Forget Pride and Prejudice, forget Emma, Persuasion is hands-down my favourite Jane Austen book.
I first came across the story when I found a copy of the 1995 movie. The longing and heartache grabbed hold of me and I’ve loved the story ever since. It is truly a wonderful, romantic story of two people who were once secretly engaged, but one (Anne) being persuaded to give up her love (Captain Wentworth) by a close friend. When the Captain’s family become tenants at Anne’s family home, eight years after the break-up, the two meet again. As the story unfolds they are thrown together more and more, but the path to reconciliation seems too difficult, with too many obstacles. Finally, Captain Wentworth writes Anne the most romantic letter I’ve ever come across.
“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half-agony, half-hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever…”
Sigh. It gets me every time.
Persuasion is on my writing challenge as the book I have lied about reading. I’ve read chunks of it before, but never from start to finish. It did not disappoint. If you love Regency romance, or just romance, I recommend this book to you. If you’ve never read Austen before, this book is a good place to start as it is one of the shorter Austen stories.
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