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Suit and Suitability

(Vintage Jane Austen #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The mystery surrounding their father’s criminal accusations is almost as hard to solve as the many puzzles springing on their hearts.

Canton, Ohio, 1935. Ellen and Marion Dashiell’s world crumbles when their father is sent to prison. Forced to relocate to a small town, what is left of their family faces a new reality where survival overshadows dreams. Sensible Ellen, stru
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published May 12th 2017 by Kindle Direct Publishing (first published May 2017)
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Sarah Grace Grzy
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 15+ for romance
Recommended to Sarah Grace by: Sarah
*happy sigh* I love happy endings!

I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book, especially considering I’d never read the original novel, Sense and Sensibility.

The characters: what loveliness! Ellen was super sweet, and I found myself relating to her in a lot of ways. Her character and character arc was just fantastically done! I always wanted to stay in her POV. Marion was . . . different. I found myself not really liking her throughout much of the book, mostly because we are pola
Kate Willis
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. The characters were what made it most enjoyable for me. ;) I really appreciated how quiet and sensible but also how loving Ellen was portrayed. No cliches here, just a regular girl who loved her family. The sister dynamic between her and Marion was great, though realistically painful at some points. Even though their relatives were overly helpful sometimes, their time at Cardinal Bush sounded delightful, and Sport was a sweet companion for Greta.

Everett was such a grea
I don't really like Sense and Sensibility, so I wasn't egsactly bouncing up and down ready for this book. But I love Kelsey Bryant, so I knew this would be good.
I loved it. The characters were lovely and so well rounded. The plot kept building, and I was always excited to see what would happen next.
The ending was beautiful.
There really wasn't anything I didn't like.

I would recommend this to anyone who would like to see a fresh look at Sense and Sensibility that still has a very classic feel.
Mary Hamilton
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If imitation is the ultimate compliment, Kelsey Bryant has paid a huge compliment to Jane Austen. Her style of writing is insightful and entertaining, and setting the story in the 1930's seems very appropriate. The romantic threads were interesting, a bit mysterious, and ended with a satisfying twist. And the two main characters, Marion and Ellen, played well opposite each other.
I was especially taken with the beginning of Chapter 5 when Marion is making a final pass through the house they're fo
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A review from a bookworm who's (accidentally) never read an original Jane Austen (oops!) .… but that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy a historical fiction novel based on Austen's books!

To start this review off, I'd like to say that the writing style is really good. I felt liked I'd just been dropped off in Canton, Ohio in the early 30s. The descriptions of the setting felt so real. Elements of the time period are weaved in so neatly. In the way that the characters talk, certain old words they use
Rebekah Morris
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve never read a Jane Austin book. I tried one and just couldn’t get into it, but I have watched a couple movie versions. One was Sense and Sensibility.
This retelling of Sense and Sensibility was a delightful read. Yes, I smiled over the similar names, or tried to match the events in the book with what I’d seen in the movie, but that was fun. The characters were living, real people, each with their own personality, and the aunt and uncle were such contrasts to the rest of the characters that I
Deborah O'Carroll
Firstly, I enjoyed this book SO MUCH! :D A retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, this version is set in 1930s America during the Great Depression (mostly in Ohio, and parts in New York City), with a dash of mystery added to it, and it was an absolute delight to read. :) It drew me in from the first chapter and kept me totally absorbed, despite historical fiction of this sort not being my usual reading fare—I loved it! ^_^

It was so fun getting to meet the characters (slightly familia
Age Appropriate For: 10 and up
Best for Ages: 15 and up

I have a confession to make. I pushed my way through watching two different versions of Sense and Sensibility and did not enjoy either. Marianne drove me crazy with her over-dramatizing of everything and, while I loved Elinor, she couldn’t save the films for me. However, I knew I loved Bryant’s work, and so I wanted to give this book a try. I am so glad I did.

