This romance novel is an adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.
Instructing her daughters to take turns in selecting a comedy (which could include a trilogy or series), they would gather together every Friday night in the family room, cuddle up in blankets and munch on popcorn. - A Modern Day Sense & Sensibility, Kaitlin Saunders.
I thought this book had a very clever start. We get to read a sort of prequel chapter, so the story begins just before Jane Austen's does.
And though the book preserves the harmony of the two stories and the basic plot, it was interesting to see the differences.
I also think the author did a great job of emphasizing the goodness of the sympathetic characters. But she didn't just hand an "evil" sign to the other ones, she made those revelations more subtle.
There were times when I wished I could move the story along a little faster, but except for that, it was easy to stay interested as I read, even though I knew the basic story.
My biggest complaint about the book is what seemed like a year of crying on Marianne’s part. I can easily understand a year of heartbreak and grief. But she cried SO MUCH!
Maybe I am the naive one and that is normal?
The story also had more religious overtones than I was expecting.
But I really appreciated how true she was to the characters, the story and the plot, and I enjoyed reading it, for the most part. It was very well-written.
Its ideal reader would have to be a Jane Austin fan, and should probably be a woman of faith.
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