The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love (21st Century Austen #1)
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...more
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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 ...more
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
This book was better th ...more
However, I found, similarly to the book Jane by April Lindner, there was a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Blake (Edward) plot was a bit harder to pull off this time, because while an engagement was for all inten ...more
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 ...more
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
But even with teen girls in mind, I’d still give Secrets of Love three stars, mainly for ...more
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
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
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
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