Bryant was able to make me feel as if I had been transported back to Canton in 1935
Raechel Lenore
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
To start out, I must confess that I haven't read the original "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen, but I have watched the two movie adaptions very many times, and next to Persuasion, it is at the top of my list for Jane Austen favourites.
"Suit and Suitability" was a very close retelling to the original (I am basing off the movie, remember), and throughout it, I really felt like I was pretty much watching the movie itself, only it being set in the 30's in Ohio/New York. The characters were ve
WARNING:This Review Contains Massive Spoilers!

Although I haven’t read the original Sense and Sensibility yet, I have seen the 1995 film version, which I loved, and so I was really looking forward to reading this retelling. I definitely wasn’t disappointed! Although I simply loved the other books in the Vintage Jane Austen series that I’ve read so far, I think this one is probably my favourite of them all. Elinor Dashwood is my favourite Jane Austen character, and this retelling did her all the
Abigayle Claire
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such an endearing book! I read it immediately after reading Sense and Sensibility (which I loved) for my first time, and it was such a good thing to do. I expected to like it ... but it was amazing on so many levels. I can't wait to start loaning out my copy!!

One of my favorite aspects was all the historical things! Set in 1930s Ohio (and later NYC ... which I recently visited), the era came to life. From the precise wording, amazing descriptions, and subtle details ... it was all so pe
Amanda Tero
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Out of all of the Jane Austen’s I have read and watched, Sense and Sensibility was my least favorite. I could get through the movies, but the book I just couldn’t finish. There was nothing substantial in it. It was all frivolous, worldly matters. At the same time, I really did like the storyline and I could imagine it retold in a way where Eleanor was the strong, godly sister, and Marianne the flighty dreamer, pulled to the lures of the world. This doesn’t happen often, but Suit and Suitability ...more
Esther Filbrun
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-review
I loved this book! The characters, language, setting, overall plot...all excellent. A very good retelling of a famous book! (Full review coming soon.)
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has been my third book written by Kelsey Bryant and it’s been by far my favorite of hers. I have never read Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, but I’ve seen the 1995 movie version of it and so it was really neat to read a vintage retelling of the classic regency novel.

What I Liked: I was certainly not disappointed with this book. One thing that I really appreciated about this book was how relatable the characters were. I could relate to both Marion and Ellen. A Christian woman aspires to
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I really wanted to read this book. I love Jane Austen (although I did not particularly enjoy Sense and Sensibility) and I love the '30s. But as I got into the book, I was a little disappointed.
The writing was good. Kelsey has talent. But, I had a few issues.
1. I wasn't really drawn into the characters. Normally, when I read a book, I become a certain character. In Sense and Sensibility, that was Elinor Dashwood. In this? I wasn't sure. I could identify with Ellen, but I kept picturing her as a
Erika Mathews
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Suit and Suitability was a pleasant surprise to me, though I expected no less from this author. After reading Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility earlier this year and finding it, to be blunt–with deepest apologies to Austen fans everywhere–predictable and a trifle shallow, I hoped that Suit and Suitability would take the concept and storyline deeper. I was not disappointed. Kelsey Bryant’s excellent skill in weaving the storyline seamlessly into 1930s Ohio and New York combined with the rich sp ...more
S.G. Willoughby
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was wonderful. The author's perceptions of the plot and characters were very accurate in my opinion. The plot was just similar enough to the original story and yet just unique enough, and I enjoyed seeing where she would take the familiar story next. Also- acting was the perfect addition to Marianne's character (ahem, Marion). And the addition of faith to the characters and story was beautifully done. It felt so real, raw, and relatable, even though I have not been through anything sim ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3-fiction
Excellent Read

A lovely story of love and restoration. I found myself genuinely surprised and enthralled as events unfolded. Many times I encountered unexpected twists and turns. A beautiful story that I highly recommend. I could wait to pick it up again to see what happened next
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, spirituality
Review coming soon.
Title: Suit and Suitability
Written By: Kelsey Bryant
Genre: Historical Fiction
Recommended Ages: Any

Sense and Sensibility was one of the Jane Austen books I had the hardest time reading. I tried many times, but never could get into it. I finally watched the movie and that helped, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite. So when I had the chance to read Kelsey’s retelling of the story, I was slightly hesitant, but I also really wanted to read one of her books, so I took a chance. And I’m
Angie Thompson
I enjoyed this book and thought the author did a great job with re-setting the story so it kept the essential parts of the original but also fit with the new time and place. Marion as an aspiring actress was definitely believable, while Ellen's steady, no-nonsense personality fit well with her secretary role.

