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Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-Day Tale

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  422 ratings  ·  88 reviews
As if it wasn’t bad enough to be getting food from Church welfare, I had to meet one of the Ferreros—and a good-looking Ferrero, at that.

Elly Goodwin, a brilliant programmer, is so desperate for a job that she takes one from her ex-boyfriend—the same man who put her family out of business. Then she meets Ethan Ferrero, who seems too good to be true. But Elly is far too se
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Bonneville (first published August 10th 2014)
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Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Confession time: I've never read the original Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen. So, I can't compare this story to the original. What I can say is that it was awesome and I enjoyed reading it!

The story goes back and forth between Elly and Maren. They are two sisters whose father has died and he left them with a lot of debt. Their mother is doing what she can to help and they also have a younger, autistic sister Grace. They take turns helping out with Grace and she's a great addition to the
Kathryn Cooper
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A few weeks after my brain tumor surgery I had to have Radiation. Back in September 2014, right before starting Radiation, I started to read Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale. During Radiation I tried to read, but it was NOT fun going through this treatment every Monday through Friday for 6 weeks. All I could do was watch TV. I did happily go back to reading in November and finished this book in December. Sorry, this is probably more information than you w
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I LOVE Jane Austen and most of the modernization retelling of her books. This one was no exception to that! I really liked the characters and the real world challenges they had and the miscommunications that were are so common in Jane Austen's books come into play in this book as well. It was fun to read and try to figure out who each of the characters were based on.
I love retellings and this one intrigued me all the more adding modern technology to it. I watched how the author parallel's this book to Jane Austen's and how she spun it. Elly is the older sister, trying to help her family cope after the loss of their father and husband. She tries to be strong and wise and tries to find love but finds that it is difficult with a man who hasn't shown any PDA or confessed any undying love for her, yet it is apparent that he has feelings for her. Maren is the mid ...more
Carrie Lahain
In this retelling of the Jane Austen Classic, sisters Elly and Maren Goodwin cope with life and love after their father's death leaves the family business destroyed and them penniless.

I love that the author doesn't twist and stretch her story to exactly fit the original. Elly and Maren aren't Regency Misses dressed up in jeans and high heels. Jamison takes great trouble give them psychological depth--Maren's battle with depression, her little sister Grace's autism are both portrayed with sensiti
Katie W
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Elly and Maren are so different, yet they are similar in more ways than they realize. Events occurred that were almost comical, yet some were tragic, and the sisters moved forward in their lives, especially level-headed Elly. I loved the way the chapters jumped back and forth between the two sisters. I'm more like Elly, so it was fun to see into Maren's head, to try and understand her way of thinking better.

Elly is the stabilizing force in trying to hold her fami
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
What a fresh retelling of Sense and Sensibility! The author did a great job translating the trials of 19th century England to some that readers could definitely relate to in our day. Maren's mental instability was fascinating to read, how she coped with her depression in different ways and her perspective of the professional help she received. Elly's developing relationship with Ethan was sweet, but frustrating since he was not committing 100%. The youngest sister in this version is not a child ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here is an old favorite of mine, re-done in a contemporary setting. I loved that I still felt the familiar chords of the orginal story but also felt something fresh and new being added in.

The story started out slowly for me. It took a little while for me to settle in and become more invested but it did happen. Elly and Maren are both likeable characters with flaws and quirks that will endear them to you. It's a rocky road of love and relationships for them but one that is worth it in the end. T
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, modern day remake of Jane Austen’s classic. The characters were varied and well-developed. Elly made me laugh. She was so cute in her insecure way. Maren was the tortured character who seems to make mistake after mistake, yet you see her grow and change as she discovers truths about herself and love. The male characters—Ethan, Wyatt, Jake, and Colton—are fun to read about too. I gobbled this story up and found myself smiling at some of the quirky things that happened. Some of th ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenges
A good modern re-telling of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. It also shows some of the issues and struggles that come with depression and PTSD, for the one suffering and also for their family and friends.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chik-lit, lds, 2018
The ways she changed and modernized the story were interesting and fairly well done, but she changed the characters too much. I honestly feel like the writer made Elly a much weaker version of Elinor, and because of that, I just really couldn't like the book very much.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved original Jane Austen book and Emma Thompson movie so this was a fun twist
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A friend gave me this book and it was ok. I think it did a good job of making Jane Austen modern but I didn’t love love it and while it was a fun quick read, the ending was too contrived.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: church-books
A very fun take on the one it's based on. The characters were close to the original with more flare and of course modern living. It's a little sappy which I found okay.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I was curious to see how the author would follow the storyline of one of my favorite movies! She did pretty well. This was an enjoyable read. ❤ ...more
Rebecca Dean
Sep 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure why, but I didn't enjoy this book. Sorry
June Jacobs
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a fun read. The author’s use of humor to diffuse tension is well-done and effective. The characters are well-developed, and I felt I knew each of them within a few pages after they were introduced. I enjoyed the first setting of the book, San Jose, California, as I was raised just north of there. I could relate to the setting very easily because of the realistic details the author included about the San Francisco Bay Area. Later the story moved to Maryland, which I am not familiar w ...more
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Elly and Maren are completely different. Elly uses her good sense to rule her life, while Maren wants passion to rule her life. After their father passes away, they find themselves caught in a desperate situation. Neither of them have worked for a while, and their mother's meager salary isn't paying the bills. Elly is forced to take a job at the company that ran her father's into the ground. It also happens to be owned by her ex-fiancee. Life is further complicated by Elly's growing attachment t ...more
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it


I enjoyed reading Sense and sensibility: A Latter-day Tale. I can't compare it to Jane Austen' novel because I have never read it.
This is a clean romance. It tells the tale of three sisters and their mother after their father's death. They lost both their father and his business in the same week and then their house.

