The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love

The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love

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by Rosie Rushton
     
 

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The Walker sisters have always lived a privileged life in their beloved Holly House in Sussex. Even though their father, Max Walker, has left the family to live with his new macrobiotic-food-obsessed trophy wife, Pandora, he has always doted on his girls. But then one day, reality crashes down around them when Max has a heart attack and passes away, uncovering the

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The Walker sisters have always lived a privileged life in their beloved Holly House in Sussex. Even though their father, Max Walker, has left the family to live with his new macrobiotic-food-obsessed trophy wife, Pandora, he has always doted on his girls. But then one day, reality crashes down around them when Max has a heart attack and passes away, uncovering the truth that he was knee deep in debt. The Walkers discover that their home is actually in Pandora's name and she decides she wants it back. So the family has to uproot their lives and move to the seaside town of Norfolk in an old cottage. What happens then?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
PW called this tale of the title sisters, forced from their ancestral home after their father's death to move to Norfolk, where they concentrate on their romantic ambitions "a bright-eyed tale." Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Ellie, Abby, and Georgie Dashwood dislike their father's new wife and the effect she is having on him. When he dies suddenly, the girls and their mother learn that Mr. Dashwood left enormous debts and no inheritance, and the sting is even greater because he changed his will to leave the family's ancestral home to the new Mrs. Dashwood. The girls must leave their private school near London and the only home they've known and move to a small cottage in the country. The sisters and their mother cope with their reduced circumstances in different ways. Ellie, the oldest, is the practical one who worries about everything but finds love. Abby, the drama-queen middle child, falls in love with the rich bad boy and ends up hurt, and Georgie, the youngest, is the tomboy who doesn't realize the effect she has on a local boy. The girls' mother just does a lot of hand-wringing. If the plot seems familiar, it should because the novel is presented as an "homage" to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. The author does a decent job of modernizing the tale, but the writing lacks Austen's subtlety and reads more like a movie script. In addition, the story is predictable, and the characters are all fairly static. However, the novel is enjoyable in the way that "beach books" are, and it will appeal to teens looking for something light and entertaining. The cover is eye-catching and au courant as well.-Cheri Dobbs, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Unlike Jane Austen's classic exploration of passion versus reserve, this homage to Sense and Sensibility itself falls victim to exaggeration and melodrama. As in the original, there are three Dashwood sisters, the eldest calm and the second impulsive. They live with their mother in the ancestral family home, which their father vacated when he fell for a young, fake-breasted health nut and remarried. He soon dies penniless and the destitute Dashwoods remove to a small cottage. Ellie and Abby (the eldest and middle sisters) have plotlines similar to Sense and Sensibility, with boys filling the same roles as in the original, but revelations fall flat. Rushton uses a jarring combination of Austen and update; for example, why is eldest sister Ellie named after Austen's Elinor but second sister Abby not named after Austen's Marianne? Hard-to-believe details include emotions that change too quickly and muttered put-downs that the victim (standing right there) never hears. Leans vaguely on Austen's structure without developing its own substance or grace; unsatisfying. (Fiction. 10-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786851362
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh wow i love this book. I have to say that i cried a whole lot though. I think anyone would enjoy this because it has charm and cleverness. You WILL love this book. Can't wait for a sequel?
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PiTA218 More than 1 year ago
Cute! Def. one to share with your own sisters. Enjoyable to all b/c its a very relatable story.
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MeghanXorawrr More than 1 year ago
This book i finished in 3 days i would have finished it in 2days but i had a dentist appointment and went shopping...But this book was so good i cried and couple of times and was finding myself skipping sentences and paragraphs to find what happens next...my favorite sister out of Ellie, Abby, and Georgie is Ellie I like her story alot it's cute but very complicated and i love it...I recommend this book to anyone who likes love stories great book i loved it :]
readaholic33 More than 1 year ago
I liked it because it was more of an updated version of Sense and Sensability which I love!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for summer reading, and I am so glad that I had to. This really was a very good book, and I am 16- almost 17. It really had me at the edge of my seat and I wanted there to be more after the book, or even a sequel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am ususally not the type for stupid love stories, but I found myself in love with this book!!!! I loved the qoutes, and its just a really nice book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was sooo good. I loved it! It makes you realize that anything can happen at anytime. It is a cute love story that will take you to another world. You will love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! I have never been a total reader type of person but ever since I read this book which is filled with drama, sadness, and tons more I have reccomended this book so much! I was totally drug in and couldnt let go! I now enjoy more books like this. I have to say out of EVERY book i have read this must be the best one ever. I would not listen to the people who say oh this is HORRIBLE.....just try it and see what you think!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a several books and this honestly is the BEST!!!!! I had a favorite book called Love,Ruby Lavendar and this off the top totally beats it! I love this amazing book. I normally dont like to read but i felt glued in this book and really into it! The 3 girls go through a horrible life but in the end it is phonomenal! The girls have a dad die, lose their home, and live in a tiny house! It is an amazing book! READ IT!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. For some young readers, the writing could be difficult to follow because of the UK style...it's readable. It does have a nice storyline/plot to it. Stick with it and Anything is possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in five hours, very good book. i could just imagine this book as a movie, it would be really good if the author made it into a movie. i recommend this to anyone who is into young adult romance books. the only thing i dont like is that they forget all about pandora, like by the middle of the book she is gone haha
Guest More than 1 year ago
my friend told me that this book was great, but when i read it, i was confussed. it was pretty sad and dragy, with ellie and blake. plus at the end im not sure who georgie ends up with, tom or adam? also the back gives away like what happens pretty much at the end. i mean we dont meet hunter until the end. it was pretty good and i read it pretty quickly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was immediately drawn to this book because of its cover. Even though 'you shouldn't judge a book by a cover' I did and I knew the book would be great...and it was!!! I read this book in one day and I loved it!!! It was AMAZING!!!! =]
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was a good plot line and overall story, but there was no detail whatsoever. i mean, you can't even picture what they look like hair, eyes, hieght. the author doen't even dicribe anything. overall, i'g have to say it is a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book a week before setting off on a cruise. I was very excited because it sounded like a class- A summer read about boys and girls and gossip and fun. I immeditaly began reading it throughout the last week of school and, slowly, I began to avoid it, shopping or watching movies instead of openning the book again. This book is not a summer read. I'm not sure if I was just expecting and wanting something different and got the complete oppisite: a book about the death of three sister's father. It bothered me that the description on the back of the book was only depicted in the last few chapters. It had many good points but, in total, the book was a bust and a waste of money.