In this contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s classic novel of love, money, and sisters, Sense & Sensibility opens upon a scene of disappointment and loss.
After living at Norland Park for years, the Dashwoods are being evicted. By Belle Dashwood’s own half-brother, John, whose demanding wife Fanny wants the house for herself.
Soon Belle and her three daughters, Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret, have moved to Barton Cottage near Exeter, and with no family money, Elinor begins working to support them all.
Fortunately, they are invited to lots of parties and taken under the wing of some of the well-known families. And love affairs ensue. There are some poor matches along the way to happily-ever-after.
There was a lot of emphasis placed on marrying one’s own kind. A snooty ambience seemed prevalent amongst those who took the Dashwoods under their wings. I enjoyed the drama and the witty take on the family life of “poor relatives.” What I didn’t like: the melodrama of teenagers Marianne and Margaret, and I truly only liked Elinor.
In the end, the younger girls grew up a bit, after experiencing some hardships…and they grew on me, as well.
A story for those who love retellings…and for all who adore a bit of romance set in England amongst wealthy society members who love patronizing those beneath them. Four stars.