It's hard to rate a book like this. It's a rewrite of my favorite classic Jane Austen novel, and it is doubly rewritten to appeal to a Christian female audience. I am the target audience for the book, but I'm also a discriminating reader.
This book was awful.
The characters were completely unbelievable. Allie (the contemporary version of Anne Elliot) had all the personality of wet tissues, which she uses copiously during her six or so crying jags throughout the book. She is a weepy heroine who takes little to no action for herself. Anne of the original novel could not take action because of the culture of the time, but her character does not translate well to contemporary society. Allie comes off as a weak-willed spendthrift despite supposedly having more sense than her family members. She also can't figure out how to put a box in front of a broken pet door so a raccoon can't get into her house. She borders on too-stupid-to-live tropes.
The love interest, Frederick, is not a man. He is a late middle-aged, conservative woman wearing a man suit. He thinks nothing but wholesome thoughts and fantasizes about giving lectures to young, silly teens on how to dress modestly, drive safely, and respect themselves. He is a far cry from the objectified manly-man in most romance books but he's still revolting. He is a war hero and somehow that makes him "famous" in the book, but I doubt most people are even aware of Silver Star recipients nowadays, let alone chase after them as marriage prospects.
The evil characters of Macy (Mary Elliot) and Evelyn (Elizabeth Elliot) are mean, stupid, and petulant because they are, that's all. The degree to which they are overbearing and petty makes them loathsome, but their abuse is supposed to make the heroine sympathetic for dealing with them. It doesn't work. Sisters Helena (Henrietta) and Louise (Louisa) are trashy, flirtatious, gold-digging, and uncontrollably idiotic. They were wild in the original Persuasion, but not to this extent.
The main solution to the problem of unruly girls is to get them married. Hooray for sensible men turning their unruly girls into respectable wives. Barf.
The love story isn't. It was hokey, and the long, heartwarming speech at the end dragged out the ending until I was just skimming to reach the end of it.
The language of the book is silly. It was written by an older woman, and it shows. Where was the editor to check all this drivel? "Mid-drift" shirts rather than midriff, sweaters too tight to breathe in (How is this possible? They stretch), characters wearing moo-moos (isn't it muumuu?), everyone wears "spike heels" and pantsuits, every piece of clothing gets described even if it's only a "cotton shirt," characters describe each item of makeup they are wearing, someone rents a Mustang Thunderbird(?) despite being a "granny driver," everyone is coated in diamonds to make them sound rich, and THE ACCENTS... OHMYGOSH, the accents. Anytime a Southern word is written phonetically, it is painful to read. "I nevah knew your fathah was evah here," something like that. Even worse is the Russian-ish maid at the end who says "Dis is not vour day." NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT.
This book really didn't have any redeeming qualities. As a translation of Persuasion, it was terrible. Even the Christian message was about as satisfying as watered-down skim milk.
Skip it. Find something better, like Liz Curtis Higgs or Francine Rivers.