What can I say? Is there any novel by Jane Austen that is not wonderful? Persuasion, her last book, is certainly that. The main characters, Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth were betrothed and happily in love in days gone by. But family friend Lady Russell advised Anne to break the engagement because Wentworth has no money. Come forward a few years, and Wentworth now wealthy, captains his own ship. The Elliot’s are on the brink of financial ruin. Both Anne and Frederick still love each other, but hurt feelings and social etiquette prevent them from revealing the truth.
In typical Austen fashion, the story and the romance unfolds through sharp commentary, witty remarks and subtle actions on the part of her protagonists. Not only is it impossible to put down, only a cold heart would not swoon at the letter Frederick passes to Anne near the end of the novel. Loved it!
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2003 (originally published in 1817)