SENSE AND SENSIBILITY - Historical Romance Series
Historical Romance Review:
Loved it, stunning adaptation, the scenery of the Devonshire coastline was magnificent; rugged cliffs, crashing waves and rolling, green hills. Costume, cast and performance made the story truly believable and stirred emotions.
Marianne, impulsive, naive, vulnerable, filled with romantic notions was the perfect contrast to Elinor who silently yearned for love constraining herself with propriety and practicality. Mrs Jennings character was amusing in her directness and persistent interest in finding the young ladies a marriage match. Colonel Brandon, so serious yet a true gentleman, Edward Ferrars, a victim of female manipulation and the dashing young Willougby, charming and silver-tongued.
The portrayal of chemistry/attraction, between the male and female characters was fantastic, particularly loved a scene where Marianne was trailing Willoughby up a staircase and their fingers were touching, yet not touching, you could feel the sparks between them. Another favourite scene was a shot of Elinor, who had run to a cave by the sea to seek solace, her silhouette captured in silver moonlight against a background of shining grey pebbles and shimmering waves.
One for the Collection!
Mr Dashwood passes away, and his estate (Norland Park) is passed onto his only son, John, leaving his second wife, Mrs Dashwood and three daughers with only a small income and nowhere to stay. Mr Dashwood makes John promise on his deathbed that he will look after Mrs Dashwood and the girls however John's wife Fanny who is spiteful, shallow and selfish has other ideas. Before leaving Norland Park Elinor meets Edward Ferrars, they develop a friendship and mutual liking for one another.
Mrs Dashwood's cousin, Sir John Middleton offers the family a cottage on his Devonshire estate, although it a huge step down from Norland Park Mrs Dashwood is eager to leave the prickly atmosphere created by her sister-in-law Fanny and accepts. The cottage is small, with only two servants but the family has no choice but to adjust and make the best of their circumstances.
Without 'a fortune' Elinor and Marianne's chances of making a good match are slim however the girls are intelligent, attractive and accomplished. Sir John invites the family to socialise at Branton Park where Marianne meets Colonel Brandon. Marianne dimisses Colonel Brandon as a possible suitor as he is twice her age and doesn't meet her idealistic vision of a husband. This is reinforced when she falls off a cliff edge twisting her ankle and the rescuer, Willoughby, young and handsome steps into her life.
Elinor and Marianne must overcome deception, conspiracy and their own personal challenges if they are to find true love and happiness.
**In reference to the Title, Sense and Sensibility, (sense being reason/logic) and (sensibility being emotion)