Written at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Persuasion is a tale of love, heartache and the determination of one woman as she strives to reignite a lost love. Anne Elliot is persuaded by her friends and family to reject a marriage proposal from Captain Wentworth because he lacks in fortune and rank. More than seven years later, when he returns home from the Navy, Anne realizes she still has strong feelings for him, but Wentworth only appears to have eyes for a friend of Anne’s. Moving, tender, but intrinsically ‘Austen’ in style, with its satirical portrayal of the vanity of society in eighteenth-century England, Persuasion celebrates enduring love and hope.
How can you not love a heroine with the name “Anne Elliot.” It’s such a perfect name. For some reason, I find Persuasion is a little harder to get into than some of Austen’s other novels. I still like it, but especially in the beginning, I find myself re-reading passages to find out who’s who and what relation they have. It seems almost a passive book… not much is holding the hero and heroine apart but themselves, and there are no strong characters to adore or hate, in my opinion. Still, it’s Austen, and if you like Austen, it’s a must-read.
4 of 5 stars on Goodreads.