Sense & Sensibility ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Author: Jane Austen

1/31/20231 min read

Summary: Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile, Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love – and its threatened loss – the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

Review: A very slow-burn Romance, but as you can relate to the characters, it reads easily. The story about the two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, is entertaining. I liked how their vision of love and relationships made them both approach life differently, but it’s very clear that Elinor (Sense) and Marianne (Sensibility) deeply love and respect one another. Elinor, who overthinks too much and Marianne, who you want to shake at moments because she’s too emotional, but you will love them. The book is powerful and strong and everything you want is in it; suspense, drama, emotions, love and enough moments that were funny enough to put a smile on my face. As always, there are good portions of scandals and secrets in the book. Jane has the ability to pull you into a story and even when a book hit a point of moving slowly forward (in this book the middle is the part you have to drag yourself through - or at least I had to) The men... well you love and hate them, or hate and love them later. I guess that the books of Jane Austen are mostly so good because she is amazing at writing characterizations. The personalities, emotions, and struggles feel real and relatable. The end left me with that stupid ‘aaaaawwwww smile’ on my face. If you struggle with very, very, very slow-burn books, this book would probably test your patience, but if you love the way a writer can bring characters alive, it’s worth the struggle.