Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen. The novel is likely set in southwest England, London, and Sussex between 1792 and 1797. It tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor (age 19) and Marianne (age 16) as they come of age. They have an older half-brother, John, and a younger sister, Margaret, 13. The novel follows the three Dashwood sisters as they must move with their widowed mother from the estate on which they grew up, Norland Park. Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1811.