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"Sense will always have attractions for me.” Whether Avalyn is sensible or not, whether she falls in love or not, does not matter. Matrimony isn’t in her future, and when the beautiful Miss Owian befriends her, Avalyn knows for certain she shouldn’t have let her heart wish for Mr. Andred. Lilla’s magic makes everything she feels burst out of her, in broken windows or flares "Sense will always have attractions for me.” Whether Avalyn is sensible or not, whether she falls in love or not, does not matter. Matrimony isn’t in her future, and when the beautiful Miss Owian befriends her, Avalyn knows for certain she shouldn’t have let her heart wish for Mr. Andred. Lilla’s magic makes everything she feels burst out of her, in broken windows or flares of fire. Why can’t she be sensible and keep her magic from overcoming her? She would wish her magic away in an instant, but could she survive the cost? Mr. Andred is haunted by what he has done. He wishes to change the past. Then, perhaps, he’d be worthy of the kind and sensible Avalyn Pellinore. When Avalyn’s life is in danger will he let his past overcome him and fail to do what he must to save her life? In Secrets and Splendor, Jane Austen’s beloved characters take a turn down a road of magic where polite Regency society merges with power and enchantment. Secrets and Splendor is Book 4 in the Fantasy Austen Retellings series. Each book in the series is a standalone work and can be read in any order.


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"Sense will always have attractions for me.” Whether Avalyn is sensible or not, whether she falls in love or not, does not matter. Matrimony isn’t in her future, and when the beautiful Miss Owian befriends her, Avalyn knows for certain she shouldn’t have let her heart wish for Mr. Andred. Lilla’s magic makes everything she feels burst out of her, in broken windows or flares "Sense will always have attractions for me.” Whether Avalyn is sensible or not, whether she falls in love or not, does not matter. Matrimony isn’t in her future, and when the beautiful Miss Owian befriends her, Avalyn knows for certain she shouldn’t have let her heart wish for Mr. Andred. Lilla’s magic makes everything she feels burst out of her, in broken windows or flares of fire. Why can’t she be sensible and keep her magic from overcoming her? She would wish her magic away in an instant, but could she survive the cost? Mr. Andred is haunted by what he has done. He wishes to change the past. Then, perhaps, he’d be worthy of the kind and sensible Avalyn Pellinore. When Avalyn’s life is in danger will he let his past overcome him and fail to do what he must to save her life? In Secrets and Splendor, Jane Austen’s beloved characters take a turn down a road of magic where polite Regency society merges with power and enchantment. Secrets and Splendor is Book 4 in the Fantasy Austen Retellings series. Each book in the series is a standalone work and can be read in any order.

30 review for Secrets and Splendor: A Fantasy Austen Retelling

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    4.5 rounded up to 5 stars Fascinating Sense and Sensibility variation that brings magic into the story. All the names have been changed, as is consistent with the other books in this Austen series. Once you get a feel for who's who, it works very nicely with obvious parallels to Jane Austen's classic. Content is clean. 4.5 rounded up to 5 stars Fascinating Sense and Sensibility variation that brings magic into the story. All the names have been changed, as is consistent with the other books in this Austen series. Once you get a feel for who's who, it works very nicely with obvious parallels to Jane Austen's classic. Content is clean.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I enjoyed this one too! It deviates from the original story more then the first 3 did. This one is almost a story all on it's own. Why have I never heard of any of these authors? This had a different feel then the others as the author was new, but still very similar in style. This has the story of Sense and Sensibility and the love stories were more prominent than in the original. This one has a really amazing set up and it flowed really well but I wonder if the author got a little too deep in t I enjoyed this one too! It deviates from the original story more then the first 3 did. This one is almost a story all on it's own. Why have I never heard of any of these authors? This had a different feel then the others as the author was new, but still very similar in style. This has the story of Sense and Sensibility and the love stories were more prominent than in the original. This one has a really amazing set up and it flowed really well but I wonder if the author got a little too deep in the story and characters because the ending was not as deep or fleshed out as the first of the book. I am glad it didn't drag but everything was wrapped up too quickly. This author has a beautiful way of writing but almost gets lost in it sometimes. I felt myself wondering where we were going when one of the sisters would get lost in theirs heads.....ANY -who this book was more than I was expecting and I loved it and found it odd at the same time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Ardnek

    Solid reinterpretation of Austen's classic, however, the author's newness shows as it's on the rushed side. The story feels more like a series of snapshots in the journey, rather than the journey itself. But it's a thoroughly decent debut and I really loved how the magic was infused into S&S. Solid reinterpretation of Austen's classic, however, the author's newness shows as it's on the rushed side. The story feels more like a series of snapshots in the journey, rather than the journey itself. But it's a thoroughly decent debut and I really loved how the magic was infused into S&S.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Happy Reading Watching

    Jane Austen Sense and sensibility meets fantasy! This was a fast, fun and clean read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carol Guthrie

    This version of Sense and Sensibility makes the characters much more palatable. Both stories have their place, but Secrets and Splendor is a nice spin on the original. I like that we get to read many of the characters' thoughts and feelings. Avalyn is a sweet, selfless woman; Maggie is a spirited child. Lilla's emotional turmoil mirrors that of a real person with anxiety and depression. Marrianne in Jane's version is often distraught, but readers view her more as a young woman who just needed to This version of Sense and Sensibility makes the characters much more palatable. Both stories have their place, but Secrets and Splendor is a nice spin on the original. I like that we get to read many of the characters' thoughts and feelings. Avalyn is a sweet, selfless woman; Maggie is a spirited child. Lilla's emotional turmoil mirrors that of a real person with anxiety and depression. Marrianne in Jane's version is often distraught, but readers view her more as a young woman who just needed to receive a hefty dose of reality. MeLisa Stone gives us a valid reason for the young woman's turmoil. She is able to depict reality with words; her version of Lilla gives us a glimpse of the emotional suffering experienced by those with a mental disorder. I have a child who would heartily agree. As for the men, Mr. Andred is worthy of Avalyn, whereas Edward does not deserve Elinor in Jane's original version. The creative twists to the story make for a great read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    Clever idea I really enjoyed this book and was sad to see it end. The idea of spinning magic through Jane Austen is interesting! I loved the characters and it all came alive in my mind.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hilary Cherrington

    A delightful book from start to finish! The characters were enchanting and the writing draws you in. I knew it was an Austen retelling, but it really is it's own wonderful story as well. I can't wait to read more in the series and from this author. A delightful book from start to finish! The characters were enchanting and the writing draws you in. I knew it was an Austen retelling, but it really is it's own wonderful story as well. I can't wait to read more in the series and from this author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vonne

    **Actually a 4.5-rating**

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I'm really enjoying these magical spins on the Austen classics. I didn't think I would but I really did. Sweet magical regency romance. Moral Note: Mild violence, no language, clean romance. I'm really enjoying these magical spins on the Austen classics. I didn't think I would but I really did. Sweet magical regency romance. Moral Note: Mild violence, no language, clean romance.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Interesting take on Sense and Sensibility. I liked some of the changes but I would have liked a bit more from Lilla’s relationship though. Kisses only

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sami

    3.5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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    Kelsie Engen

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