The Secrets of Love Paperback
What would happen if you transferred the traumas of teenage love from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility to the twenty-first century?
How would Ellie, Abby and Georgie fare without the restraints of nineteenth-century England?
Will Ellie's ever-sensible attitude towards life prevent her from ever snogging the gorgeous, but somewhat reticent, Blake?
Is Abby's devil-may-care outlook destined to land her in big trouble with Hunter, who majors in being up himself? And what about the baby of the family, Georgie? She's a tomboy, with more male friends than anyone, and so strong-willed she'll never take no for an answer!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Templar Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/02/2005
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781853407741
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Review by AdonisGuilfoyle
I didn't enjoy Rosie Rushton's 21st century update of <i>Sense and Sensibility</i> quite like her adaptation of <i>Emma</i> (<i>Secret Schemes and Daring Dreams</i>), but then I feel the same about Austen's original novels too. Still, <i>The Secrets of Love</i> is a clever reworking of the Dashwood sisters' lives and loves, about three sisters who lose their estranged father and have to downsize and move from Brighton to Norfolk. Ellie is the eldest and most responsible, who falls for somebody else's guy, Abby is the middle sister torn between two boys, and Georgie is the youngest, a daredevil tomboy.Some scenes were very effective, like the death of Mr Dashwood and Abby's dramatic exit, but the writing overall seemed stilted and the dialogue rather dated ('Ace!') and Americanised ('I guess'). I did appreciate how Rushton worked with Austen's characters - Pandora the wicked stepmother was a worthy stand-in for Fanny - but chick-lit for teens could never quite match Austen's genius, I'm afraid.