Okay, so why would I review a book by Jane Austen? Everybody knows her right? Yeah, well, what I've found in talking to friends is they've read Pride and Prejudice and maybe Sense and Sensibility even Emma sometimes, but much past that, unless they are particular JA fans, they haven't read. Seriously, if you haven't read Persuasion, you're missing out.
Why I bought it? Hello! It's by Jane Austen. I LOVE her. She's so witty and captivating. The first time I got Persuasion was in a complete works of JA. I wanted to read them all, and bought a big blue tome from some bookstore somewhere. It was so long ago who remembers? I have other formats as well and have read it more times than I can count. One of my favorites is a pocketsize version I got at BN that fits just about anywhere, so it's easy to take with me.
Synopsis: When Anne Elliot, a baronet's daughter, is 19, she falls in love with Frederick Wentworth, a young man in the Navy. She is persuaded by her surrogate mother to refuse his proposal of marriage on the grounds that he is not good enough for her. No money. Eight years later, he returns to the neighborhood a rich man to visit his sister and stirs up Anne's feelings again. The problem now is that there are other young women to draw his attention. Does he still care for Anne? Does he hate her for rejecting him? There's so much more to it than that, but you'll just have to read to find it all out.
What I thought: You have to know I love it. Duh! Here's the thing though. This is my overall favorite JA novel (I do have a special place in my heart for P&P, but Persuasion is better written). It is her last complete work. It's her smoothest as well. If you've seen the movie and think you're good. You're not. You're still missing out. The book is better. It has one of the most romantic scenes in literature in it.
My Rating: ***** + (Hey, if I like it better than P&P, you know it has to get that kind of score.)
Cleanness Score: 2 of 10, As you would expect. Nothing really bad in it. There is a little intrigue of people doing PG-13 kind of things in the background. That's why it gets a 2 instead of a 1.