ISBN #: 978-1462114566
Page Count: 256
Copyright: August 12, 2014
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
(Taken from Amazon)
Which is the key to love -- passion or sensibility? Sensible Elly and romantic Maren are sisters trying to hold their family together in the wake of their father's bankruptcy and death. As both unexpectedly encounter the madness and misadventures of love, they find out what true happiness means. This modern reimagination of the Jane Austen favorite will capture your heart all over again.
I don't have many reviews under my belt for this blog, and this is my first one for a blog tour. That being said, I do have to confess also that this is my first time reading any version of Sense and Sensibility-including the original. I know, I know. Blasphemous. However, I do not think that my lack of reading the original hindered my ability to ENJOY this version. At all. All of the characters are really well rounded, and the story flowed without being too corny and the modern day setting really gave it a more attainable feel. I could really see myself in those characters.
I think what I loved most about it though, was that Rebecca Jamison was not afraid to cover not just depression but PTSD and those are usually subjects most people shy away from. That she gave a WOMAN PTSD instead of a male soldier I think was even more poignant. War affects ALL of our soldiers and I think it was important to see that. I love that Elly came from a strong female family, that she was fiercely independent, but was not ashamed to say that she wanted a man. Not needed, just wanted. And again, Jamison doesn't shy away from tough subjects. Foreclosure, bankruptcy, and even a sister with special needs, this book has it all and she was able to show the family come together to make it all work. There is a lot of romance, and heartbreak, and more romance, but there were plenty of times I also just had to chuckle out loud.
I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more of Rebecca Jamison's work!
*An ecopy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review for this blog tour.