Review: Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope

Title: Sense and Sensibility 
Author: Joanna Trollope
Publisher: Harper
Published: October 29, 2013
Ebook, ARC
ISBN13: 9780062200488
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Edelweiss

Goodreads Summary:
Elinor Dashwood, an architecture student, values patience and reliability. Her impulsive sister, Marianne, takes after their mother, Belle, and is fiery and creative, filling the house with her dramas and guitar playing while dreaming of going to art school.

But when their father, Henry Dashwood, dies suddenly, his whole family finds itself forced out of Norland Park, their beloved home for twenty years. Without the comfort of status, they discover that their values are severely put to the test.

Can Elinor remain stoic and restrained knowing that the man she really likes has already been ensnared by another girl? Will Marianne's faith in a one-and-only lifetime love be shaken by meeting the hottest boy in the county, John Willoughby? And in a world where social media and its opinions are the controlling forces at play, can love ever triumph over conventions and disapproval?

My thoughts:
Although Joanna Trollope has written numerous books, she is a new-to-me author. I couldn't  resist reading a modern-day adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. It's been a long time since I've read Austen's version, but from what I can remember, Trollope's version did Austen's justice. Trollope did a fantastic job with adapting this novel into modern times. Especially since times are so different than when Austen wrote her S&S. 
With any Austen inspired book I feel a bit of trepidation before reading it, but Trollope quickly put my fears to rest. Her story sucked me in from the first page. The characters are kept true to the original, and the story follows closely behind.
The three sisters, especially Elinor and Marianne, are endearing. Elinor is practical while Marianne is a free spirit. Both girls are searching for love, but their circumstances hold them back. I love the relationship between the entire family. The three girls and their mother interact great together. Who wouldn't want to be apart of this family? They disagree often but support each other no matter what. 
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found it hard to put down. Even if you're not a fan of Austen, I'd still recommend this book. I'll definitely be checking out more books by Trollope! 

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