Friday, February 3, 2012

Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale ~ Blog Tour

Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale by Rebecca  H. Jamison
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Religioius Contemporary Romance
Publication date:  February 14, 2012

Description from Goodreads: 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.

My thoughts: This may be a gush fest.  I loved reading this book.  It is a modern retelling of one of Jane Austen's books, Persuasion.  It has been many years since I read the original, so I can't compare the two, but I am now more interested than ever to read the original.

Anne was 19 when she became engaged to Neil.  She was insecure and facing battles with her inner-demons when she made the huge mistake to break off her engagement.  It is a decision that she has regretted.

Neil comes back into her life seven years later.  Her father is over his head in debt and forced to sell his home.  It just so happens that Neil's brother purchases her childhood home.  The story then becomes one where they are often forced together, pretending that nothing happened and that they do not know each other that well.

Moments of jealousy and misunderstand are the course of the middle of the story.  Both of them are dating someone else, who just doesn't spark for them. 

I loved this book.  I couldn't settle down to go to sleep until I had read every single word.  I went to sleep with a smile on my face.

Both of the main characters are religious, their religion plays a large part of their lives and thus is part of the overall theme of the book.  While the religious aspects were present, they were not preachy.  It was just the right amount of love, religion, angst, and resolution for me.

I went and purchased the hard copy. I just had to have it in my library.

My friend Colleen also read and reviewed the book.  She gave it 4.5 stars. Here are her thoughts:

A delightful, easy, and relaxing read!  

Persuasion is the story of a sweet girl, Anne, who gets taken advantage of in nearly every aspect of her life.  Her family constantly assumes that she will do everything for them without ever considering that she may have her own plans.  Her friends often use her simply for transportation, her boy-friend of sorts is needy and creepy.  All the while, she is desperately in love with a man she was engaged to eight years ago, but broke off the engagement because of her family's objections.  Many women can identify with Anne's plight; a story about sticking up for yourself and following your heart - doing what you know is right, even if you have to go against your friends' and family's wishes.

I love Jane Austen and I often shy away from any retellings since no one is Jane and often cannot do justice to her works.  However, this was a very enjoyable book to read.  It was very similar to Austen's, but in a contemporary setting and with an LDS background.  I was also nervous about reading an LDS version of it.  They are often sappy and annoying, in my opinion.  I appreciated that though there were many references to the LDS church, they were not syrupy and contrived.  I loved the humor.  There were some very funny situations - funny enough to stop reading and tell my husband about it before I went on.  I was very grateful for such a clean, romantic, and touching story.

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Links for more info!

Author Website:  (if you only do one link, please use this one)
Author Facebook:!/RebeccaHJamison

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Lisa and Colleen, for the reviews. I got 2 for 1.


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