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Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale

by Rebecca H. Jamison

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Elly and Maren are completely different. Elly uses her good sense to rule her life, while Maren wants passion to rule her life. After their father passes away, they find themselves caught in a desperate situation. Neither of them have worked for a while, and their mother's meager salary isn't paying the bills. Elly is forced to take a job at the company that ran her father's into the ground. It also happens to be owned by her ex-fiancee. Life is further complicated by Elly's growing attachment to Ethan, the brother of her ex-fiancee's wife. Elly will do whatever it takes to keep her family afloat, but this is further complicated by Maren's depression and their younger sister's autism. Will Elly's good sense prevail?

I love Jane Austen, and I have loved each of Rebecca Jamison's adaptations of some of my favorite Jane Austen books. I felt like the author made some particularly creative and bold choices in dealing with this story, and they really paid off for me. First of all, having Elly in a STEM field? I am all in for that. Also, choosing to have the youngest daughter, Grace, have autism was an interesting choice. It certainly makes sense in the context of the story though. It made for some beautiful moments with all the characters. Finally, I thought Maren's POV chapters were amazingly done. Mental illness (and depression in particular) have been on a lot of minds lately as of the writing of this review (August 2013). I thought the author did a great of job of making you feel what Maren was feeling. The utter hopelessness that she had. I wanted so much to be able to help Maren and make her feel better, and once again this choice makes sense in the story. I think Jane Austen would approve for sure.

There are lots of LDS cultural things that are a part of the story, so this would probably make the book slightly unapproachable to non-LDS readers. For me though, that makes it more interesting. The author has a very keen grasp on things that we do as a group that add to the overall interest of the story. Some of these of course are just a matter of "tradition" within the community, but it does make for an additional sense of relating to the story and characters. I loved this book and would definitely read it again. I can't wait to see what the author has cooking up next.

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  l_manning | Aug 27, 2014 |

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. ( )
  rhonda1111 | Aug 21, 2014 |
Jane Austen wrote wonderful, witty, romantic satires...

And now Rebecca H. Jamison is adding a modern twist to the story which makes it even more entertaining and even more romantic and even more wonderful!

Elly and Maren are both mourning the loss of their father...

Elly, the sensible one, has thrown herself into finding a way to make money to pay all the debt the loss of the family business as brought along with the death of her father.

Maren is having a harder time moving on...

Her passion for life and art has withered as she sinks into a deeper depression.

Each will "encounter the madness and misadventures of love" as Elly falls for a man who can't commit and Maren finds relief from the depression in a passionate, but unstable boyfriend.

As they both move forward in trying to secure a brighter future they will learn that love and honor outweigh all else...

That the heart has a mind of it's own...

And that sometimes it takes a person with a little sense to help them learn the art of sensibility.

  Shauna_Wheelwright | Aug 4, 2014 |
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