going to end up with who, and who is going to be okay. Fresh and crisp writing make this a really quick read.

This book was ok. It is interesting from the stand po...more
Bridget R. Wilson
[Very fluffy...I expected better, but as you can tell from the cover, it's pure unadulterated chick lit.:]

Do you remember the Dashwood family from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility? Well, author Rosie Rushton has brought them into the 21st century. Elinor is now Ellie. She still loves the unattainable guy. Marianne is transformed into Abby, still as flighty as ever. Margaret, the youngest Dashwood sister, is Georgie, but this time she has her own story to tell.

What I thought: I picked this boo...more
A decent update of Sense and Sensibility, but nothing amazing. I'm clearly a purist, because the things that bothered me were: the awkward and unnecessary Georgie romance, the truly obnoxious text messages, the extremely long set up for the actual story, and the rushed ending. On the other hand, I loved Ellie (Elinor), and was annoyed by Abby (Marianne), which held true from the original.

The Blake (Edward) plot was a bit harder to pull off this time, because while an engagement was for all inten...more
This was a decent book. I never really got bored with it and there were some pretty good elements in it, but I found a lot of it a bit cliché. The book had point of views from all three sisters. Ellie is the oldest and bookish one. She deals with her guy problem as I expect most would in her situation.(Which is quite a difficult one) Abby is next and is a drama queen. She is a "boy expert" and is what I dislike in a girl pertaining to guys. She breaks rules, abandons her friends, and lies about...more
Lindsay Heller
I was sort of interested in how someone would update Sense and Sensibility when I found this in a thrift shop. I have an inkling that the two other, that I know of, updates would probably be better than this version but it wasn't bad. It started stronger than it finished, especially as by then then the character, endearing when written by Austen, were grating here. It was a decent modernization, but I couldn't help thinking how I would have done it better.
I love Jane Austen, so this title naturally caught my eye. It was a quick read and quite silly, but I was rather chuffed by the British colloquialisms...

Content: some swearing, references to a girl's decision to have or not have sex (nothing graphic, *spoiler alert - she decides not to*), and teenagers being rude to elders.
It's not a book I'd particularly recommend for these reasons.


What would happen if you took three teenaged girls from the wealty community of Kentfield in Marin county in northern California and, through a set of circumstances beyond their control, forced them to move along with their mother to the small agricultural community of Point Reyes? It would most likely be similar to what happens to the main characters in a modern-day adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensability. Author Rosie Rushton has updated the story of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood and...more
This book is about about three sisters, Ellie, Abbey, Geogrie. Their family was slowly falling apart after their parents got divorced. Their father got re-married to the barbie doll, Pandora. Of whom they do not like. When the Dashwoods' father dies he has recently changed his will to leave the house, which Ellie, Georgie, and Abbey were currently staying in with their mother, to his new wife Pandora. He left them with no money and no house. The Dashwood family were forced to move into a neighbo...more
I really can't recommend this book. None of the characters had any of the charm they do in Sense and Sensibility and I wasn't rooting for any of the couples to get together. It did not feel modern, in a way it felt more dated than Austen. If you're looking for a distraction, it's fine. But "fine" is as good as it gets.
Despite the fact that this book was printed in FUTURA typeface (honestly, WHY do they do that? To look hip?! Serifs were invented for a REASON), it's actually slightly decent. Unfortunately, the characters are all ones we've met before (practical sister, tomboy sister, and fashion/boy crazy sister). Luckily the author has an excellent source to take the plot from, so the plot (ESPECIALLY when it's not about boys) is decent enough, and there are occasional funny lines, which save the book. A whol...more
You don't read many retellings of Sense and Sensibility so it was a treat to read The Dashwood Sisters. It was a very quick read but enjoyable. The characters have similar personalities to those in the Jane Austen book, but tweaked just enough to fit them into a more 21st Century setting. The little quotes at the beginning of each chapter are cute, an example being " There is nothing you should be gentler with then love---except possibly newborn kittens". These lines gave a quick one sentence gl...more
McKenna Kay
Picked up this book because it was only $2 and didn't put it down until it was finished
Andi Ricche
Nice rewrite of S&S - young adult.
This book was amazing! Best book ever!! I loved the characters so much! You don't expect what happens at the end. I haven't heard about the actual Jane Austen book, but I think when you read Rosie Rushton's 21st Century Austen, you get more out of them if you don't know what happens at the end, pretty much like any book. Although, I know the story of Pride and Prejudice and when I read Love, Lies and Lizzie, another of Rosie Rushton's Austen books, I enjoyed noting the contrasts between her book...more
cute, short, and sweet!
Adriana Felix
This book was really interesting. The love story that was told in this book was different from every other love story. It was full of drama, of course, but it had a twist. It involved young love with a more mature love. The thing that made it more interesting was the fact that there were three sisters and they were all stugleing. This book had it all from a girls first kiss to a walk on the beach, I thought it was great And would recomed it to antone that enjoys a good modern love story.
Alexandria McCarthy
I had nothing to read since i abandoned Pride and Prejudice. Then i had this book lying around- it was a book my cousin recommended to me but i never thought i'd get around to reading it. I decided i'd try to read it, and if i didnt like it then i'd make a dash to the bookstore. but i liked it! it was interesting and cute! it wasnt exactly what i thought i'd be reading, but i really enjoyed it and couldnt stop reading it!
Dieu Linh Nguyen
Nov 07, 2011 Dieu Linh Nguyen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
I never read Sense and Sensibility before, but I have to say, I'd love the book though :)

The Secrets of Love has been a joy to read. The story of the Dashwood family, Ellie, Abby, Georgie, also Julia and everyone else around their lives, all fascinating and interesting. Of course, there were a lot of troubles set along the way, but in the end, things are sort out for everyone.

I just have to say, I love the book :)
This was a very intersting book. It's about three sisters who's dad dies and they have to move and all this dramatic stuff, but what I really liked about the book, was how there were three sisters who lived together and everything, but they had completely different personalities. The author really expresses how everyone is different, even in families. I really did love it! Oh, it was also very romantic! LOL
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Rosie Rushton began her career as a feature writer for a local paper. Staying Cool, Surviving School was her first book, published by Piccadilly Press in 1993. After writing another non-fiction title, You’re My Best Friend, I Hate You! (available from Puffin), Rosie turned to fiction.

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