Book Review: Sense and Sensibility Insight Edition

Sense and Sensibility, INSIGHT EDITION
Jane Austen
Bethany House Publishers

From the Product page:
The Classic Tale of Secret Engagements, First Loves,
and Two Sisters, Opposites in Every Way
Smile . . . you are about to read not only one of the classic works of English literature, but a novel filled with love, humor, and heart.
This edition of Sense and Sensibility exists to make your reading experience all the more pleasurable–offering interesting trivia, uniquely humorous insight, and meaningful inspiration.
Prudent Elinor Dashwood and her passionate sister, Marianne, will come vividly to life. Their search for love, their heartbroken anguish, their wit, and their unceasing loyalty to each other–all of it will remind you why they are two of Austen’s most beloved characters.
Whether you’re new to Barton Cottage or have visited often, one thing is assured: This read will delight your heart and stir your spirit.

Includes “Conversation Questions” Perfect for Book Discussion Groups!

Foreword by Julie Klassen, bestselling author of The Apothecary’s Daughter

My Thoughts:
I am not going to retell the story since most of us have already read this book at some point in time. I am going to tell you about the features in this Insight Edition. So this review will be a wee bit shorter.

This Insight Edition is perfect for book club discussions, home school studies, or any other reasons you may dig deeper and discuss this book. It has questions in the back for sparking discussions, though I do think they are a small amount and would expect more questions to be included.

On the pages during the reading you get quotes and little discussions through out your reading. Some things talk about the book in general. For example on page 128 you get this little footnote: This chapter ended the first volume in the original printing. Something I never would have known, not useful, but a nice nugget of information.

There are little symbols next to the notes through out the book to let you know what “type” of note it is: historical, facts, tidbits, references, themes, and different kinds of comments. It is a neat concept that they should do more often, especially with the classics that we would usually read for educational study. This I think would be perfect for home schools who like to use classical reading to teach history and the like.

It’s pretty simple and it’s not distracting. It actually makes you want to read the parts the foot note is talking about. I went through and pre-read the footnotes to see what they said. So it does spark your interest and encourages you to read. And after you do, your like hhmmm.

So you should consider this edition if you want more out of just reading a book. It can open you up to more information and spark learning. I really like the concept and I hope they make more.

I am giving this book a 5 star rating for the concept and not on the book itself. The book itself is a classic for a reason; it’s a good story about life, troubles, and triumphs.

My Review Disclosure: The products I receive are provided for me for free. I do not get paid for the reviews. If there is ever a change in an individual product I will post it in that review.

I reviewed this book for Bethany House Publishers. To learn more please visit their site
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2 Responses to Book Review: Sense and Sensibility Insight Edition

  1. Ginger says:

    Thanks for sharing your blog w/ me! I'm also a homeschool mommy. I'll enjoy reading more here. 🙂
    (from PBS)


  2. Ginger says:

    Forgot to add: I'm hoping Bethany House publishes the rest of the Jane Austen's. I really enjoy these versions.


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