Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope

Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope

Publisher: Harper
Pages: 384
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  John Dashwood promised his dying father that he would take care of his half sisters. But his wife, Fanny, has no desire to share their newly inherited estate with Belle Dashwood's daughters. When she descends upon Norland Park with her Romanian nanny and her mood boards, the three Dashwood girls-Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret-are suddenly faced with the cruelties of life without their father, their home, or their money.

As they come to terms with life without the status of their country house, the protection of the family name, or the comfort of an inheritance, Elinor and Marianne are confronted by the cold hard reality of a world where people's attitudes can change as drastically as their circumstances.

Kritters Thoughts:  A "modern" re-telling of the classic that sort of fell flat for me.  First, let me say that I must admit that I have not read the original, but am a fan of Austen and mostly enjoy her work, so I went into this with high hopes that I would enjoy a modernization.  

For me it fell flat when parts of it felt very modern with Twitter, Facebook and cars, but then at the same moment there were parts that were stuck in the past - i.e. women fretting about living without a man and income and feeling unable to survive without a man and his income.  The cast of characters was huge and I was having a hard time connecting with any of them and becoming engaged with the central few.  

I am a fan of Joanna Trollope, so it was hard to not like it.  I wanted to enjoy it and have it encourage me to check out the original, but for me it just didn't work.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Partner in TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

The tour schedule

Tuesday, October 29th: BookNAround
Wednesday, October 30th: Diary of an Eccentric
Thursday, October 31st: Savvy Verse & Wit
Friday, November 1st: Doing Dewey
Monday, November 4th: Booktalk & More
Tuesday, November 5th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, November 6th: Lavish Bookshelf
Thursday, November 7th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, November 11th: Kritters Ramblings
Tuesday, November 12th: BoundbyWords
Wednesday, November 13th: Book-alicious Mama
Thursday, November 14th: Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, November 18th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Tuesday, November 19th: Alison’s Book Marks
Wednesday, November 20th: A Bookish Way of Life
Monday, November 25th: Peppermint PhD
Tuesday, November 26th: A Reader of Fictions
Wednesday, November 27th: guiltless reading
Thursday, November 28th: Excellent Library


  1. Good to know :-). Thanks for your input on this one. I love the original! One book I do recommend that goes from modern day and into different historical periods is called, A Thousand Years of Johnny Von, by Edith M. Cortese. I was completely taken into the story, which has a surprising ending that was delightful. Overall it's a fun and heartfelt read :-).

  2. Same here! Looks intriguing. A Thousand Years of Johnny Von sounds like a great read. Thanks, Audrey!

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.


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