Published: August 2014, Cedar Fort Publishing and Media, 256 pages
My Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Description: 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 re-imagining of the Jane Austen favorite will capture your heart all over again.
My Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Elly and Maren are so different, yet they are similar in more ways than they realize. Events occurred that were almost comical, yet some were tragic, and the sisters moved forward in their lives, especially level-headed Elly. I loved the way the chapters jumped back and forth between the two sisters. I'm more like Elly, so it was fun to see into Maren's head, to try and understand her way of thinking better.
Elly is the stabilizing force in trying to hold her family together. After her father's death and the loss of their company, their mother has to work hard to make ends meet, which leaves a lot of the care of their autistic sister, Grace, up to Elly and Maren. Elly ends up taking a job with the rival company, headed by her ex-fiance, to help makes ends meet. A whole slew of...interesting (aka funny)...situations arise from that experience.
Maren is struggling with her mental state, due to her father's death. She isn't very rational in her decisions and comes across as very flighty. I loved seeing into her head--I could understand better why she did things that she did, but she was still crazy.
When the family moves across the country to live with the grandmother, new characters and situations are introduced--some are quirky, some are fun, and all are entertaining. I loved every minute of this crazy, fun story!
Content: no language; no violence; mild kissing; mild religious references. Clean!
About the Author:
Rebecca Jamison loves a good romance, especially anything by Jane Austen. Rebecca grew up in Vienna, Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, earning a BA and MA in English. In between college and grad school, she served a mission to Portugal and the Cape Verde islands. Rebecca and her husband have six children. She enjoys running, making jewelry, reading, and watching chick flicks.You can learn more about Rebecca at rebeccahjamison.com.