Monday, July 13, 2009

The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton

The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love
by Rosie Rushton

Published: 2005
Genre: Romance
Paperback: 325 pages
Rating: 3

Inspiration: Everything Austen Challenge hosted by Stephanie's Written Word

Description from
Ellie, Abby, and Georgie Dashwood dislike their father's new wife and the effect she is having on him. When he dies suddenly, the girls and their mother learn that Mr. Dashwood left enormous debts and no inheritance, and the sting is even greater because he changed his will to leave the family's ancestral home to the new Mrs. Dashwood. The girls must leave their private school near London and the only home they've known and move to a small cottage in the country. The sisters and their mother cope with their reduced circumstances in different ways. Ellie, the oldest, is the practical one who worries about everything but finds love. Abby, the drama-queen middle child, falls in love with the rich bad boy and ends up hurt, and Georgie, the youngest, is the tomboy who doesn't realize the effect she has on a local boy. The girls' mother just does a lot of hand-wringing. If the plot seems familiar, it should because the novel is presented as an "homage" to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. The author does a decent job of modernizing the tale, but the writing lacks Austen's subtlety and reads more like a movie script. In addition, the story is predictable, and the characters are all fairly static. However, the novel is enjoyable in the way that "beach books" are, and it will appeal to teens looking for something light and entertaining.

My thoughts:
In-a-word: Razzle
I found this is a light read that follows the S&S theme nicely. I like how the youngest daughter has more of a role in this story (in the romantic sense) than in the original S&S. Also, her love for extreme sports introduced me to Zorb globe riding. What a concept! I hadn't heard of this previously. It's like the hamsters rolling around in their balls except the zorbs are for humans.

Lots of growth and love for all three gals.

Favorite secret:
Secret No. 4 - Very few things are worth taking a risk for --
love, family, and the prospect of a first kiss (page 51)

Like S&S giveaway:

Ooh, sweet. I'm getting some nice comments and I haven't even posted this link on the Everything Austen Mr. Linky yet. Okaaaaaay. Since there's such interest in this book, I'm willing to part with my copy and give it away. 

People who have already commented are automatically entered for this giveaway.

If you're interested in winning this book, you must answer me this:

Which Dashwood sister would you want to befriend?

Ellie - geek spice
Abby - posh spice 
Georgie - sporty spice

Entries:  open to all countries

Deadline:   Friday, July 31, 2009, Midnight PST

Prize:  The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton

Winner announced:  Sunday, August 2, 2009
The winner will also be contacted via email and the prize will be mailed within a week of receiving mailing address.

Giveaway has ended - winner is here

*** updated 8.1.09 ***


  1. Great review! I may be looking into this one... Austen here we go!

  2. Good review.. Sounds like a great read.

  3. Most of the Austen-inspired fiction deals with P&P so it's nice to see a different tale out there! I like light reads and think I would thoroughly enjoy this one! Thanks for the review!

  4. Ah, Zorb balls! I knew that I knew what they were, but I couldn't remember from where. A Toyota commercial from a couple of months back showed people putting water in, then getting in themselves and tumbling down hills. Looked like a lot of fun!
    Thanks for the review!

  5. That book looks pretty entertaining. I don't really read many classics, so I'm not really familiar with Jane Austen, but the concept of this book sounds interesting enough.


  6. This looks like an interesting read! If I were to meet a Dashwood sister from this adaption I'd like to meet Ellie, 'cause she sounds a bit like me, the geekie part, that is. :)

  7. I would like to meet Georgie. I always get on with the sporty types regardless, but the posh and geeky ones can be a bit more...tetchy to befriend. Thanks for the giveaway!


  8. Sounds like a fun read! I think I'd like to meet Elinor--kind of a geek myself. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Zorb globe riding? Definately Georgie for me! Too cool.

    Never read anything by Rosie Rushton. But the name sounds familiar.

  10. Definitely Georgie. Because sporty sounds like the most fun and I'd like to meet Margaret's more developed counterpart.

    Thanks for doing the giveaway. All these Austen giveaways is inspiring me to try one of my own.

  11. A book I can share with my daughter!! That's always a fun thing to do.

  12. I'd definitely pick Georgie, she seems like the most fun to be with sister! :)


  13. Love to read this one! I'd befriend Ellie, too -- I always gravitate to the "geeks" :)


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  14. shawna Lewis

    for me it would have to be Abby - posh spice!! I love style and everything that goes with it!!!!

  15. I would befriend Georgie because I love sports.



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