Monday, February 13, 2012

Captain Wentworth Home from the Sea By Mary Lydon Simonsen

     I tell you, you cannot go wrong reading one of Mary’s books! She always amazes me with her creativity, wit and her knowledge of history. In this book, there is not so much history, but a lovely story that made me feel good the whole way through!
     Captain Wentworth, who has no memory of Anne due to a head injury, returns with his sister and her husband who have let Kellynch Hall.  Anne’s father, Sir Walter, has left Anne at Kellynch Hall to help the Crofts get settled. During this time, Anne and Captain Wentworth get to know each other again. Anne has never stopped loving him, but can love find its way back into his heart again? 
     I love that Anne gets a second chance, but as Captain Wentworth’s memory starts coming back, will Anne’s happiness be jeopardized? 
     I really felt for Anne as her father treats her like a servant, but I’m glad she begins to make decisions based on what is good for her and not be persuaded by her family and friends.
     I adored this variation! I couldn’t put it down! It’s a good thing it is a novella and I was able to finish it in one sitting! 

I give this 5 out of 5 stars!

Buy Captain Wentworth Home From the Sea here.

This completes the Variations category of the Jane Austen Spinoffs 2012 Reading Challenge.
That's 2 of the 8 categories.

About the Author:

     Mary Simonsen has been writing Jane Austen re-imaginings in her head for thirty years. She finally put pen to paper in 2006 and published her first novel, Searching for Pemberley with Sourcebooks. Since that time, she has been as busy as a bee writing stories with tie-ins to Austen’s novels for Sourcebooks as well as self-published titles, including her latest, Becoming Elizabeth Darcy. Her favorite Austen title: a tie between Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice. Mary is a wife, mother, grandmother, and fanatical recycler. She lives in Arizona.


  1. Candy, Thank you for the review. I love it! So glad you enjoyed my more assertive Anne and my outspoken Capt. Wentworth. I really appreciate it.

  2. Yay! So happy you enjoyed it! I hope Mary writes more Persuasion variations!

  3. This was a great book! I loved the outspoken Wentworth too! I thought the premise of the book was great & executed well too! :)

  4. That's a wonderful thing to say about Mary's books (i.e. 'you can't go wrong . . .'). I agree and I enjoyed reading your review! My turn to read it soon.

  5. Your review has me intrigued now. I've always wanted to clunk Wentworth's head for torturing my poor Anne by his flirting with the Musgroves sister, so nice to read Mary S giving him that treatment. This is definitely on my TBR list.

  6. Mary, You are very welcome! I did enjoy your more assertive Anne, it always bothered me that she would let her family and Lady Russell push her around!

    Meredith, I agree! We need more Persuasion variations!

    Jakki, Yes, it is a very enjoyable read!

    Sophia Rose, Thank you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    Nina, Oh, me too! His flirting with the Musgroves makes me crazy!


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