Review: Persuasion A Latter-Day Tale

Title: Persuasion: A Latter-Day Tale
Author: Rebecca H. Jamison
Publisher: Cedar Fort Inc
Published: February 14, 2012
ebook. arc
ISBN-13: 978-1-59955-947-6
Genre: Religious,  Romance
Source: Netgalley

Summary (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:
Persuasion by Rebecca H. Jamison is a modern day retelling of one of my favorite novels, Persuasion by Jane Austen. I couldn't resist reading this book. The story is set in Northern Virginia and centers around the Elliot family. Anne Elliot is the definition of dependable. She goes above and beyond the call of duty. Her heart still belongs to her ex of seven years, Neil Wentworth. Neil is on the police force in Maryland. Anne and Neil's paths cross again when his brother, Jack , buys the home where Anne grew up.
The story mirrors that of Austen's except it has a few new elements. I do like that Jamison added some drama to the book. It was unexpected and refreshing. This is a "Latter-Day Tale" so most of the characters are Mormon. I was familiar with this concept before reading so I wasn't surprised by the religious tone. However there are parts of this novel that are a bit preachy. For example in one scene Anne is talking to her mother about her views on premarital sex.That scene read like a pamphlet for abstinence. The dialog felt forced and unnatural. There are also a lot of references about the Mormon lifestyle. I'm not Mormon but I could follow along fairly well although some things remained unclear.  However after searching on the internet for further explanations, I was able to visualize and understand what the author was talking about.
Neil and Anne's journey to be together is one of the classic love stories. Persuasion is about second chances, forgiveness, and letting go of the past. Jamison hit the mark with the characters. She stayed true to Austen's characters and vision. Overall I thought this book is a good read. I didn't love it like I wanted to but I was still entertained. Aside from the few problems I had with the book I enjoyed reading the rest of the story.
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  1. I really liked how Jamison added drama with the William Elliot character; added greatly to the tension and helped differentiate the book.

    I also agree with you about the Mormon aspects. I picked this up because of the Austen connection, not realizing it featured Mormon characters and I had pretty much the same reaction as you to that element.


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