PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY REVIEW July 18, 2005
A Jane Austen–obsessed heroine navigates life and love in Santini’s (A Swell Style of Murder) sprightly third novel. Raised by a feminist mother who preached independence and a romantic father who called her Princess, Lizzie Parsons, as an adult, spends her days crunching out film reviews for a Manhattan newspaper and her nights worshipping Jane Austen with fellow “JANO” members who believe that recreating the decorum of Austen’s novels is the only way to live. Lizzie also struggles between two alluring men—Gabriel, a fellow JANO (Jane-o-holics) member, and Harry, her should-be-off-limits boss who reminds her of Austen’s Fitzwilliam Darcy. In the midst of her Pride & Prejudice meets Sex and the City world, Lizzie is also beholden to her own mantra, “Don’t Be The Girl,” which has to do with flouting society’s expectations of women. What a lot of rules and regulations to live by! Will Lizzie figure out what—and who—she wants? Of course, but she’ll have to learn that life is all about negotiation—between freedom and dependence, fantasy and reality. With Lizzie, Santini has created a neurotic, zany, plotting character full of kick and spunk. (Sept.)
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based film critic Lizzie Parsons is the ultimate JANO (Jane-o-holics
adulating Jane Austin). She
classifies people by their favorite Austin novel and cherishes
decorating in accordance with her Goddess' novel descriptions.
two potential men in her life. Gabriel Graves meets the key requirement
of being a card carrying JANO member while her boss Harry Archer, so
filled with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, is the reincarnation of Fitzwilliam
Darcy. Lizzie, having been
raised by a fiery independent feminist and a film producing daddy who
always calls her his princess, cannot make up her mind which man she
wants. Of course, the
visiting British actor Darling Lad makes the decision that much more
difficult as he seems to be the epitome of Jane Austin's male characters
yet also appears to scorn the JANO world.
Fans of Jane Austin or madcap Manhattan chick lit tales that make Sex in the City seem like it is set in a monastery will want to read the wacky adventures of charmingly absurd, fixated, yet passionate Lizzie. The heroine makes Sex and Sensibility quite a fun tale as she struggles between three hunks measured against JANO standards while also debating whether she truly wants to give up her freedom to a relationship. Rosemarie Santini provides marvelously merry Manhattan misadventures.
Finally a heroine any
single girl can relate to.
I really enjoyed this
book. It captures the real life dilemma of a single independent girl
trying to make it in the modern world without letting go of all her
romantic ideals. This book is a quick, fun read that will leave you
I read Santini's Sex
& Sensibility on a business flight recently from Paris to New York
City. I am happy to report that this novel made the hours 'fly' (sorry)
by. I am a single male in my 30's living in Manhattan and the bottom
line is that Santini has nailed NYC, nailed it's men, nailed it's women
and nailed is strange, convoluted and intricate social/business vibe.
The protagonist, her friends and her acquaintances ARE the people I know
in Manhattan and her professional dynamic reveals Manhattan in it's true
naked silliness. I'm not an Austenite but suffice it to say that if you
are fascinated by the men and women who inhabit, socialize and work on
the little strip of land between the Hudson and East rivers, then this
is your book. And don't wait to get onto a transatlantic flight before
a fast happy read
If you are a lover of
Jane Austen you might wonder how you could live in today's world and
still adhere to the values expressed in her novels. This is what
Rosemarie Santini does so successfully in this enchanting book. A bright
accomplished young career woman perplexed by the complexities of her
life looks back to the Austen heroines for a path to follow. Funny and
fast moving, this is a book for a happy read that you will long
to Rosemarie Santini for "Sex & Sensibility. I eagerly followed
the triumphs and tragedies of our very today girl Lizzie in all her
trials and tribulations. It's a joy to see such a liberated female
character who embraces sexuality AND career. This is a book that appeals
to Austen fans or those that just love quick banter and a fun plot in a
terrific NYC backdrop.
It's Not a Sequel
People who want a Jane Austen sequel are looking in the wrong place. Santini's novel is about a very modern young woman who is trying to lead a Jane-Austen inspired life in the 21st century. She is torn between the more traditional values, represented by her father, and the feminist values of her mother. Lizzie is searching for love, and you'll just have to read the book to see if she finds it.
ALL YOU NEED IS A
SENSE OF HUMOR
Dear, oh Dear!
and Sensibility: the adventures of a Jane Austen addict is a hilarious
book with a soulful message.
A Jane Austen addict
in today's New York
Santini's novel, SEX & SENSIBILITY; the adventures of a Jane Austen
addict, is an affectionate social satire for today. I haven't had so
much fun since I first read Trollope.
Manhattan based film
critic Lizzie Parsons is the ultimate JANO (Jane-o-holics adulating Jane
Austin). She classifies people by their favorite Austin novel and
cherishes decorating in accordance with her Goddess' novel descriptions.
I highly recommend
PUB DATE: SEPTEMBER 2005
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