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( Read Kindle ) â The Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern Day Novel of Jane Austen Æ 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 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. Great fun nourishing Jane Austen fans sense and romance readers sensibilities Following Jane Austen Ruined My Life 2009 and Mr Darcy Broke My Heart 2010 , Austenesque author Beth Pattillo presents the third book in the Formidables Series, The Dashwood Sisters Tell All If you are wondering what Formidables are, besides being the thread that binds all three of these modern Jane Austen themed novels together, it is a clever play on Jane s own stern moniker for herself and her sister Cass Great fun nourishing Jane Austen fans sense and romance readers sensibilities Following Jane Austen Ruined My Life 2009 and Mr Darcy Broke My Heart 2010 , Austenesque author Beth Pattillo presents the third book in the Formidables Series, The Dashwood Sisters Tell All If you are wondering what Formidables are, besides being the thread that binds all three of these modern Jane Austen themed novels together, it is a clever play on Jane s own stern moniker for herself and her sister Cassandra in their later years, and, the appropriately named secret society of devoted Janeites safekeeping Austen manuscripts and letters thought to have been destroyed ages ago Each of the novels involves an American heroine or in this case heroines thrown into the investigation of Austen documents held or wanted by the society while she is visiting England They are Jane Austen meets the Da Vinci Code light hearted mysteries Austenalia romances that have become one of my favorite light, bright and sparkly indulgences to loose myself in with a cup of tea and a little fantasy.Inspired by Jane Austen s Sense and Sensibility, the plot of The Dashwood Sisters Tell All parallels many elements in Austen original story Any Janeite worthy of their set of The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen will recognize siblings Ellen and Mimi Dodge as Austen s divergent protagonists Elinor and Marianne Dashwood These two modern thirty something Dashwood s don t have much in common personality wise, nor do they like each other very much, but to honor their mother s dying wish they travel to England for a walking tour of Hampshire Taking the Jane Austen pilgrimage to Steventon Rectory, Chawton Cottage, and the Chawton Great House, their journey concludes at her final resting place, Winchester Cathedral Along the way they must decide where they want to scatter their mother s ashes and what to do with a diary she gave them that may have been written by Jane s sister Cassandra Each of the sisters reacts differently to the realization that the diary may be authentic and valuable Shallow and vain Mimi smells money to fund her desire to open a fashion boutique in New York City, and practical and stoic Ellen wants to read, understand and discover if the diary is indeed authentic and if they want to sell it.Mysteriously, others in the tour group, especially the Jane Austen expert Mrs Gwendolyn Parrot, seem to know who the sisters are and why they are there, even though they have not shared any of the details with her Also popping back into Ellen s life after fifteen years, and into the tour group is Daniel, her college heartthrob and the only man she has ever loved, even though he never knew it He is now an antiques dealer and Ellen assumes that her mother also sent him on the tour to help her daughters with the diary, and rekindle the unrequited love that Ellen never pursued On the other hand, Mimi who fails in and out of love as quickly as the changing fashion season immediately hooks up with another enigmatic gentleman on the tour, the hunky Ethan Blake, a descendant of Jane Austen who has recently inherited a local estate Ellen secretly questions why a local would take a walking tour in his own backyard Mimi doesn t wonder anything about Ethan, except when he will propose.As the sisters travel through the countryside following in Austen s path, they also read the diary revealing secrets in Jane and her sister Cassandra s relationship that so tested their love and friendship for each other that it nearly tore them apart forever While Ellen and Mimi have their own Elinor and Marianne Dashwood romantic entanglements and disappointments, they are drawn together when they question if the plot in Sense and Sensibility is based on the author s real life experiences, and others in their group who are part of the Formidables go to great lengths to prevent them from discovering the truth.Anyone eager for a vacation from the usual Austenesque fare inspired by Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy will appreciate the creative, unique, and intriguing contemporary theme and snap this novel up without a second thought Pattillo has the clever knack of combining a romantic contemporary tale with historical connections centered around Austen lore The Dashwood Sisters Tell All nourishes Jane Austen fans senses, and romance readers sensibilities Come for the Austen travelogue and get lost in the romance and adventure.P.S we are still patiently awaiting the invitation to become a Formidable.Laurel Ann, Austenprose 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 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