Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale
by Rebecca H. Jamison
Paperback 240 pages
Expected publication: February 14th, 2012
by Cedar Fort, Inc
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Publisher, ecopy
When Anne broke off her engagement seven years ago, she thought she'd never see Neil Wentworth again. But when Neil's brother buys the house she grew up in, it seems fate has other plans in store, and Anne is woefully unprepared for the roller coaster of emotions that accompanies Neil's return. Fans of Persuasion will love this fast-paced, modern retelling of Jane Austen's most romantic novel.
It's no secret that I am a Jane Austen fan. I love the way she makes fun of society in her own way and her romantic tales are just so heart warming. Honestly, who doesn't fall for Captain Wentworth or Mr Darcy when they are reading a Jane Austen? I also enjoy a good Austen spin-off, and this was a fun one. Set in modern day, this LDS centered retelling does a good job of modernizing this Regency Era tale.
Taking on Persuasion is a difficult task. Where Pride and Prejudice seems to easily translate into the modern day, it seems to me that Persuasion is very Regency based and a bit more difficult to translate. So much of the original story focuses on the cousin Mr Elliot and the fact that he inherits the Elliot home and title (and the fact that he is their cousin, yet wants to marry Anne...something that is not much done today). I wondered how Jamison would be able to take this Regency steeped tale and make it work for the modern day, and she did fabulously. A great deal of the story followed the original fairly closely, but it also took a few turns here and there to fit in with a modern-day LDS life.
If you like Jane Austen and modern retellings of her stories, definitely grab a copy of this title! You won't regret it.
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