Apr 112016
 

Sense and Sensibility AmishA Wunderbar Homage to Jane Austen!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Sarah Price, best-selling and popular author of over 30 novels, has just released her latest novel in The Amish Classics Series โ€“ a series that comprises of Amish retellings of Jane Austen’s novels (and possibly others). The previous books in this series include:

In her fourth book of The Amish Classics Series, Sarah Price retells the story of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility in a present-day Amish community. With sons inheriting farms, strict courtships practices, and an emphasis on a rural and simple lifestyle, it is easy to see how much is in common between the Amish culture and Jane Austen’s time. In this retelling, readers meetthe Detweiler sisters who must leave their home farm after their father’s death and adjust to life in a smaller cottage in a new community. While making some new acquaintances, both Eleanor and Mary Anne fall in love, but one does so quietly and privately while the other does it openly and unreservedly…

This is my first book by Sarah Price and my first Amish romance period. That’s right, I’m totally new to Amish fiction and I couldn’t be happier that my first experience in this sub-genre is a Jane Austen retelling of Sense and Sensibility by Sarah Price! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was greatly impressed with how faithful the story was to Jane Austen’s classic. The parallels were clearly drawn and the characters and events of the story seemed true, not only to Jane Austen, but to the Amish way of life. These representations of Jane Austen’s characters and stories felt very authentic in such a setting. I think Sarah Price is very skilled at illustrating how well Jane Austen’s world can translate to Amish culture in her stories.

One thing I appreciated most about this retelling was the emotional development depicted for both Eleanor and Mary Anne. Reading of Eleanor’s heartache and torture made me feel her pain anew right alongside her. But I mostly enjoyed witnessing how Mary Anne came to fall in love (SPOILER ALERT!!) after having her heart broken. I have often seen readers express discontent about Jane Austen’s Marianne and Colonel Brandon โ€“ that their closure and HEA felt rushed, unlikely, and just plain unsatisfying. This most definitely wasn’t the case with this story! I loved seeing Mary Anne become aware of what the reader and all her family already knew โ€“ that there was this compassionate and honorable man watching her and loving her in silence all along. And I greatly enjoyed seeing how that awareness changes her before our very eyes. Well done, Ms. Price!

As someone who is brand-new to Amish fiction I was fascinated by all I learned about the lifestyle and practices of the Amish community. And I am definitely interested in learning more as some aspects of Amish life are still a little unclear for me, such as kneeling vows, rumschpringe, and shunning. However, I think readers who have some prior understanding of Amish customs will pick up on these practices much quicker than I did. I look forward to reading more novels in this series โ€“ and I’m glad to see that Sarah Price will be adding another novel to it real soon! It looks like Mount Hope: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is scheduled to release in Augustย of this year!

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  16 Responses to “Sense and Sensibility (The Amish Classics #4) – Sarah Price”

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    I’m always skeptical of the Amish books because I’m of Pennsylvania-German heritage and most times there’s so much artistic license, it doesn’t accurately portray how a real Amish person would behave.

    denise

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      How cool that you know are Pennsylvania-German heritage! I was very interested to lear more about their way of life. And I would curious to hear if you think this author illustrates a good representation of Amish culture. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I loved this book Meredith. I thought it was very well transferred into the Amish setting. I have Second Chances waiting to be read and I’ll definitely be getting the Mansfield Park based one. It will be very interesting to see how that one is done. I’ve read a couple of Amish stories before and I have to say I really enjoy them.

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      Glad to hear you loved this book, Teresa! I love Persuasion retellings, so I’m very interested in checking Second Chances out! Let us know how you like it!

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    Just a quick peek to see how you rated it. I still need to read this one for review, too. Yay! Glad to see it was a winner.

  4.  

    I have never been interested in reading Amish fiction, but this review has made this series sound interesting!

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      I love learning about people who live a different way of life. Their isn’t high drama and action per se, but this was an informative little glimpse into the Amish culture by way of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility!

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    I have not yet started this series although your review makes them enticing. Some day when time expands or I am cloned…LOL. Put it on the pile.

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    I want to be able to read like Elizabeth Bennet does in Haunting Mr. Darcy then my TBR list wouldn’t exist! What do you think Sheila, Meredith?

    I have all of Sarah’s Amish Classics published so far and I’m trying to find time for them, honest.

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      Oh yes! I agree that would be such a lovely ability to have! Then it would be possible to read all the Austenesque being published!

      Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this series when you read them, Anji!

  7.  

    I am chuckling to myself in reading that wish. I am sure they will bury me with an unfinished book in my hands. I can’t see the top of my Wish/TBR list.

  8.  

    Thanks for sharing another great review! I’m so looking forward to reading this–I’ve enjoyed all the books in the series and am happy to know she’s continuing it.

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