The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love
Rosie Rushton
Dashwood Sisters' Secret of Love
Paperback - 336 pages; (September 2005)
Hyperion; ISBN: 0786851376, 978-0786851379

         Review by Linda Waldemar, September 25, 2007
This is a modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility. Max Dashwood falls in love with a younger woman, leaves his family to marry her. He then makes poor investments, loses his fortune, then has a fatal heart attack.

Max's widow, Pandora, forces Julia Dashwood and her three daughters; Elinor (Ellie), 17, Abigail (Abby), 16, and Georgina (Georgie), 13 to leave the ancestral Dashwood home. They are lucky to be offered a cottage in a smaller village by Ellie's godmother.

The personalities of the Dashwoods are plausible. Julia is often a bit high strung and fails to undertake tasks that should be her responsibilityleaving Ellie to make adult decisions. Ellie is an excellent student, level headed and usually keeps her feelings to herself. Abby is the drama queen who easily falls in love and puts herself in danger. Georgie is a tomboy and always looking for adventure; zorbing, for example.

The plotline follows S&S fiarly well. After overcoming obstacles, all the girls end up with their true loves, even Georgie.

I always enjoy modernizations; I like to identify wh ich character corresponds to which in JA's novel. In this book, it is not hard to do so. It is a quick and pleasant read. I suggest you give it a try.