[Reading] ➶ The Secrets of Love Author Rosie Rushton – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Secrets of Love I have a soft spot for modern adaptations of classics can you tell from my list of books here on Goodreads , and my favorite is when those adaptations are from Austen s books 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.However, I found, similarly to the book Jane by April Lindner, there was a I have a soft spot for modern adaptations of classics can you tell from my list of books here on Goodreads , and my favorite is when those adaptations are from Austen s books 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.However, I found, similarly to the book Jane by April Lindner, there was a lack of integrity to the real story In the original, Eleanor is kind, intelligent and social, but not obnoxious Ellie, however, is shy and bossy to her sisters Marianne, in S and S, is impetuous but she is good hearted Abby, to contrast, is vain and selfish and doesn t learn her lesson until the end of the book And Margaret is just thankful that she makes an appearance as Georgie with an actual plot line for herself one of the things Ms Rushton actually did right All in all, it fell short of what I expected I read this book, way, WAY, WAY, back in the day I was like 8 10 11 I sure as hell don t know, but I remember really loving this book.I found it at our local library, and even at that young age I adored Jane Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice The Secrets Of Love is a quirky modern take on Jane Austen s Sense Sensibility but with added humor.If you do,indeed, love Jane Austen as much as I do, you should give this book a go I was rather surprised when I saw this book was not on any Jane I read this book, way, WAY, WAY, back in the day I was like 8 10 11 I sure as hell don t know, but I remember really loving this book.I found it at our local library, and even at that young age I adored Jane Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice The Secrets Of Love is a quirky modern take on Jane Austen s Sense Sensibility but with added humor.If you do,indeed, love Jane Austen as much as I do, you should give this book a go I was rather surprised when I saw this book was not on any Jane Austen related lists, ergo why not alot of people know about it What Would Happen If You Transferred The Traumas Of Teenage Love From Jane Austen S Sense And Sensibility To The Twenty First Century How Would Ellie, Abby And Georgie Fare Without The Restraints Of Nineteenth Century England Will Ellie S Ever Sensible Attitude Towards Life Prevent Her From Ever Snogging The Gorgeous, But If you know Sense and Sensibility, you ll know the general outline to this There s nothing new, and the characters are rather tedious.I imagine teens who don t know the original will find elements of this funny 2.5 stars I have to admit, this book wasn t as interesting as I thought it would be The characters of Abby, Ellie and Georgie are very shallow and cliche It didn t really have much of a plot, and I found it quite slow It just wasn t interesting, and so I don t recommend this one i ve read much better books, don t waste your time Ellie, Abbie and Georgie Dashwood are three sisters who couldn t bedifferent from each other Ellie is the responsible goody goody, Abbie is the boy crazy drama queen and Georgie is the adventurous adrenaline junkie A year ago, everything changed for the girls when their parents divorced and their dad married a younger woman named Pandora The girls and their mother kept the house in Brighton, while their dad lives in London with his new wife Pandora is self involved and a nightmare of a Ellie, Abbie and Georgie Dashwood are three sisters who couldn t bedifferent from each other Ellie is the responsible goody goody, Abbie is the boy crazy drama queen and Georgie is the adventurous adrenaline junkie A year ago, everything changed for the girls when their parents divorced and their dad married a younger woman named Pandora The girls and their mother kept the house in Brighton, while their dad lives in London with his new wife Pandora is self involved and a nightmare of a stepmother, and the girls notice that their father seemsstressed than usual now that he s with her When the unthinkable happens and their father dies, the girls find themselves fatherless as well as homeless The girls and their mother move to a small cottage in Norfolk, and try to adapt to their new lives while mourning their father As the girls try to make the best of their situation, their romantic exploits help them learn the many secrets of love.I first read this book in high school, and I found it again while doing shelving at my library and decided to re read it 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 Austen s version, with Ellie as Elinor, Abbie as Marianne and Georgie as Margaret This book spendstime than the original building up to the main plot, and I liked that the time was taken to establish the characters before everything changed for them 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 The characters were slightly stereotypical and naturally didn t live up to the originals I did like them overall, although they felt a bit superficial Some of the dialogue between the sisters was very witty and humorous Partly due to the fact that the plot was based on a Jane Austen novel, it was well paced and interesting As an adaptation, it was moderately good It s a retelling of Sense and Sensibility in a similar way that Clueless is to Emma If you read The Dashwood Sisters looking for a great adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, then you probably won t end up liking it However, it is a fun and entertaining book about love, and I enjoyed it because I started reading it without any expectations While I can see fans of Sense and Sensibility being disappointed with this book, I think it could be a good introduction to Jane Austen for teenagers It s light and quick chick lit, and it could make readers curious enough about the original to read it Overall, The Dashwood Sisters Secrets of Love is a cute new take on an old favourite 3 5 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 Their situation worsens after their father passes away and