Sense and Sensibility – Staff Review – Isabella

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Request)(CloudLibrary)

Set in Regency Era England, Sense and Sensibility transports the reader back in time while simultaneously bringing up prevalent issues of today. At the beginning of the novel, Elinor (sense) and Marianne (sensibility) are introduced. Elinor is emotionless and practical while Marianne is empathetic and passionate. Both regularly butt heads due to their differing dispositions, but Elinor and Marianne learn to band together when hardship comes along. Despite being a novel from around 200 years ago, Sense and Sensibility introduces a problem present today, judging based on differences. Preceding the hardship, Marianne and Elinor frequently find themselves disliking the actions and attitudes of the other. Afterward, both of the sisters learn to love one another for who they are and even adopt some characteristics of the opposite person. Sense and Sensibility teaches readers to love and accept the differences in others while coming to terms with the uniqueness of oneself. I love this novel and the accepting message it relays to the audience.

5 stars

Northanger Abbey – Staff Review – Isabella

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (Request)(CloudLibrary)

Northanger Abbey veers off from the other Jane Austen novels due to its spooky and gothic ambiance. The protagonist of the story, Catherine Morland, travels to Bath, England where she meets Henry Tilney and is subsequently invited to his estate, Northanger Abbey. Due to her love of mystery/horror novels, Catherine’s curious brain soon becomes suspicious of all that goes on in Northanger Abbey. Catherine’s curiosity may be her downfall, or it may lead her to conclusions that just might blow her mind. I love this novel. It expertly meets the sweet, romantic nature of many Jane Austen novels with a mysterious, gothic aura. Readers are brought along with Catherine as she searches through wooden chests, sneaks into private rooms, and mulls over her feelings for Henry Tilney. The incredibleness of Northanger Abbey continues into the last line, which just so happens to be my favorite concluding sentence of any novel I have read. 

5 stars