Title: Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary: Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility is a wonderfully entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that revolves around two starkly different sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. While Elinor is thoughtful, considerate, and calm, her younger sister is emotional and wildly romantic. Both are looking for a husband, but neither Elinor’s reason nor Marianne’s passion can lead them to perfect happiness—as Marianne falls for an unscrupulous rascal and Elinor becomes attached to a man who’s already engaged.
Startling secrets, unexpected twists, and heartless betrayals interrupt the marriage games that follow. Filled with satiric wit and subtle characterizations, Sense and Sensibility teaches that true love requires a balance of reason and emotion.
Ship: Elinor & Edward, Marianne & Colonel Brandon, A Volcano & Franny Dashwood
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Colonel Brandon, Mrs. Jennings
Needed BROTP: Elinor & Colonel Brandon
Actual Review: Sense & Sensibility was my second Jane Austen and boy do i wish i had read more of her sooner. To start this off, let me say that I am participating in a Jane Austen Book Buddy Read Monthly club and February was for S&S…our first discussion for the first 22 chapters is on the 9th, yup as in it hasn’t even taken place and I have already read the entire novel. Yes it was that good.
If you know my likes, you know that above all else I really love it when you get that sense of comraderie and friendship. I love romance, dont get me wrong, but for a book to truly be loved, I need that friendship. Look at how i loved SOC over Shadow & Bone and how THe Unexpected everything is literally my favorite book ever. And Sense & Sensibility really falls into that category for me.
It focuses on 2 of the three Dashwood Sisters. Elinor, the sensible and eldest, and Marianne, the carefree and middle sister. After the death of their father, their world is changed as they are needing to figure out how to survive intime to find husbands. Elinor soon meets the brother of her evil sister-in-law, Edward Ferrars and begins a slow kindling of a relationship with him. They start off as fast friends and jsut as Fanny (the evil sister) is telling Mama Dashwood all about how Mama Ferrars would never approve of someone like Elinor, a letter from a cousin of Mrs. Dashwood arrives and the 4 Dashwood ladies are off to their new home.
Once there, Marianne catches the eye and hearts of not one but two different gentlemen over the course of a few weeks. But it wouldn’t be Jane Austen without some trials and tribulations with both family, growth, and romance.
The character growth that Marianne goes through is both believable and very well-paced. You really feel for her as she goes through the roller coaster that is her love life. When remembering she is a teenager with the whims of a teenager, her reactions to these men and subsequent events can be truly believable even years after Austen wrote these stories.
As I stated before, it is comraderie and frienship that I really love in books. The dynamics between Elinor & Marianne is really beautiful at times and I just love their family. You also see these great friendships grow between both leading ladies and the surrounding cast. What is really nice is you see this really solid foundation of friendship in both relationships that is really beautiful and really adds a level to this story.
And if this review hasn’t already convinced you to read this, let me just leave you with this. There is a character who calls people ninny’s as well as other zingers and she is not to be missed.