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

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The Walker sisters have always lived a privileged life in their beloved Holly House in Sussex. Even though their father, Max Walker, has left the family to live with his new macrobiotic-food-obsessed trophy wife, Pandora, he has always doted on his girls. But then one day, reality crashes down around them when Max has a heart attack and passes away, uncovering the truth th

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Disney-Hyperion (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
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Ahnya
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: jaff
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
Erin
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
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Sofija
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!
Emma
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
Dawn
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
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Danielle
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
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Anika
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.
Hannah
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.
Jenn
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 really 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
Anne
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.
Georgiana 1792
Le Dashwood del Ventunesimo Secolo


Non vi dico niente di nuovo se affermo che i romanzi di Jane Austen sono universali, che la sua conoscenza e rappresentazione della natura umana attraverso tutti i suoi personaggi si possono ritrovare con facilità in qualsiasi secolo e a qualsiasi latitudine. Probabilmente è questo che li ha resi immortali e che ce li fa amare ancora dopo duecento anni.
Che cosa cerco, dunque, in un retelling in chiave moderna? Da cosa è data la sua fedeltà alle storie di Jane Au
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Xyra
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
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Ava Black
Non avevo colto nessun collegamento con le opere di Jane Austen prima di leggere alcune delle recensioni qui su Goodreads. Comincio con il dire che sono un bel po' piu' grande del target per cui e' stato pensato il libro ma si sa d'estate tendiamo a leggere libri leggeri, anche vere e proprie sciocchezze... dunque questo libro secondo me non deve neanche essere paragonato ai libri della Austen, di cui adoro solo Orgoglio e Pregiudizio, gli altri suoi lavori non mi dicono assolutamente niente, pe ...more
Chelsea
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
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Sophie
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
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Maritony Ante
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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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
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Amanda
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
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Serena
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
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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
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Jessi
Dec 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: janeites-unite
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Meg
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: jane-austen
Wow. Why do I even try? Jane Austen I adore...but people inspired by JA, do not live up to her shadow. The writing is just plain...I mean, books like this one, give me hope that I *can* be a writer. The story was obvious...and painful. The characters were....stereotypes, not realistic....and wow. The writing. Sigh. I continued because that is what I do in my search of good literature inspired by JA, but the hot pink cover should have cued me in that this was just another poorly written YA....
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Sandra Strange
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
Angie
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
Sydney
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
Jessica
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-adult
Abby's character is a pathological liar and I despise her. She makes things even more bad than they ought to be. The book was very dull up to chapter 10, got better, and then around chapter 25 it steadily went downhill. This is due to the fact that the character Abby became center stage. She is by far the most naive, idiotic, and spoiled (not to mention prone to very annoying fits of brattiness) character I have ever read. If the story was focused more on Ellie, whom is a more likable character, ...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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