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Beth Pattillo knows how to make me feel better in stressful times The same happened while reading Mr Dracy Broke My Heart last year, I found relief and escapism in a well written, all delight modern Austenesque tale.Beth Pattillo follows the same successful recipe she used for her previous work and the result is a delicious, tasty new novel, released at the beginning of this month and celebrating the bicentenary of Sense and Sensibility What are the ingredients I recognized in The Dashwood Beth Pattillo knows how to make me feel better in stressful times The same happened while reading Mr Dracy Broke My Heart last year, I found relief and escapism in a well written, all delight modern Austenesque tale.Beth Pattillo follows the same successful recipe she used for her previous work and the result is a delicious, tasty new novel, released at the beginning of this month and celebrating the bicentenary of Sense and Sensibility What are the ingredients I recognized in The Dashwood Sisters Tell All The double layered narration the present story of the American Dodge sisters and the 18th century story of the Austen sisters conveyed through a diary which the 21st century protagonists read, the mysterious Formidables protecting Jane Austen s reputation at all cost, beautiful English settings for very romantic love stories, dashing but very down to earth male heroes, fascinating very modern heroines and all of them are mixed with an Austen can do magic wand The result A delightful modern fairy tale with the familiar features of Sense and Sensibility.The plot is in fact based on Elinor and Marianne s Dashwood s story but set in Hampshire, England, nowadays.Ellen and Mimi Dodge have never been close, but their mother s dying wish sends them on a walking tour of Hampshire that follows in the footsteps of Jane Austen Beth Pattillo went on the same pleasant errands while writing this book Their mother also left them something a mysterious diary that belonged to Jane s sister Cassandra These private pages shed light on the secrets that nearly tore the Austen sisters apart and inspired one of the greatest love stories of all time.As the Dodge sisters visit sites that were important to the Austen sisters, from Steventon Rectory to Chawton Great House to Winchester Cathedral, they are drawn together in ways they never expected They also discover that Cassandra s diary holds clues that will ultimately lead them to Jane s own diary But someone doesn t want the Dodge sisters to discover Jane s secrets and will stop at nothing to keep Ellen and Mimi from finding the truth.There s an Edward Elinor thread Daniel and Ellen , a Willoughby Marianne unfortunate encounter Ethan and Mimi and, of course, a Brandon Marianne happy ending Tom and Mimi , with none of the bittersweet closing of Sense and Sensibility I ve always thought that ending the least happy among Austen very gratifying six epilogues The story is told in a smart, convincing, amusing style with magic moments of romance and a bit of mystery A great fun read If you fancy something which is light and enjoyable and Austenesque, this is perfect for you This was my first Austen inspired book so I had high expectationsbut my thoughts are a bit mixed Of course, it s fun to relive a beloved story yet, the retelling is a bit too similar to the original for me Obviously, set in the modern times gives it a new edge but I knew exactly what was going to happen the entire time I was reading no fun Ellen Elinor, Mimi Marianne, Colonel Tom Colonel Brandon, Ethan Willoughby, Daniel Edwardand this is not at all a spoiler because the au This was my first Austen inspired book so I had high expectationsbut my thoughts are a bit mixed Of course, it s fun to relive a beloved story yet, the retelling is a bit too similar to the original for me Obviously, set in the modern times gives it a new edge but I knew exactly what was going to happen the entire time I was reading no fun Ellen Elinor, Mimi Marianne, Colonel Tom Colonel Brandon, Ethan Willoughby, Daniel Edwardand this is not at all a spoiler because the author blatantly models the modern characters after the originals is this what all Austen inspired books are like Also, Austen s masterful romantic tension is absent in this novelthe relationships just didn t have as much depth.If you don t mind basically rereading a contemporary Sense and Sensibility with a few tweaks, then I m sure you ll really enjoy this novel However, if you want the author to take a bitcreative license with the original story, I m afraid you ll be disappointed with the book.3 5 stars My Comments This was a treadmill book and I m quickly coming to the conclusion that good treadmill books are easy reads with fast moving plots nothing I have to think about too much and something that makes me want to keep reading rather that to save it for tomorrow The Dashwood Sisters Tell All fit the bill perfectly Ellen and Mimi are sisters Ellen is practical, Mimi is not Both