Sense & Sensibility by Sarah Price #SweetDelight

Sense & Sensibility by Sarah Price #SweetDelightSense & Sensibility by Sarah Price

Series: #4 Amish Classics
Genres: Amish Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Small Publisher on March 1, 2016
Pages: 301
Format: eARC
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I saw this blend of Amish Romance and a Classical story retelling and I just had to read it as I love both.  It was fascinating and a very strong story when all is said and done.

A mother and three sisters are forced out of their family home by the son, John of the first wife and his greedy second wife, Fanny.  Only a distant cousin’s generosity allows them a chance to start fresh if a little on the precarious side financially.  Oldest daughter, Eleanor, is calm, steady, thoughtful and practical.  She carries a secret love for Fanny’s brother, quiet Edward Fischer who is promised to another.  And the opposite of her older sister is Mary Ann who is emotional, impulsive, and wears her heart on her sleeve while falling for a bold, dashing man living in the neighborhood and spurning the quiet, mature man who remains steadfast, but unobtrusive.  Through heartache, difficulties, and starting a new life, Eleanor, Mary Ann and their family grow and learn in faith and character.

Alright, so this tale of two sisters and their love lives was pretty close to the original as far as description of characters and events.  I loved how the Amish background meshed so well with the classical style and elements so that even though this is a modern retelling of Austen’s Sense & Sensibility, it fit well into the Amish world where some of the cultural moors of Jane Austen’s day were a lot like those of the Amish.

The story is told from Eleanor’s observant and level-headed perspective.  She was practically a saint as at first she tried to keep the peace between her mother and sisters and with her older half-brother and his wife while the family was still on the farm and then later she held it together when Mary Ann was pretty cruel as Eleanor tried to get her to be more circumspect and cautious.  And then Eleanor had to endure the cruelty of Edward’s fiancée taking particularly delight in making Eleanor her confidant.

Mary Ann, the secondary heroine, needed a thumping.  First she ran wild and then she went all dramatic.  She was mean to her sister when Eleanor was trying to save her from the sorrow that did eventually come.  Now, Mary Ann takes a hard knock or two and it finally sets her on a good path so she redeemed herself and became a loving sister and gets her own chance of happiness.

I really adored Christian who was quietly in love with Mary Ann even when she wouldn’t give him the time of day and was running around with the rakish John who had a reputation.  This man was selfless and showed true heroism.  Eleanor’s love interest, Edward, well, I respect him a little for keeping his word, but he didn’t get much page time until the end.  When the truth came out, I felt badly for him and then happy for how it ended for him and Eleanor.

The setting of the Amish community was well drawn.  It felt authentic.  I had a good time with how even without all the modern conveniences and a devout faith, the gossip vine and the tight-knit community of folks all up in each other’s business was still present.

To summarize, this was a delightful story.  I will definitely go back for more of the author’s Amish Classics series and her other books.  There is a strong inspirational theme without preachiness.  I would recommend this to those who enjoy Amish romance, but also those who enjoy classic retellings.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #228
NtM #95 author/series
Austenesque #26

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Sounds like this book was a right up your alley with it being a classical retelling of Austen’s Sense & Sensibility with an Amish twist. And the Amish modern twist sounds like it worked quite well. It sounds fun how the story focuses on the love life of two sister who seem pretty different in their personalities. And that’s great the Amish setting felt authentic!

    • Haha! Yes, this was definitely one for me. I saw it on Net Galley and hoped I would get picked for it. I did enjoy seeing it as an Amish story and was curious how the author would blend the two. It worked out great.

  • Oh it’s nice to find a story like that. I haven’t read a lot of amish story but I did read one with paranormal elements and it was really interesting. I want to try something like that too. I’ll keep it in mind.

    • Oh, really? A paranormal Amish story. Do you remember the title?

      These are sweet and I love the blend of the classic story with the Amish life.

  • I went through a phase where I devoured these stories and Mail Order bride series…this sounds good!

    • I love both Amish and Mail Order Bride settings. 🙂 I have to slip these into my reading schedule now and then.

  • that is definitely a different take on Jane Austen…glad you enjoyed it Sophia 🙂

    • It really is. I love finding a bit of something different like this. Thanks, Sharonda!

  • Well what a combo. I haven’t read an amish romance I don’t recall. I really should give them a chance. they do look good 🙂

    • Ha, yes, it was the combo that had me all sorts of curious. I enjoy reading a story with an Amish setting now and then. Hope you get the chance to try one at some point.