The Classics Club ~ Persuasion by Jane Austen


“Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen’s most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne’s family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliott estate. All the tension revoles around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?” ~goodreads

A few years ago I read this story and to be honest, I couldn’t remember much about it. I did remember enough to know I didn’t dislike it. So, when I joined¬†The Classics Club,¬†I decided to read it again and I am very glad I did. I liked it. I thought it was a sweet story ~ a second chance at love. And if two people ever deserved a second chance, Anne and Wentworth did. I love Anne Elliot. She was so pleasant. I thought she had such a strength of character and integrity. Captain Wentworth was quiet, seemed to be observing, but I think I got to know him ~ very much indeed when I read the letter he wrote to Anne toward the end of the book. I liked the characters in the story, Mary was a tad ridiculous and Elliot was a cad, but I was good getting to know them. I think Persuasion is a book that grows on the reader. I liked it better this second time around. I believe I would like it even more if I read it again in a year or two. Highly recommend!