A Love Story

I just finished reading Jane Austen’s Persuasion for the second time and find myself even more wowed over than before. Persuasion is a gripping tale of two people who are meant to be together but are not. The story begins eight years after Anne Elliot was persuaded by her family not to marry Captain Wentworth, a decision she very much regrets. When Captain Wentworth unexpectedly resurfaces and no longer seems interested, Anne’s heartbreak is renewed.

Persuasion was written by Austen in a race against failing health in 1815-16. Almost two hundred years later and we’re still swooning over the plight of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth. Modern day romances will have a hard time matching that.

No stranger to the unique experience of reuniting with a lost love, I was totally swept up in the fate of this pair. I could feel my heart pounding over the quick glances, caught breathes and silent flustering between them. Anne’s journey from resignation to joy is beautifully and sympathetically written over the course of this book.

Anne Elliot may not have the vitality of Elizabeth Bennet or the wittiness of Emma Woodhouse, but she is sweet, modest, steadfast and patient. I’m also inclined to believe that after building up his own wealth, Captain Wentworth is equally as dashing as Mr Darcy. If you need more proof, here are some of the words he wrote in a letter to Anne:

Dare not say that a man forgets sooner than a woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.

*sigh*

If you’ve never read Persuasion, you are truly missing out.

It won my heart.

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About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on August 16, 2012, in writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. I’m a sucker for a love story that defies all the odds!

  2. You’re really convincing me it might be time to have another bash at Jane Austen!

  3. It makes itself into a great movie as well.

  4. I love this one as much as I love Pride and Prejudice.

  5. I have to say the first time I read this I didn’t ejoy it as much as some of the others I was young and couldn’t understand how she had let her family come between them the first time (the arrogance of youth lol) but when I re read it understading more about the actual realities of a womans options at the time I got it and fell in love with it

  6. Jeannette Wynne

    I can relate some to this story too:) I will put it on my read list:) Thanks for the intriguing review:)

  7. God I love love Persuasion!! Haven’t read it in ages either. Love that quote, that alone brings it all back to me! I’ve always had this internal debate on which Austen novel is my top one, it’s always been between Persuasion and P&P!

  8. I am a huge Austen fan and a romantic at heart even though I have not read this one. It is now on my list thanks to you!

  9. you may have persuaded me to read it 🙂

  10. It’s about time I read it again – thank you for the reminder 🙂

  11. I may just have to add this to my growing list…sigh…! 🙂

  12. SIGH, is right.
    Excellent synopsis, just enough to remind readers of what we love about PERSUASION, or to nudge the others to read it!

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