Thanks to the review in The Nature of Things, I read Sense & Sensibility – which is by an author I have read and enjoyed before, Joanna Trollope. It is a modern day re-telling of the Jane Austen book.
I enjoyed this book but as with The Vinegar Girl, I felt that the book was not improved by being shackled to the Austen plot.
· The cover of the book is very clever. At a quick glance it looks to be regency style but on closer inspiection you see that the girls are sharing earphones
· The cover correctly indicates some ambiguity about the time setting of the book. While some modern technology is mentioned overall I felt that it wasn't a particularly modern story. It took some pages before I realised that it was set in modern times
· Elinor as a character is very well drawn but I found some of the other characters a bit one dimensional.
If you love Jane Austen and know the plot of Sense & Sensibility well, I think you should read this.