are in their 30 s and single They don t hate each other, but there is always friction when they are together My Comments This was a treadmill book and I m quickly coming to the conclusion that good treadmill books are easy reads with fast moving plots nothing I have to think about too much and something that makes me want to keep reading rather that to save it for tomorrow The Dashwood Sisters Tell All fit the bill perfectly Ellen and Mimi are sisters Ellen is practical, Mimi is not Both are in their 30 s and single They don t hate each other, but there is always friction when they are together Their mom is a great Jane Austen fan who always tried to interest them in her, and failed When she dies, she makes them traveling to England on a Jane Austen tour to scatter her ashes a condition of them inheriting This is the story of the trip When they get to England they learn that Ellen s first and only love is on the tour as well, and he has a gift for them from their mother Cassandra Austen s diary The sisters soon discover there is a mystery to be solved Of course too, there is Daniel to deal with, and some other men on the tour after all there are two sisters Mrs Parrot from Pattillo s other Jane Austen novels makes an appearance as well Read my review of Mr Darcy Broke My Heart Pattillo does a great job I guess because I ve never been there of describing the places they visited, and how they related to Jane and Cassandra Austen She has clearly either done her research or is a very creative writer As the book progresses, the sisters realize how universal the experience of sisterhood is for good and for bad, and, as would be expected in a book published by Guideposts, everyone lives happily ever after, and the only bedroom scenes involve the sisters lying on the beds talking I d like to thank publicist Maryann Palumbo for sending me a review copy of this book Grade B Ellen and Mimi Dodge are two sisters with personalities that do not mesh well together Separated by several states, they ve grown apart and their relationship has somewhat deteriorated over the years But since it is their mother s last wish, Ellen and Mimi are traveling to England together to find an appropriate place to scatter their mother s ashes Their mother, anticipating her death from cancer, prepared for her daughters to take a Jane Austen walking tour of Hampshire, England, which incl Ellen and Mimi Dodge are two sisters with personalities that do not mesh well together Separated by several states, they ve grown apart and their relationship has somewhat deteriorated over the years But since it is their mother s last wish, Ellen and Mimi are traveling to England together to find an appropriate place to scatter their mother s ashes Their mother, anticipating her death from cancer, prepared for her daughters to take a Jane Austen walking tour of Hampshire, England, which includes walks to Stevenson Rectory, Jane Austen s House Museum, and Winchester Cathedral It was her greatest desire that her daughters would discover the greatness of Jane Austen and establish a strong sisterly bond And so, Ellen and Mimi, neither of them Jane Austen fans, embark on this overseas adventure with very little enthusiasm or excitement, completely unaware of all the adventure, romance, and self discovery that awaits them The Dashwood Sisters Tell All is the third book in Beth Pattillo s Formidable series In previous books, our heroines have encountered members of the Formidables a secret society of select Austen scholars that safely guard and conserve a massive collection of letters and documents that belonged to Jane Austen and have unearthed the secrets of Jane Austen s life In this tale, Ellen and Mimi find something that belongs to Cassandra Austen that discloses some unknown truths about her relationship with Jane To continue reading, go to Ellen and Mimi are fulfilling their mother s last wish by embarking on a walking tour of Hampshire, England Their mother was a Jane Austen fan and her dying wish was for her daughters to walk the countryside that Jane herself had lived in.Ellen and Mimi have never been close Ellen is the sensible sister and Mimi has always been the flighty sister Neither woman has been lucky in love Ellen feels that she has always had to clean up Mimi s romantic disasters and Ellen herself lost the love of h Ellen and Mimi are fulfilling their mother s last wish by embarking on a walking tour of Hampshire, England Their mother was a Jane Austen fan and her dying wish was for her daughters to walk the countryside that Jane herself had lived in.Ellen and Mimi have never been close Ellen is the sensible sister and Mimi has always been the flighty sister Neither woman has been lucky in love Ellen feels that she has always had to clean up Mimi s romantic disasters and Ellen herself lost the love of her life while she was in college After arriving at their first hotel Ellen receives a package containing what appears to be the diary of Jane Austen s sister Cassandra Shortly after that