I found I could relate in some ways to both Elly and Maren. I liked them both. Sometimes I was inpatient with them. I liked Colton right off the bat. Other male characters
Paula  Phillips
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
As I am such a huge fan of renditions and especially Austen's tales when I saw that Sense and Sensibility had been re-written I knew I had to read it . In Sense and Sensibility , we meet Elly and her older sister Maren. Their father has just died from Cancer and now their house is being taken from the bank as they are in debt and cannot cope with all the bills. With Maren, still depressed from her father's death and her mum looking after their autistic sister Grace and juggling jobs - Elly takes ...more
Ruth Hill
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am definitely a Jane Austen fan, and I have been pleased with modern adaptations of her well-loved books. I generally prefer reading the original before reading the update, but this is one book where I was unable to do so. Therefore, my review is based solely on Jamison's novel. Others will have to comment on how well done (or not) the adaptation was done.

First of all, this is a clean book, and it is Mormon in nature. Don't let that frighten you. I have enjoyed so many Mormon romances because
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book since I've never read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen or seen any movies about it. But, being the sucker that I am for a good cover, I thought, eh, why not? Besides, the other books I've read from this author were really good. This book did not disappoint!

Ethan and Elly were fun to read about. I could relate to them, and their take on relationships. Maren and Colton I didn't understand as much. I definitely don't do things the way they did. But I
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jane Austen wrote wonderful, witty, romantic satires...

And now Rebecca H. Jamison is adding a modern twist to the story which makes it even more entertaining and even more romantic and even more wonderful!

Elly and Maren are both mourning the loss of their father...

Elly, the sensible one, has thrown herself into finding a way to make money to pay all the debt the loss of the family business as brought along with the death of her father.

Maren is having a harder time moving on...

Her passion for lif
Maren and Elly are two sisters trying to figure out how to adjust to all of the huge changes in their lives after the loss of their father and the family business. This is a modern remake of a classic Jane Austen story with a large LDS cultural aspect.
I have read a lot of Jane Austen but have not actually read Sense and Sensibility so unsure if knowing the original would have made me like it more or less. I did enjoy the fast paced story and felt for the characters and the trials they were goi
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Confession time: I've never read the original Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen. So, I can't compare this story to the original.

The story goes back and forth between Elly and Maren. They are two sisters whose father has died and he left them with a lot of debt. Their mother is doing what she can to help and they also have a younger, autistic sister Grace. They take turns helping out with Grace and she's a great addition to the story.

Elly made me laugh. She was so cute in her insecure way.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it

Misty's Review:

It's true. This book really will capture your heart. Well-written and well-thought out, Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-Day Tale is a sweet romance that explores different approaches to new love in the wake of heartbreak and disappointments. Jamison does a fantastic job adapting this classic into a modern style, always a risky business when so many people love the original. While much of the point of the story is dependent on Elly and Maren having perhaps exaggerated and potenti
Renae Mackley
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
It had been a long time since my familiarity with the Jane Austin version, so this modern retelling was actually practically a new story for me. I enjoyed it very much. There is a good contrast between the two sisters and I liked how they were developed. I even found Maren interesting in her depressive state and liked the comparison of color to reinforce her moods. I learned about depression indirectly, with an interesting slant on how a depressed person feels. Don't get me wrong--the book is no ...more
Anoush Emrazian
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Elly (standing in for Eleanor in the original) and Maren (aka Marianne) provide our POVs for this modern retelling of the same(ish) title. If you like the original, you'll like this one I'm guessing. I find Maren/Marianne too irritating and dramatic and I relate much more with Elly/Eleanor. Although in this book, Maren is deeply depressed following the death of her father and is hesitant to receive medical help because it dulls all of her feelings, not just the despair. It was really interesting ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
As a Jane Austen fan, I was excited to read this retelling of the classic in a modern LDS setting. Jamison did a good job of adapting the tale. The one thing that didn't seem authentic to me was that Elly, the "Elinor" character, had such a hot temper and impulsive tongue that I couldn't really relate her to the original. Maren("Marianne")was more believably depressed and as over-the-top emotional as you'd expect. The youngest sister, Grace ("Margaret"), was autistic, and her behavior put someti ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this version of Sense Sensibility! It's fun, clean, and Austen. Though this book is LDS fiction, it sort of isn't. This book has minimal references to LDS cultural. There are very few faith promoting/doctrinal elements in the story. So pick it up if you like LDS fiction, but don't dismiss it for the same reason. This book won't be converting you. It is just a great Austen remake.

In this story, Elly and Maren Goodwin switch points of view as they deal with the aftermath of losing their fa
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