Reason and Romance
Debra White Smith
Reason & Romance
Paperback - 316 pages; (June 1, 2004)
Harvest House Publishers; ISBN: 0736908773

        Review by Linda Waldemar, March 25, 2005

The second in Debra White Smith's "Austen Series" is based on JA's Sense and Sensibility as is easily determined by the title. As in her first, she tells us immediately on which of JA's characters she has based her own. Again, this hint is not necessary because the characters are, while changed to act like 21st Century people, are recognizable. But, I like this technique of hers.

The Elinor Dashwood character is Elaina Woods, an English professor at Southern Methodist University. One of her students is Ted Farris, a pianist who is pursuing a second Master's degree. There is an immediate attraction and Ted remembers that they met years ago when his sister, Faye, married her half-brother, Jake.

One thing that is very different from Jane Austen, the story is told from the viewpoints of several characters. Therefore, we know immediately of Ted's rationalization for spending time with Elaina. We know very early on that Dr. Bryan Bixby is in love with Anna Woods. While a number of characters and situations are changed to make them believable in 2005, I think that the author has successfully kept the spirit of JA's story.

I quite enjoyed this quick and easy read and feel comfortable recommending it.

      Written by Tonya (6/22/2006 6:12 p.m.)
I'm having a little trouble making through Reason & Romance. I'm half way through and thinking that Willoughby's character belongs with Lucy's character, Col. Brandon's belongs with Elinor's and who cares what happens to Marianne's and Edward's character's because he's a jerk and she's a brat!! I hope I've changed my mind by the end of the book, but that's going to take a lot.

      Written by Tonya (6/30/2006 11:53 p.m.)
I will also add that since my earlier post I have finished Reason & Romance and all of the beloved characters redeemed themselves in the end. I was happy with the ending and ws relieved to find that Ted/Edmund was not a total jerk and that Anna/Marianne was still able to grow up after all. Probably won't be my favorite, but it was good.

        Written by JeannetteF (3/27/2007 4:38 p.m.) I just finished Central Park and Reason and Romance. I liked Central Park best. The secret engagement in R&R didn't work for me.