‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads

The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!’

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo.

Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her.

Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

My Review

It’s a Jane Austen novel so this is obviously brilliant and should be read by everyone!!!!

“And books!—Thomson, Cowper, Scott—she would buy them all over and over again: she would buy up every copy, I believe, to prevent their falling into unworthy hands; and she would have every book that tells her how to admire an old twisted tree.”

Oh if only I could go back and read this for the first time all over again…. Would my first impressions be different if I hadn’t read this as a teenager??

  • Would I have admired Elinor more??? (I respect her so much more now as an adult. I’m sorry to say I thought her a little dull years ago! FORGIVE ME ELINOR!!!!!)
  • Would I still have wanted to wring Marianne’s neck at times…. (Probably!!)
  • Pretty sure Lucy Steele would still drive me batty…. (Everytime she features I just want to punch her…..not very mature of me I know!!)
  • What would I think of darling Edward????
    (eye roll…..muppet……)
  • Or head-turning Willoughby (“%^*@!!!!!!!”)
  • And my beautifully reserved Colonel Brandon…. (I think I do love Colonel Brandon the best and it has NOTHING to do with my love for Alan Rickman….. Okay maybe a little….. Okay FINE!!!!!!!!! I LOVE ALAN RICKMAN PROBABLY MORE THAN COLONEL BRANDON BUT IT IS STILL VERY CLOSE!!!!!!)

Sorry, sorry that’s the Sheriff of Nottingham…..


Oh no wait…that’s Hans Gruber! MY BAD!!!!! giggles

This is the dearly departed Mr Rickman as Colonel Brandon in the 1995 film adaptation of the book and I defy you not to fall head over heels for him!!!

R.I.P. Alan; you were a phenomenal actor and are sorely missed.

Oh how I do love Alan Rickman ALL of these characters (even the ones that annoy me!!!) because they all contribute to a wonderful storyline. I have read this book countless times and love it ever more with each read. Rereading this novel in the past few days was like reuniting with long absent friends; it felt completely comfortable and wonderfully satisfying to my little heart. Absolute book perfection. What more could a girl ever want?????

Well I wouldn’t say no to Hugh Grant either especially when he looks like, and says, “My heart is, and always will be yours”

*cue bashful smiling * You may be a muppet Edward Ferrars, but you’re my adorably floppy-haired muppet!!!!

five shining stars

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