Sense and Sensibility is one of my favourite Austen’s and here are 8 reasons why….
1.Reading a story featuring three sisters always provided my only child-self with glee.
2. Marianne Dashwood is one of my favourite characters in literature. She is a romantic, loves reading and music, and her heartbreak (200 years on) is still as cutting and real today as it would have been for women reading first editions.
3. Elinor Dashwood is the big sister that everybody dreams of having – taking the ‘sensibility’ part of the title Elinor never falters in her dedication and loyalty to her family and I love her for that.
4. Despite the Dashwood family being unfairly turned out of their grand home, Norland Park to a small cottage by the sea with a significantly reduced income, they adapt to their new surroundings and situation with hardcore determination to make the most of it – despite a few wobbles here and there!
5. Throughout the book you get to ramble along the Devonshire coastline, visit some of the grandest stately homes and travel through the busy streets and parties of Regency London. A true time-travelling experience.
6. The love story or stories – there are so many twists and turns before any happy endings can take place it keeps you guessing who will end up with who till the end.
7. For providing us with these wise words: “Know your own happiness.”
8. And finally because once you have finished reading it, you have the joy of watching Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman make the most gorgeous on-screen couple ever.
Is Sense and Sensibility one of your favourites? If so I’d love to hear what you love most about it.