Monday, September 3, 2012

Review: Persuade Me By Juliet Archer


Loved it!! Persuade Me is an excellent modernization of Persuasion. Ms. Archer was able to bring it into the modern age without any major changes to the basic storyline.

Rick is returning to the UK, to promote his new book, Sex in the Sea. Anna Elliot has a ticket to his book signing, but would she go? Ten years ago, after a summer in love, Anne left him and returned home to finish her schooling. Persuaded by her father and godmother to fulfill her mother’s dream for Anna to get a degree in Russian Literature at Oxford. Rick was furious and they never spoke again. She has always regretted it. 

“Never forgive, never forget” are words Rick tries to live by and he has never forgiven Anna. With his sister, Sophie, staying near Kellynch, the manor owned by the Elliots, Rick knows he will probably see Anna again. All of his good intentions of proving to himself he is over her are put to the test after the first time he sees her, and it only gets harder with every meeting.

You could feel the bitterness Rick still felt over Anna leaving him, and with a few stinging comments he lets Anna know it. Poor Anna! What I like about Anna is she is always nice, even when she is put in situations that are unpleasant for her. Not only is it torturous to be around Rick and Lou, but she receives many text messages from Mona (Mary Musgrove) with updates on how things between Rick and Lou are progressing.

In this modern age, when letter writing is becoming a lost art, Rick writes Anna a swoon worthy letter! You can’t have a Persuasion story without The Letter, and Ms. Archer did not let me down! 

You know your into a good book when you’re up way too late reading and when you finally do go to bed you can’t sleep! Well, this was that book for me! It was so good! I would highly recommend it!

5 out of 5 stars!

I purchased my own copy of Persuade Me.

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Any thoughts? I would love to hear from you!


13 comments:

  1. I have to agree :) Persuade Me was great.

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  2. Hi Wendi! Yes, it was so well done!

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  3. I completely agree! I thought the author did a very good job of updating Anne, women are so much more empowered these days that it could have been less understandable why she gave in to the persuasion and why she puts up with her hideous family, but I thought it still made sense. Anne was lovely. I also wondered how the class issue would be dealt with as that's also less of an issue in today's society but Sir Walter is just ridiculous and that's why he feels it's important. The letter was nice, and I lived the fact that it was in there. It's not as good as the letter in Persuasion but that one is just about perfection so it's not surprising!

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  4. *loved the fact... excuse typos, am typing this on mobile phone, and it won't let me go back. I liked Wentworth too although he's called Rick and I think the author should have gone with Freddie :-)

    Another aspect I liked is that you got to hear something of their previous relationship which was nice. Juliet Archer has also done an Emma update which I enjoyed, and a Pride and Prejudice one is due next year I think, looking forward to that one

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    1. Hi Ceri, haha, I knew what you meant! Oh, I make typos all the time! Yes, I thought it made sense too. In this day and age when it's all about "me" it could've been easy for Anna to run off to Australia with Rick.

      I loved The Importance of Being Emma! That was well done too! Ooh, Pride and Prejudice!! I can't wait! I'll be reading that one for sure.

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  5. Great review Candy! I am reading Persuade Me right now and loving it!!=)

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    1. Hi Kelli! Thanks! I'm glad you're loving it, too! :)

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  6. This sounds really good and I've heard others praise it too. Nice Review!

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    1. Hi Sophia Rose! I just love your name! If you like modernizations and Persuasion, then I think you will love this!

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  7. Ladies, I'm so pleased you like Persuade Me! Can't wait to celebrate Austenesque Extravaganza!

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    1. Hi Juliet! I loved it! Thank you for writing such a great story! I'm looking forward to the next. Is that right, are you working on a Pride and Prejudice version? Thank you for stopping by!

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    2. Yes, Candy, it's P&P next. My version is called 'Discovering Darcy' ...

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    3. I'm super excited about that! P&P is my favorite JA! :)

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