Persuasion by Jane Austen (A Good Love Story Series #3)

13 Feb

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and those of you who love love are probably just jittery with excitement, and those of  you who are ambivalent about or loathe love are, you know, out there doing your thing. But three is a magic number, they say, so here’s a third Jane Austen novel for your consideration: Persuasion. I realize Austen is not to everyone’s taste–I’ll be honest, she’s not my favorite, though I do admire how timeless her stories can be–but her books are so influential to romance today. Maybe consider a read if you haven’t already, for history?

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Published: 1818

Quick Read?: Yes. This is one of her shortest novels.

Difficulty: Not difficult.

Synopsis: Anne Elliot is merely the 19-year-old daughter of a baron who falls in love with a poor but smart young man named Wentworth. Eager to marry him, Anne finds herself meeting resistance from her family who love to flaunt their wealth and good looks all while looking down on the lower classes. It isn’t until Anne’s confidant, Lady Russell, talks to her though that she decides to break off the engagement with her beloved Wentworth, thinking she will find someone more suitable for her class. Alas, time moves along, and Anne is still without a fiance. Until ten years down the line, when she runs into Wentworth who joined the navy and became a naval war hero, and oh yeah, has found a new girl who loves him for who he is. Can love ignite for these two once more? Or have ten years apart ripped these two lovers apart for good?

Why read this book? Well, for starters, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility (profiled earlier this month) are Austen’s more popular reads, along with Emma. So if you’ve read those, but not Persuasion, you’ll be in for a treat. It’s also a part of the Northanger Abbey series, so if you’re hoping to dig into a series during these dull winter months, it’d certainly be worth looking into!

And, as I’ve said before, and will say again, Austen created classic romantic and realistic story lines that have been mimicked and copied for nearly two centuries now. The lovers that split because of issues of class, only to meet again and give love another shot (spoilers? oh, whatever) has been done who knows how many times now. To read her original works and read one of the inspirations for romance nowadays is a pretty neat experience, even if you’re not all into chivalry yourself.

If the neat stuff I listed about Austen and her works before was not enough…well too bad. I’m conserving a bit of energy for a few more posts for later this month. So no matter your feelings on Valentine’s Day, I send all my readers a bit of love. As does our girl Austen here:

Look at all the love she has to give, guys. So much love.

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