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 – 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… Continue reading »

Feb 172016


Hi readers!  I’m so happy to welcome back author Sarah Price to Austenesque Reviews today, who is gearing up to release her fourth adaptation of a Jane Austen novel!  For those of you who Sarah-Pricedon’t know, Sarah’s books are Amish-inspired retellings of Jane Austen novels, and her fourth book, Sense and Sensibility, is due out March 1st!  I love that there are now four books in this series! Woot!  I hope you enjoy Sarah’s post on the similarities of courtship between the Regency Time period and the Amish community!

Eh. Just eh…

How do you approach romance: with a practical attitude of maintaining privacy or an emotional display of shouting it from the nearest rooftop?

The other morning, on my daily video blog, I asked my viewers that very question.

Any Jane Austen fan will immediately suspect that Elinor and Marianne from Sense & Sensibility are lurking somewhere in the dark corners of my mind (and yes, I know brains are not square but I like the idea of corners hiding these thoughts!).

They’d be right. Continue reading »

Jun 252014

Ask EleanorInspired by Sense and Sensibility, But with Quite A Few Twists

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Authors

In their latest collaboration, Ask Eleanor, authors Laura Briggs and Sarah Burgess pen a contemporary tale about two diverse sisters, inspired by Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. The story focuses on Eleanor Darbish, a successful and nationally syndicated advice columnist (similar to Miss Darcy in Dear Miss Darcy). Practical, efficient Eleanor doling out common sense? (I could totally see that.) And Marianne? – she is an artist that attends poetry sessions and lives life passionately. (What else?) Both sisters currently live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and as you might imagine (given what you know of Sense and Sensibility) they are about to experience some romance…and some heartache.

Even though it took awhile for me to get into the story (the business about the newspaper merger was a little uninteresting and took up too much page time), I found a lot of the new twists these authors created to be inventive and fun to explore. I loved being inside Eleanor’s head more and being privy to her private feelings and thoughts about Edward, and I thought it was hilarious that Lucy was Eleanor’s newly appointed, overly opinionated, and overbearing assistant. In addition, I felt the closer friendship between Eleanor and Brandon was a unique and interesting twist, but more about that later… Continue reading »