A Margaret Dashwood Novel
by Amanda Quain
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Pub Date 16 Jul 2024 | Archive Date 30 Jul 2024
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books
In this contemporary update of Sense and Sensibility, Margaret Dashwood is setting sail on an adventurous summer cruise—unless love sinks her first.
Margaret Dashwood lives her life according to plan, and it involves absolutely zero heartbreak, thank you very much. Five years ago, love tore her family apart, and since then, she’s kept her own heart as safe as possible. It hasn’t been easy, especially since her sister Marianne—the world’s biggest romantic—has conveniently forgotten that love burned her so badly she literally almost died. So when their oldest sister Elinor invites Margaret along for a Marianne-free summer cruise, she can’t wait to soak up every scheduled moment with sensible Elinor before heading off to college.
But just before they set sail, a newly-single Marianne announces that she’s crashing their vacation. Suddenly, Margaret’s itineraries are thrown overboard, and the ship’s cabin feels even tinier with her sister wailing about her breakup from the bottom bunk. The only solution? Find Marianne a dose of love to tide her over until they reach land.
With help from Elinor, her husband Edward, and Gabe—a distractingly handsome new friend on the crew—Margaret sets out to create a series of elaborate fake dates that will give Marianne the spontaneously curated summer romance of a lifetime. But between a chaotic sister, the growing storm of feelings between Margaret and Gabe, and an actual storm on the horizon, this summer is destined to go off course. Margaret will have to decide what’s more important—following the plan, or following her heart.
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How FUN! Really enjoyed this contemporary retelling of Jane Austen's "Sense & Sensibility", but with the Dashwood sisters on boats & beaches!! I also read the author's "Ghosted" last summer, which was an updated & very different "Northhanger Abbey" & also enjoyed it a lot. Amanda Quain has found a fun new spin on some old personal favorites & I will check out what's she does next for sure! My sincere thanks to Net Galley & the publisher for the complimentary DRC - my pleasure to review it!
I am absolutely over the moon about Amanda Quain's Austen-inspired series, and "Dashed" is like a burst of joy in book form! Picture this: we're back with the Dashwood family, riding the waves of excitement post-"Sense and Sensibility." Life has thrown some curveballs their way, what with losing their dad and Marianne's rollercoaster romance. But fear not, because the Dashwoods are setting sail on a cruise, courtesy of the serene ship pastor Edward – cue the adventure!
Margaret, the once-upon-a-time fan of Marianne's wild ways, is now channeling her inner Elinor vibes. Picture this serene family cruise suddenly rocked by Hurricane Marianne, who's fresh from a breakup and ready to spice things up. Margaret, determined to keep her chill summer intact, hatches a plan to distract her drama-loving sister. And oh boy, does it involve an intriguing male crew member!
Quain's genius shines through in "Dashed" as she spins her magic with a contemporary Austen twist. Taking a character from the sidelines and giving them the spotlight? Genius! The cruise ship becomes the modern-day equivalent of a summer in Bath, complete with social whirlwinds, concerts, and the potential for wonderfully awkward encounters.
"Dashed" is not just a YA romance; it's a bubbly, sparkling, and utterly charming take on "Sense and Sensibility." Even if you haven't dipped your toes into Austen's world, this book is a standalone gem. I couldn't get enough of the delightful twists and turns, and now I'm practically dancing with anticipation for Quain's spin on the rest of Austen's tales. Trust me, this book is like a fizzy concoction of love and laughter – an absolute delight!
I like it when a book billed as retelling surprises me by being something a little different, and this one definitely succeeded in that.nothing. The plot was well-developed and romance was sweet, perfect for a YA book! I can’t wait to re-read this in the summer time!
A special thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.