16 August 2014

Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison

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Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale
by Rebecca H. Jamison.
Audience/Genre: Retellings,Clean Read, Contemporary Romance, Christian.
Publication: August 12th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media.
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 reimagining of the Jane Austen favorite will capture your heart all over again

Reviewed by Kelly.

I love retellings and this one intrigued me all the more adding modern technology to it. I watched how the author parallel's this book to Jane Austen's and how she spun it. Elly is the older sister, trying to help her family cope after the loss of their father and husband. She tries to be strong and wise and tries to find love but finds that it is difficult with a man who hasn't shown any PDA or confessed any undying love for her, yet it is apparent that he has feelings for her. Maren is the middle sister, who is sassy and modern and wants to experience life to its fullest, even though they have major debts landed on them by a company that overtook youngest and has autism. I loved how Ethan, Elly's love interest, handles Grace and it doesn't matter to him what she does. Their mother is working hard but they can't seem to keep themselves afloat so they have the house on short sale and decide that they need to move to Maryland from California to live with their grandmother. The grandmother is a hoot by the way. She is a hoarder and has the most awful food ever, (i.e. gluten free dairy free etc) thinking that Grace needs that type of food. But her heart if full. Maren has just gotten out of an inpatient psychiatric unit for depression. She is now on medication.

Elly meets Ethan at a church food house (this is where people can get food to help them temporarily) He was volunteering that day. Grace is having a bad day and Ethan helps them out and they form an attachment (ok I know I got the line from the original, but it works). But fate has them running into each other again and the next thing you know they are going places together and with Grace. Elly finds herself having a temp job at her ex-fiancĂ©’s place of work doing the same things she did for her father's work. This was more than just the same; it appears to be THE SAME. Then Elly meets Jake's wife who is Ethan's sister. Awkward!! But what happens at the end amazes me and has me respecting Elly all the more when it comes to her.

When the family moves to Maryland, Ethan promises to visit because he has an organization that helps vets with coming back into civilization.

In Maryland, they find their grandmother's house in ruins and full of stuff!! She has a job lined up for the two older sisters at an organic farm that owns and runs an ice cream store. The owner is Colton. He immediately takes notice of Maren. But Maren isn't interested.

Maren does however; find interest in this motorcycle dude who is living with his aunt for the moment. He takes Maren everywhere and woos her quite well actually. But what she doesn't do is take her medication. She believes it is him who has cured her of the depression. So when he leaves unexpectantly, she has a relapse. She takes the motorcycle out and wrecks it and they have to go out and find her. Colton has a clue where she is.

Maren is pretty banged up and goes to the hospital and has several surgeries and Colton is there often and he is so sweet to her. But he doesn't flaunt what he does for her and it is very tender. Wyatt shows up eventually but Maren kicks his butt out, realizing who would be there for her and be her steady always.

As far as Elly goes, it takes some time for her and Ethan and there is another woman like in Jane Austen's. But this one is different and I will let you read it for yourself. I like the twist and how the author leads us to believe Ethan is no longer available and how Elly finds out.

This book is for Jane Austen fans and people who like clean reads, Christian romance, stupid motorcycles, learning from your mistakes, finding love, family, giving of your time and talents and just a sweet read than this book is for you.

Rebecca H. Jamison has lived on a live volcano, excavated the bones of a prehistoric mammal, and won first prize at a rigged chili cook-off. She wrote novels just for fun until she made a New Year’s resolution in 2011 to submit a manuscript to publishers. Her first two published works are Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale and Emma: A Latter-day Tale. Rebecca grew up in Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a BA and MA in English. In between college and graduate school, she served a mission to Portugal and the Cape Verde islands. Her job titles have included special education teacher’s aide, technical writer, English teacher, and stay-at-home mom. Rebecca enjoys running, dancing, reading, and watching detective shows. She lives with her husband and children in Utah.

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