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The Dashwood Sisters Tell All Paperback – April 1, 2011
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Inspired by Jane Austen's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, the plot of THE DASHWOOD SISTERS TELL ALL parallels many elements in Austen original story. Any Janeite worthy of their set of THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED JANE AUSTEN (Six Volume Set) will recognize siblings Ellen and Mimi Dodge as Austen's divergent protagonists Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.Read more ›
Obviously, set in the modern era gives it a new edge but I knew exactly what was going to happen the entire time I was reading - no fun! Ellen = Elinor, Mimi = Marianne, Colonel Tom = Colonel Brandon, Ethan = Willoughby, Daniel = Edward...and this is not at all a spoiler because the author blatantly models the modern characters after the originals - is this what all Austen-inspired books are like? Also, Austen's masterful romantic tension is absent in this novel...the relationships just didn't have as much oomph.
If you don't mind basically rereading a contemporary Sense and Sensibility with a few tweaks, then I'm sure you'll really enjoy this novel. However, if you want the author to take a bit more creative license with the original story, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed with the book.
They begin the walking tour with disdain as Mimi's facial in London made them miss the bus. The Dodge sisters visit the Austen sites ending at Winchester Cathedral where Jane is buried. At each stop they leave some of their mom's ashes. As others on the tour seem to know what they are doing including Jane, descendent Ethan and Ellen's college crush, Daniel, the duet also begins to uncover secrets contained in Cassandra's diary that someone, probably on the tour, wants it to remain buried.
The third modern take of an Austen classic (see Jane Austen Ruined My Life and Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart) is a charming contemporary spin of Sense and Sensibility as Ellen and Mimi Dodge are obviously Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. The story line is character driven with the diary insisting that the classic tale is based on the real road trip of the Austen sisters. Fans will enjoy the latest tribute to Jane as the Dodge sister's foibles match those of the Dashwood Sisters who may match those of the Austen sisters.
The purpose of the tour was to hopefully bring the Dodge sisters closer together. They couldn't be more different. In Jane Austen terms, Ellen had sense and Mimi had sensibility. Ellen was considered dull while Mimi was spontaneous. Ellen wore sensible shoes and hiking clothes; Mimi wore high heels and dresses. Money didn't matter to Ellen, but Mimi needed the inheritance money to open a fashion boutique. Modern-day Dashwood sisters?
I'd like to first acknowledge the map of England that the author includes in the beginning of the book. It helps to visualize the setting. Everyone knows I am completely obsessed with the UK, so the story immediately held my interest with descriptions of London town. The story is told in both sisters' point of view. Both characters are well developed. A character from a previous Beth Pattillo book also makes an appearance: Mrs. Gwendolyn Parrott of The Formidables.
Like I stated in a previous Pattillo review, I haven't indulged in the original Jane Austen novels yet. I have to be in the mood to read certain genres, including classic literature. However, books written by Beth Pattillo are a treat for me. They offer the right amount of Jane Austen knowledge, modern fiction and chick lit. Since The Dashwood Sisters Tell All was inspired by Sense and Sensibility, I will read the original Jane Austen book sooner rather than later. I recommend The Dashwood Sisters Tell All for chick lit lovers and Jane Austen fans.
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I really like this author especially since she is an academic and does actually know a lot about Jane Austen. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wellred_2
I have always been a Jane Austen fan, and Beth Pattillo has created a short series of books that recreate some of the magic of Jane Austen's novels with her own twist. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. Hansen
The story was interesting but I had a hard time keeping track of which sister was talking. This confusion made the read less enjoy. Also the ending was too predictable.Published 14 months ago by George Bryson
A story about two sisters coming to an understanding after a long estrangement . Helped along by their mothers love and Jane Austen.Published 15 months ago by Connie P
Another fun story in this series by Beth Pattillo. You don't need to have read the first one, Jane Austen Ruined My Life, to enjoy this one; there are only a few minor references... Read morePublished 16 months ago by A Reader and a Writer
Writing a review from the distance of a few days means that the details blur; you are left with an overall impression. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stephanie Davis