Saturday, February 11, 2012

Virtual Blog Tour: Persuasion: A Latter Day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison Review

SummaryWhen 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. Anne is unprepared for the roller coaster of emotions that come when Neil returns and starts dating her younger friend.

Convinced that Neil could no longer have strong feelings for her, Anne pushes away all thoughts of the past. But when the handsome man she’s been dating decides he can’t live without her, Anne must come to terms with her past.

Fans of Jane Austen’s Persuasion will enjoy this modern version of her most romantic story.

Persuasion: A Latter-day TalePersuasion: A Latter-day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I began readimg this book, I have to admit I was les than thrilled. I have always been a Jane Austen fan, but this book seemed to be rather abyssmal. I had agreed to review it though, so I was compelled to finish it.

Interestngly enough, the more I read, the more I liked it. Anne and Neil became likable characters, and I just had to know how it ended. It certainly did not hurt that I could relate to Anne`s situation and feelings.

There are probably those who would not read this bok due to its LDS themes. Though I am not a Mormon myself, I did not findthis any kind of significant problem. In fact, I appreciated the emphasis on faith, family, and morals. I was relieved to find no profanity, sex, or graphic violence. It was nice to see people praying and practicing abstinence. In fact,this book was more Christian than the last Christian novel I read.

My favorite character was definitely Marcy. She was the level-headed, down-to-earth one in the story. I would hae loved for her to have figured more prominently into the storyline.

My criticisms of the book are barely worth mentioning. I was not sure about the journal entries that began every chapter.  However, this literary devce did serve its purpose of giving me insight into Anne`s past and psyche. I also struggled to see Anne as a woman who was almost 30 and worked as a stockbroker.  I cannot say that I saw her as the brainy woman she was supposed to be. She appeared to be a teenager still. I also wish that the conlusion had not been so rushed.  But that is a common complant for me in romance novels.

I probably cannot truly appreciate the book since I have never read the original. I can see many similarities between this book and other Austen novels, but I have decidedthat at some point, I must read the original.

I was provided with a copy of ths book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine. 

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