Jul 282011
Twin Sisters Searching for Happiness and Love

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Set in the historic Old West, Paint and Play is a charming and comical tale about two contrasting sisters and their mother’s trials in trying to find them suitable husbands. Cadence is sensible, serious, and more inclined to read a good book than attend a dinner party. Florence is effervescent, unbridled, romantic, and not as rational as her sister. Their mother, Mrs. Hudson, is much preoccupied with marrying off her talented and beautiful daughters, and their father wishes for nothing more than a peaceful and quiet home.

Does some of this sound familiar? If you’ve read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility you may recognize some character parallels… Cadence and Florence share some personality traits with Elinor and Marianne Dashwood of Sense and Sensibility and Mr. and Mrs. Hudson’s marriage very much resembles that of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet! Isn’t that a fun combination! Continue reading »

May 042010

Sense and Sensibility Meets Cinderella

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Cassandra Atwood, the only daughter of wealthy and prosperous family, enjoys a very blissful and untroubled life with her doting father and affectionate mother. Cassandra is a talented and unaffected girl who takes pleasure in painting, playing the piano, and spending time with her benevolent and grandmotherly neighbor, Mrs. Christie. Unfortunately, tragedy invades Cassandra’s life of perfection and privilege multiple times in short succession. Cassandra soon finds herself removed from her childhood home and friends and under the power of her uncle and his pernicious wife, Belladonna. Belladonna immediately develops an intense hatred for Cassandra and relentlessly strives to make Cassandra’s life miserable. Belladonna maliciously confiscates any correspondence between for Cassandra from her friends back home and forces her to work as a lowly maid surviving on crumbs and wearing rags. (Sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it?)

Cassandra’s most precious treasure is a copy of Sense and Sensibility that she received from Mrs. Christie. Now, in her reduced circumstances it provides her with comfort and reminds her of the many happy times she read and discussed the novel with her dear Mrs. Christie. Many of the characters in this novel resemble characters from Sense and Sensibility such as Willoughby, Mrs. Jennings, Mr. Palmer, and most prominently John and Fanny Dashwood. Some of these characterizations were more subtle than others. In addition, Belladonna resembled Fanny Dashwood as well as an evil step-mother, which, combined with Cassandra’s subservient treatment gave the story a feel of the fairy tale Cinderella.

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