I thought the twist of having their father in jail was interesting, and I liked the bits in the story that played into that, although--and maybe it was just me--the sentence felt a little li
Jess Swann
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok

Une réécriture vintage post crise de 29 où le père d'Elinor (Ellen) et Marianne (Marion) n'est pas mort et où l'héritage n'est pas en question. Cependant, les mésaventures de la famille sont bien là et les caractères des deux héroïnes fidèles aux originales. Les relations familiales sont aussi modifiées mais ce n'est pas une hérésie et la trame principale du roman reste intacte même si l'auteure a réinventé l'histoire et se l'est appropriée. J'aime beaucoup le choix de carrière de Marion et la v
Stargazer R. L.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans, and girls 14 up. :)
So . . . I loved this book. Like, a lot. I thought I'd like it, but I didn't know I'd LOVE it. It was so much fun. I got super into the characters and the little twists and turns and stuff and I got super invested. It was lovely, charming and exciting. I just kept flipping pages and staying up late like five days in a row and sneaking off to read it in the afternoons when I could. I kind of got really into it.

Things to love:
-1930s! (I'm a big fan of 1920
Miranda Atchley
In the early 1930s, Ellen and Marion Dashiell’s father is wrongfully sent to prison. Crushed, they, along with their mother and sister, must move from their beloved town Canton, Ohio to live with their aunt and uncle. Marion is certain that this means she’ll never get her chance to become an actress, while sensible Ellen tries to put on a brave face. Yet this isn’t easy when she’s separated from Everret Shepherd. And when Marion meets charismatic Wilkie, instantly falling in love, all in the fam ...more
Abigail Harris
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Vintage Fiction

My Rating: 5 Stars.

Recommendation: Anyone.

My favorite character is: Ellen Dashiell who is a strong, sensible, and serious kind of girl. She is quiet and sometimes funny.

My Verse for Proverbs 30:25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;

I don't really like that Marion is an actress but I liked the book a lot.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review and the thoughts are my own.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very well-done Austen variation, with interesting characters and plot twists, based on Sense and Sensibility but in the early 19th century.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-challenge
I was immediately caught up in the story. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages. Ms. Bryant is a wonderful storyteller.
rated it it was amazing
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Grant Ferguson
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With ease the author, Kelsey Bryant, whisks readers to 1935, describing the various changes taking place at the end of the Great Depression. Her writing blends these details into fascinating characters with their share of flaws, enabling them to interact with each other in realistic settings.

Bryant's style captures the essence of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, and will likely appeal to those who appreciate an update in wording while retaining rich descriptions and robust dialogue.

The book
Merie Shen
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Kelsey Bryant is a homeschool graduate from Central Texas. Books have been a part of her family for generations. Ever since she can remember, Kelsey has been writing stories and dreaming of the magical moment when her books would join the ranks.

She draws inspiration from the Greatest Story Ever Told, which culminates in the Messiah’s salvation offered to every person. Her life would be meaningles

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“Marion stared into his face. “Thank you.” She blinked back sudden tears. “Mr. Bradley, you’re swell. You’ve helped my family so much, and I never appreciated it before.”
“Thank you.” Mr. Bradley returned her look, intensely. “I care for all of you. You’re some of the best people I’ve ever known.”
Marion smiled and mumbled, “Mr. Sour-face.”
“What was that?”
“Nothing!” She grinned wider.
He smiled back. It was a nice smile.”
“No pressuring them, Aunt Jennie,” Marion admonished with a straight face but laughing eyes. “They don’t like being hurried. They’re likely to baulk like mules and wait until they’re thirty.”
“Jeepers, I hope not!” Frances cried, halting her knife and fork’s work at some beef. “I’m tired of waiting and guessing their intentions. I’ve been doing that for seven months. I just want to see them married!”
Everett grinned. “So do I.”
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