Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Sense and Sensibility by Rebecca H. Jamison


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Sense & Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale, by Rebecca H. Jamison
2014, 256p, Contemporary Clean Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review



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.

Confession time: I've never read the original Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen. So, I can't compare this story to the original. What I can say is that it was awesome and I enjoyed reading it!

The story goes back and forth between Elly and Maren. They are two sisters whose father has died and he left them with a lot of debt. Their mother is doing what she can to help and they also have a younger, autistic sister Grace. They take turns helping out with Grace and she's a great addition to the story.

Elly gets out there and tries to do something to improve their situation and save their home while Maren stays in bed because she's depressed. Elly meets Ethan who encourages her to come work for his company. She's very familiar with it since it's run by her ex-fiance, Jake, who is now married to Ethan's sister, Candi. Elly did something in the past to Candi that she's not proud of. There are some funny moments that happen due to this whole situation.

Maren has a hard time coping with all that's happened to their family. When the family moves across the country to live with their grandmother, she's introduced to someone that would be good for her but falls for someone who makes her feel alive. He seems perfect for her but then starts doing some strange things that don't make sense. I understood his appeal at first but there were times I wanted to smack him.

I loved reading the perspectives of each sister. They are very different from each other and each have their own challenges and trials to work through. Parts of this book were quite frustrating as Ethan seemed to like Elly but something was holding him back. I liked their relationship and wanted them to figure out a way to make it work. There were some twists and turns and I wasn't sure how it would end for either sister. The ending is satisfying and I highly recommend it if you're looking for a good, clean read! 

I did read Persuasion:A Latter-day Tale a few years ago, which was also written by this author and I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading Emma: A Latter-day Tale and will look for more books by Ms. Jamison in the future!



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 TaleRebecca 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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3 comments:

Rebecca Jamison said...

Thank you for the review, Melanie.

Melanie Valderrama said...

You're welcome! I'm looking forward to reading more!

Paij Slater said...

That was a great review. I know I will be disliked in the blogging/reading world but I do not like Jane Austen. Not even a little bit. It is really hard for me to read any books that are along the same lines as Austen. You made this one sound so fantastic though! Thanks for the awesome review

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