The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love

The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love

by Rosie Rushton

The author of Friends, Enemies offers a fresh, funny new novel about sisterhood, friendship, and romance.

  • Series: 21st Century Austen
  • Language: English
  • Category: Young Adult
  • Rating: 3.35
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: September 5th 2006 by Hyperion Books for Children
  • Isbn10: 0786851376
  • Isbn13: 9780786851379

What People Think about "The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love"

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 dads money and makes him change everything about himself). And although Georgie would much rather go on thrilling adventures and ride her skateboard, she finds that having boys interested in her as a girl may not be so bad after all Ive always been a fan of Young Adult Austenesque and am a firm believer that these books could lead young readers to the wonderful delight of discovering Jane Austens novels. In addition, I thought the whole divorce/debt/moving-out-of-childhood-home parallel was believable and a fitting comparison to what took place in Jane Austens original novel. For young adult readers with no previous knowledge of Jane Austen and her works, I think this novel will delight and entertain, and hopefully induce them to read Jane Austens novels! But for this Jane Austen fan, who has had the pleasure of reading some superb, thoughtful, and sensitive Young Adult updates, Im afraid I found it only tolerable by comparison.

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. The three girls Ellie(Elinor), Abby(Marianne), and Georgie(Margaret) were much like the originals. If I don't think of it as a modern day Sense and Sensibility I would rate it higher.

Like the book, this review is going to be a quick, easy read. Like the actions of Austens characters, the update wasnt predictable but just felt right. I had fun reading it and enjoyed seeing the authors creativity in making the update, so three stars it is.

If you do,indeed, love Jane Austen as much as I do, you should give this book a go.

The Dashwood Sisters Secrets of Love is a modern take on Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. While there are a lot of modern versions of Pride and Prejudice, a retelling of Sense and Sensibility is rather rare, so I thought this would be a good choice for Jane Austen related reviews on my blog. The Dashwood Sisters follows Jane Austens version, with Ellie as Elinor, Abbie as Marianne and Georgie as Margaret. One of the other big differences between this book and Sense and Sensibility is that the youngest Dashwood sister is a main character as well. If you read The Dashwood Sisters looking for a great adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, then you probably wont end up liking 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. The biggest challenge for me between The Dashwood Sisters' and Sense & Sensibility was having to let go of the comparison between the two stories. I wish I had read it without having the Jane Austen comparison in my head because I think I would have enjoyed it more, but I only picked it up because it was based on Jane Austen's novel (based on is a much better explanation of the plot than expecting a retelling of the story).

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.

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