Rating: * –1.5 Stars
GENRE: Contemporary Romance/Fan-Fiction
BOOK SUMMARY: Betty Weissmann has just been dumped by her husband of forty-eight years. Exiled from her elegant New York apartment by her husband’s mistress, she and her two middle-aged daughters, Miranda and Annie, regroup in a run-down Westport, Connecticut, beach cottage. In Schine’s playful and devoted homage to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, the impulsive sister is Miranda, a literary agent entangled in a series of scandals, and the more pragmatic sister is Annie, a library director, who feels compelled to move in and watch over her capricious mother and sister (Amazon Book Description).
REVIEWER COMMENTS: I had such high hopes for this book. A contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility, and the New York Times was raving about it, so, what could go wrong? Well, a lot. The characters are very unlikable, and I could not identify with any of them. The plot is not interesting and the romance, well, puzzling to say the least. A homage to Sense and Sensibility? Well, let’s see: the two sisters are nothing like Elinor and Marianne. One of them –SPOILER ALERT- becomes gay later on in the novel… what? The male characters are nothing like Willoughby and Edward. The end… well the end was hard to get to, for me.
SEXUAL CONTENT: References to sexual encounters but nothing described explicitly. A few kisses.
ADULT LANGUAGE: Mild
*Conclusion: I am never comfortable with “bashing” a novel. I have high respect for authors and the efforts they put into writing and publishing a book. And I usually find something positive to say about a book I read. But that was difficult here. Again, you might give it a try –it is a relatively clean book- and I’d love to hear your thoughts!