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The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love

(21st Century Austen #1)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,253 ratings  ·  141 reviews
The author of Friends, Enemies offers a fresh, funny new novel about sisterhood, friendship, and romance.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Hyperion Books for Children (first published February 1st 2005)
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Meg Yes, it's on page...286 of the hardcover Hyperion edition. At the start of each chapter (or "secret") is a lesson (that I have found to be pretty…moreYes, it's on page...286 of the hardcover Hyperion edition. At the start of each chapter (or "secret") is a lesson (that I have found to be pretty lame).

The entire quote/lesson is: "Absence can do two things to love: make it stronger or allow you to pretend it never existed at all." (less)

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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Not My Favorite YA Austenesque

Source: Purchased

The 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
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Katie/Doing Dewey
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Karen Barber
If you know Sense and Sensibility, you'll know the general outline to this. There's nothing new, and the characters are rather tedious.
I imagine teens who don't know the original will find elements of this funny
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
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have to admit, this book wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be! The characters of Abby, Ellie and Georgie are very shallow and cliche. It didn't really have much of a plot, and I found it quite slow. It just wasn't interesting, and so I don't recommend this one- i've read much better books, don't waste your time!
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-12
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
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It kind of fizzled out in the end but I enjoyed it.
Sophie Dickinson
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I quite liked this book. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't the best thing I've ever read but the storyline was pretty good, it reflected sense and sensibility pretty well - which is one of my favourites, so I'm glad I read this. It's got a good story, and I didn't feel like I didn't want to read it. Each of the girls was nicely developed as a character from the get go, you never felt like you were waiting to know more about them but they also weren't basic and this didn't make the story boring. Pret ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
All I can really say about this book is that it tried. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for well over 4 years collecting dust and I finally got around to it and it was just disappointing. I am well aware that Sense and Sensibility is a difficult book to update, and I was prepared for that, but I found the characters to be bland and one-dimensional. It also dragged for me. I wanted to like it, but since I'm in a book slump, I couldn't bring myself to like it.
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy these 21st century Jane Austen novels - I like to read them before I read the original so I have a good understanding of the story. I'm now looking forward to reading Sense and Sensibility even more so than before. These books fly by and at the moment, I'm trying to read as much as possible, as I go back to school next week and I won't have as much time to read. Overall, this was my favourite in the series so far!
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Young adult love story
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
I did not like this book. It was so boring. I kept waiting for something to happen and it never did wish I would not have finished it.
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Couldn’t finish this... each character is so cliche and one dimensional. Also, why do they make such a big deal out of zorbing?
Sarah Landers
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2018
From the summary I honestly was expecting this book to be super cheesy. But I ended up really enjoying it. Just a light hearted sweet read about family, loss and love.
An easy enough read that kept me turning pages. I'd classify it as beach reading, probably not one I'll re-visit, but enjoyable.
Shrewsbury YA
It was... not great, but maybe not as bad as I thought it would be? The characters are flat and the plot is an afterthought.
Annie Lee
It was... not great, but maybe not as bad as I thought it would be? The characters are flat and the plot is an afterthought.
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting read. I really liked it, but had a few doubts now and then.

The main framework is essentially that of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility; however, the setting is late 20th maybe early 21st century.

The similarities include: Dashwood; father dies and leaves wife and three daughters without income; wife and daughters are pushed out of family home by snotty/snooty woman; the four move to the country and a cottage owned by a friend of the family; misunderstanding with e
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
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: adaptations, teen
Ok, so, while I enjoyed this adaptation - it has many flaws.

My favourite plot in the original Sense And Sensibility was Edward and Elinor, I strongly identified with both. They were very quiet and shielded their emotions from those closest to them and suffered in silence, Here, the story had been completely changed. I understand how difficult it is adapting why Edward stays with Lucy into modern day and I thought this part was done quite well (not the best I've seen) but, why change the characte
M. Kircher
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Any adaptation of Jane Austen’s work is sure to fall short of the glory of the original, but there have been far better homages to Sense and Sensibility than this. The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets of Love is fluffy and light and that’s about all. To be fair, not all young adult books must appeal to adults over the age of thirty. This is fully a teen book, and thus, I must assess its worth from that perspective.

But even with teen girls in mind, I’d still give Secrets of Love three stars, mainly for
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
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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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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