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Anne Elliot is the daughter of a peacock of a baronet. She had a chance to marry Captain Wentworth when they were both young, but her family and friends talked her out of the match. Now that she’s twenty-eight and still single, he has retired from the sea and re-enters her circle of acquaintances.
My favorite Austen! Captain Wentworth! *sigh* Or is it *swoon*?
This was a nice blend of Austen’s pointed social commentary and a (bitter)sweet romance. Anne’s family is just awful. They are silly, vain and entirely too class-conscious. They insist on their “inferiors” showing them the proper amount of deference and later spend their time toadying up to those of a higher rank. They aren’t really very happy but they’re so self-obsessed that they don’t even consciously notice it. One of Anne’s sisters shows her discontent by always forcing those around her to pay constant attention to her. She’s more childish than her children! I was ready to smack her. And her other sister. And her father. Hmmm. I think that’s everybody.
Anne, by contrast, is practical, sympathetic, and down-to-earth. She sweetly tries to rein in her family’s sillier tendencies while also trying to do her best by those around her, no matter their “station.” She’s the one with a cool head who can be relied upon when crises arise. She’s the one who can be relied upon to nurse those who are injured or ill. She’s also the quiet one, so I was worried that she would never have the courage to go after what she wanted.
And then there’s Captain Wentworth, my new book crush. I’ve never been crazy about Mr. Darcy and Company (*gasp* The horror!), but Wentworth is the Austen hero for me. He’s always polite, a good conversationalist, manly, a war hero, and protective of the women in his circle. This was about four stars for me until right at the very end, then Wentworth pulled out all the stops, my heart fluttered, and the rating came solidly to rest at a five. Men should read at least the last couple of chapters of this book if they want to know what women want from them.
You know already if you’re an Austen fan or not, so there’s not much point in my saying who will like this. I will say that I’m glad that Misty
shoved this at me encouraged me to finally read this.
Misty at The Book Rat
If you liked Persuasion, you might also like my reviews of
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
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