Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope

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RATING: 3.5/5

BLURB: “Elinor Dashwood, an architecture student, values patience and reliability. Her impulsive sister, Marianne, takes after their mother Belle and is fiery and creative, filling the house with her dramas and guitar playing, while dreaming of going to art school. But when their father, Henry Dashwood, dies suddenly his whole family finds itself forced out of Norland Park, their beloved home of twenty years. Without the comfort of status, their values are severely put to the test. Can Elinor remain stoic and restrained knowing that the man she really likes has already been ensnared by another girl? Will Marianne’s faith in a one and only lifetime love be shaken by meeting the hottest boy in the county, John Willoughby? And in a world where social media and its opinions are the controlling forces at play, can love ever triumph over conventions and disapproval?”

REVIEW: Although as an Austen fan I would highly recommend reading the original classic ‘Sense and Sensibility’ before going out to purchase this novel, this book was an absolute joy to read. The writing is fun and light-hearted and transfers the story very smoothly to the modern day. The beloved characters of Elinor and Marianne retain the fundamental characteristics that made them so successful in Austen’s original, but also have new traits that make them more relatable to the modern reader. Although sometimes Trollope’s efforts to bring the tale into the modern world – for example, her frequent mentions of social media like facebook and twitter – sometimes seemed forced, the book overall was great fun to read and the characters of Marianne and Elinor made so truly likeable that the reader simply can’t help caring for them! I would definitely recommend this to fans of Jane Austen, chick-lit and romance.

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