Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love-and its threatened loss-the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.
My opinion: While I wouldn’t consider it to be one of my favourites, it does seem to delve more deeply into the nature of human relationships and how people react to romantic relationships, whether through concealment or through experiencing them so that everybody knows them. While it had been 14 years since I had last read the book, I did find the book more enjoyable in light of seeing the BBC version that came out within the last few years. I did find that book did drag at times and that I found myself re-reading portions of the book due to the fact that I stopped and started the book too many times to count, but when I did get into a chapter that was interesting and had some flow to it, I did manage to read the book at a good clip. Overall, it was not as good as P&P or Emma, but was still pretty good.
Rating 4/5 stars