Daniel arrives on the scene He is the only man that Ellen has ever loved He is now divorced and his presence causes Ellen much stress.Mimi in her usual fashion starts flirting with their tour guide Tom She doesn t mean anything by it as he is way too old for her taste She really falls for Ethan though and mistakenly tells him about Cassandra s diary While the girls are studying the diary they soon find a sort of code in the words that Cassandra has written It becomes obvious to them that Cassandra has left clues to a second hidden diary One that could be worth muchthan Cassandra s When the diary disappears both girls have suspicions of who took it and for what reason.What I enjoyed most about The Dashwood Sisters Tell All is the development of Ellen and Mimi s relationship How it compared with Elinore and Marianne Dashwood s relationship in Sense and Sensibility and then to how it compared to even Jane and her sister Cassandra I have really enjoyed reading Beth Pattillo s trips into Austen land Could have added a tonto the ending This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Firtly, all of the books I ve read by Beth Pattillo I ve read in a matter of days They re very quick reads and the language definitely in my opinion classifies them as young adult books The characters in all of her books are verysteriotypical and immature The characters have a few traits that make them stand out but all of them are on the surface Such as Ellen in sensible and Mimi is fashionable that s really all the character of them that we see While I do see some improvement in Firtly, all of the books I ve read by Beth Pattillo I ve read in a matter of days They re very quick reads and the language definitely in my opinion classifies them as young adult books The characters in all of her books are verysteriotypical and immature The characters have a few traits that make them stand out but all of them are on the surface Such as Ellen in sensible and Mimi is fashionable that s really all the character of them that we see While I do see some improvement in Beth s writing when it comes to humor and making dialoguenatural her plots need a lot of work The happenstances that occur in the book are so unrealistic its offensive and dumb People don t seem to have any motive to do what they do and their relationships are just too interconnected for the book to make sense Another thing that bugged me a bit was how inconsistent it was trying to figure out who the speaker was It wasn t Mimi and Ellen switching off consistently every chapter and there was no indication over who was speaking so that got confusing especially around the end it felt sloppier I guess overall this whole series is very sweet and a good rainy day romance book to read in a few hours but it s full of cliches that are almost a little cringe worthy I think a Jane Austen fan would appreciate it and I can definitely see improvements in her word choice and style as she goes along But classifying all older sisters as serious and younger ones as rebellious and making them both fall in love in a week and all is very very cheesy &EBOOK ⇹ The Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern Day Novel of Jane Austen ☟ Ellen and Mimi Dodge have never been close, but their mother s dying wish sends them on a walking tour of Hampshire, England, that follows in the footsteps of Jane Austen Their mother also left them something else a diary that belonged to Jane s sister Cassandra These pages shed light on the secrets that nearly tore the Austen sisters apart and inspired one of the greatest love stories of all time They also bring Jane to life in a way that no one has ever seen before through the eyes of her sister As the Dodge sisters embark on their walking tour, they too are drawn together in ways they never expected They also discover that Cassandra s diary holds secrets, and someone doesn t want Ellen and Mimi to discover the truth As they strumble on their way toward love, the women learn how Jane and Cassandra Austen inspired the original Marianne and Elinor Dashwood and come to realize that despite their very different personalities, they are a vital part of each other s happy endings 2.25 stars.This was a cute, easy read of a bookdefinitely chick lit I liked the sisters very much, and seeing their relationship change was great growth However, most of this book was rushed or extremely unrealistic All the twists just seemed silly, so I couldn t buy into anything that was being said This book is like eating candy it might make you happy in the moment, but you ll realize afterwards that there s nothing of substance. Patillo found a formal and in this book wore it down to a nub All enthusiasm I may have had for the first two dwindled away as I raced to read this book almost to get it over with The characters were flat and stereotypical The romance was cheesy and forced Things got a little better in parts, but it was mostly predictable, especially if you have any knowledge of Sense and Sensibility 1.5 stars.