- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media (August 12, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1462114563
- ISBN-13: 978-1462114566
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,656,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale Paperback – August 12, 2014
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I enjoyed reading Sense and sensibility: A Latter-day Tale. I can't compare it to Jane Austen' novel because I have never read it.
This is a clean romance. It tells the tale of three sisters and their mother after their father's death. They lost both their father and his business in the same week and then their house.
I found I could relate in some ways to both Elly and Maren. I liked them both. Sometimes I was inpatient with them. I liked Colton right off the bat. Other male characters I had some issues with at different times.
Elly worked with her father writing computer code for his company. She has been trying to get a job but no one is hiring her. She meets a nice guy Ethan and he gets her a job with his company. Her ex-fiancé Jake and his wife Candy own the company. He also quit his job and started up a company and taking their clients.
Maren has mourned her father and it has turned to depression. She lays in bed all day. Does not get dressed or comb her hair. She is a artist. Has not painted since her father died.
Grace has autism. She loves musicals.
Ethan works for his sister Candy and her Husband Jake. He is a nice guy, helpful but just a co-worker.
Colton owns a dairy farm. He has a store on his farm selling milk and ice cream.
Wyatt is a fun guy. He rides motorcycle. He works for his Aunt.
Elly and Maren both have good points and bad points. I want Maren to feel better. I thought they handled the issue of depression pretty well.
I laughed and cried reading this romance. To me I really cared for the characters. They all had a bunch of trials to get through and it does seem like they come all at once sometimes.
The ending with Maren I feel they skipped over some parts at the end. I liked the end results for both Maren and Elly but do wish for more of their story.
I will be looking for more books by Rebecca H. Jamison
I was given this ebook to read so that I could give a honest review of it and be part of its blog tour.
I love that the author doesn't twist and stretch her story to exactly fit the original. Elly and Maren aren't Regency Misses dressed up in jeans and high heels. Jamison takes great trouble give them psychological depth--Maren's battle with depression, her little sister Grace's autism are both portrayed with sensitivity as well as sometimes stark realism. Jamison's contemporary settings--the computer industry of California and an organic dairy in Maryland--are just as convincing as her characters and offer interesting opportunities for the plot to unwind.
The plot takes a little time to get off the ground, with the first third feeling much slower than the rest of the book. But this deliberation and gravity is in keeping with the original, one of Austen's darker works, in which she deals with complicated themes of marriage and family obligation in an age when economic class equaled identity and a woman without means, even from a good family, faced an uncertain future.
Also paralleling the original, Jamison's female characters outshine the males. Ethan Ferrero, especially, comes off as weak and indecisive. In his case, the contemporary setting works against him. He has none of the family or class constraints of Austen's hero, so the big obstacle between him and Elly (at least his evasiveness about it) seems somewhat contrived.
Unlike Jamison's previous Austen retellings, the LDS aspect of this novel remains largely in the background. We're aware of the characters' faith, and we witness it in their actions/reactions, but day-to-day Ward life isn't quite as integral to the plot as in Jamison's EMMA and PERSUASION. I can see why this might have been necessary--there's so much going on with each character personally and professionally--but that broad window into a worldview so different from my own was one of my favorite parts of the first two novels. Even so, Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale is a solid work that rises well above the standards of the usual contemporary romance. I hope Jamison continues on her journey through Jane Austen.