they are uprooted from his ancestral home in Suffolk to small, sea side Norfolk, where they have to watch their budget which is nearly zip and deal with an overly zealous relative who is allowing them to stay in her cottage rent free.This book was better th 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 Their situation worsens after their father passes away and they are uprooted from his ancestral home in Suffolk to small, sea side Norfolk, where they have to watch their budget which is nearly zip and deal with an overly zealous relative who is allowing them to stay in her cottage rent free.This book was better than expected When I first started reading it, I wasn t sure how things would turn out The book is set in the modern world so logistics had to be changed a bit in order for the main plot idea to work For example, in modern days, women can inherit property That alone changes how the situation could be handled The biggest challenge for me between The Dashwood Sisters and Sense Sensibility was having to let go of the comparison between the two stories The Dashwood Sisters might have the same basic storyline where these rich girls were uprooted from their current life to a poorer one, but that s where most of the comparisons stop Maryanne is named George, there is no Colonel Brandon how could there be It s inappropriate now a days for a 30 year old man to be catching a 16 year old bride and the middle sister, Abby, vies for a boy against a friend which is muchreminiscent of Emma s plot than Sense Sensibility This book is a much lighter read than Sense Sensibility would be this is one of Jane Austen s novels I haven t read yet, but I m familiar with the plotline due to the various film remakes, but if it s anything like Persuasion or Pride Prejudice, much has been left out For having their lives totally upended and switched around, and being teenage girls, much of their anger is focused on their dislike of their father s new wife and very little of the actual change in situation they have They seem to accept their new lives fairly easily, especially considering the drama queen the middle one could be in their rich life It just wasn t as heavy of a read as it could have been which made it a quick, light read.I still enjoyed the book, despite the seemingly mixed up plots of Sense Sensilibility and Emma I wish I had read it without having the Jane Austen comparison in my head because I think I would have enjoyed it , 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 I am glad I read it, and I actually enjoyed the fact that it was a light read sometimes you just need something easy to enjoy I am of mixed feelings about this book The plot was decent, and you could see elements of the original Sense and Sensibility It followed fairly close, and you could tell what events were supposed to match up I am not sure if I agree with some of the things that were changed to accommodate modern times 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 She does okay, but I think I would ha I am of mixed feelings about this book The plot was decent, and you could see elements of the original Sense and Sensibility It followed fairly close, and you could tell what events were supposed to match up I am not sure if I agree with some of the things that were changed to accommodate modern times 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 She does okay, but I think I would have done things differently The three girls Ellie Elinor , Abby Marianne , and Georgie Margaret were much like the originals I loved how much she brought Georgie into the story, and gave her a little bitdepth I ABSOLUTELY did not like what she did with ALL the male characters Blake, who is the Edward character, the way he was written instead of being honorable he seemed weak and vacillating The Colonel Brandon character, Nick, was pushy and annoying It irritated me because Colonel Brandon is one of my favorite Jane Austen heroes I love how he treated everyone, and patiently waited for Marianne, and how devoted he was I really didn t like what she did with Abby Marianne and Hunter Willoughby I won t go into detail so as not to spoil, but it could have been done better Overall I liked it, and enjoyed reading it, but when I started to analyze it closely, and really pick it apart I foundandthat bugged me If I don t think of it as a modern day Sense and Sensibility I would rate it higher It deviates too much from Jane Austen s creation, especially the characters, which is what Jane was so good at Like the book, this review is going to be a quick, easy read The plot is almost exactly that of Sense and Sensibility, just a modernized version My first reaction was disappointment that the author didn t even try to copy Austen s beautiful prose or understated humor Once I got past that, I was better able to enjoy the book for what it was Elinor and Marianne were both updated very nicely Like the actions of Austen s characters, the update wasn t predictable but just felt right Of course E Like the book, this review is going to be a quick, easy read The plot is almost exactly that of Sense and Sensibility, just a modernized version My first reaction was disappointment that the author didn t even try to copy Austen s beautiful prose or understated humor Once I got past that, I was better able to enjoy the book for what it was Elinor and Marianne were both updated very nicely Like the actions of Austen s characters, the update wasn t predictable but just felt right Of course Elinor would be good at academics Of course Marianne would act I was also impressed by the way the update translated events with no modern equivalent For instance, some of the social constraints on the original characters actions have no longer exist, but the author managed to come up with suitable substitutes.Objectively, I think this probably deserves two starts The characters were two dimensional stereotypes and I occasionally found their actions unbelievable The writing wasn t anything special But when I finished it, I would have said I liked it I had fun reading it and enjoyed seeing the author s creativity in making the update, so three stars it is This review first published on Doing Dewey.

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