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Persuading Annie [Paperback]

Melissa Nathan
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30 Sep 2004

It was the perfect opportunity for 'closure'...

Meet Annie Markham. Gentle, sweet and kind. Except for her dark side. A dark side called Jake Mead. Seven years ago he'd been her entire world, even though her godmother had tried to persuade her to dump him. But when the going got tough, Annie's 'tough' got going. Jake's hasty departure from her life proved that a) godmothers are cleverer than they look and b) the only thing reliable about men is that they're totally unreliable.

Now Jake is back in her life. And he's the one man who may just save her family's ailing company.

But what Annie doesn't know is that Jake has an Achilles' heel. An Achilles' heel called Annie Markham. He's never quite got over her treatment of him all those years ago. This is the perfect opportunity for what some may call 'closure'. But what Jake calls, 'revenge'.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (30 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060595809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060595807
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,520,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is chick-lit at its poolside best" (Eve)

"Hugely enjoyable" (heat)

"This is one to gobble up in a single sitting" (Company)

"A witty novel about love" (B) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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From the bestselling author of The Learning Curve --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spare me the Critics 18 April 2008
This is my favourite one out of all of the books.

I can't be doing with people who actually take chic-lit seriously and come over all "Edger Allan Poe" - chic-lit is what it is - something to take you away for an enjoyable break from real life - can you really beat a rainy afternoon and a good book - It's not real you know folks!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clever parody 2 Dec 2007
I've only just discovered this book, and see from previous reviews that its created a bit of angst amongst Jane Austen followers. I dont know what media advertising launched Persuading Annie, but I really dont believe Melissa Nathan was ever trying to be the new Jane Austen. What she has done in this very funny book is to create a clever parody of Jane Austen's Persuasion. And I mean parody in the true sense of the word ie 'a comic or satirical imitation of a work of a particular writer.' Personally, as a committed Jane Austen fan and one who has read Persuasion many times, my main delight has been to compare specific incidents in the two books, and see how Melissa Nathan has treated them. For instance, in the genteel 19th century, little Charles Musgrove has a bad fall and dislocates his collar bone; in today's 21st century young Harry Norman shoves an entire toy fire-engine ladder up his nose and ends up in A&E. The subsequent adult behaviour in both centuries is the same. Brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and am now looking forward to reading Pride, Prejudice & Jasmin Field which I understand is being relaunched in Spring 2008 retitled Acting Up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ooooh. Who knew that "Wentworth" was THAT angry? 28 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Of course, we don't know that Wentworth was really so terribly ticked off at poor Anne Elliot in Jane Austen's "Persuasion". I always figured the original Wentworth was just really, really hurt (haven't we all been there) and found the story of "Persuasion" one of lovely redemption through love. Well, boy howdy, "Pursuading Annie" is also a story of redemption, but there's a lot of 21st century angst, anger, and infantile behavior too. Ultimately, "what really matters" is discovered and cherished - and don't let the prospect of a "Wentworth" (Jake) with a gut full of anger and a bemused analyst (!) turn you off the book. It's really funny and once again Melissa Nathan does a wonderful job of paralleling the plot of Austen's original work (as she did in "Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field") but adding fresh contemporary touches. I actually preferred Annie in this book to the original Anne Elliot - heresy, I know. (And that's a battle to fight over on the Austen-L listserv or Republic of Pemberley Web site!) So, although the story is darn close to "Persuasion's" plot, there's enough that's different to keep you turning the page. I certainly stayed up much later than I should have last night. I think the greatest compliment I can pay is that you even care (or are interested in) the characters that are obviously meant to be "bad" - it's that way with Jane Austen's works and it's that way in "Persuading Annie". No, it's not Jane Austen - but it's a clever, witty, contemporary novel that carries the same moral as "Persuasion". Buy it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars she was amazing 1 Jan 2008
i have read every book that melissa wrote i could get hold of, including shorter stories in anthologies. i was so sad to hear that she has in fact died. she was an amazing woman and her husband writes a beautiful forward in this book. PLEASE READ ANYTHING YOU CAN WRITTEN BY HER! she was amazing and her books should reflect this x
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful ... a joy! 22 Jan 2001
By A Customer
What a wonderful read! I loved Ms Nathan's first book but somehow this was even better. This book has Nathan's hallmark wit (in fact "wit" doesn't describe it - it's hilarious!) and at the same time is thought-provoking, wise, incredibly insightful (it was like she had been observing my marriage and relationships) and really quite helpful! I suspect that the reviewer below who didn't think much of it, didn't actually 'get it'. The theme is clearly one of communication - how hard it can be and yet how easy it is, how it can be a tremendous help or a huge drain. But don't be fooled into thinking this is going to be dull - the plot is just gripping. I was cooking dinner whilst reading the last 50 pages. I couldn't put it down. I just loved this book and can't wait for the next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read 8 Mar 2001
By A Customer
I'm inbetween the other reviewers - I certainly enjoyed the book, but I didn't think it was quite as good as Pride, prejudice and Jasmin Field, largely because I didn't think Jake was as well drawn as 'Mr Darcy'. But then maybe that's because I don't know Persuasion backwards like I do P&P. Still, very enjoyable, and Annie is a very likeable heroine. Melissa Nathan has hit a winning formula here - I would make just one plea: don't do an update of Mansfield Park!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Persuading Annie 19 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Arrived in plenty of time. Gift so unable to say whether I'd like it or not, just hope my pal does.
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4.0 out of 5 stars most enjoyable 1 July 2012
By suse
Format:Kindle Edition
A light hearted commical book, which was a bit slow starting but once I got into it I couldn`t put it down - the characters, whilst not particularly likeable were very comical.
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Published on 4 May 2011 by sunnysideup
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
It is obviously one of her early books however, and is not as well written as her later works. This suggests though that her untimely death probably robbed us of what would have... Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2010 by Dedicated Follower of Fiction
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of laugh out loud moments
I really enjoyed this one. I have to admit that the plot is pretty regular for a chick-lit novel, but what makes it special is Melissa's style of writing. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2009 by Rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not the best of Nathan In My Opinion
I found the relationship between Annie and her hero pretty engrossing, but Annie bothered me a bit. I guess I would have hoped her to be a bit more like Anne in Jane Austen's... Read more
Published on 4 May 2008 by A Nordic reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I loved this book, and i love this author, i have everything she has ever written, and this book was just as enjoyable! I'll happily sit down and read it again and again.
Published on 22 Sep 2007 by Cottle
5.0 out of 5 stars ...late starter to Ms Nathan's work
Well unlike many of the reviewers here, I actually started reading Melissa's work with her latest book - The Learning Curve. Read more
Published on 10 May 2007 by MN Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Persuading Annie
after having read Persuasion by jane Auten and loving it, while leaving me with some questions, i was really exicted about reading this one. Read more
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