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This review is from: Persuade Me (Choc Lit) (Darcy & Friends) (Kindle Edition)Usually, I wouldn't even have tried this book. I've read a few 'modern adaptations' of classic novels, and invariably end up disappointed by how freely the author has chosen to re-interpret the characters and events.
But I stumbled across Juliet Archer's website and was intrigued by Persuade Me. I downloaded the free Amazon sample onto my Kindle, and the writing style grabbed me straightaway. By the end of the sample I was invested in the characters and interested to see how things would pan out and how closely it would stick to Austen's story.
Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen novel by far, and so this book had a lot to live up to. And yet, despite having serious doubts about whether I would enjoy it, I ended up reading the whole book in the space of an afternoon. What's more, I absolutely loved it!
Rick (as the modern incarnation of Captain Wentworth) and Anna Elliot (Anne), were both believable as modern characters, and yet written in a way that was surprisingly true to Austen's original creations. Archer has used great imaginiation in adapting names, professions, situations, etc etc to fit into the modern world, and still retain the same sense as in Persuasion. She obviously knows the novel inside out, as virtually every detail of the plot is included somehow, usually to great effect.
If I had to nitpick, I didn't think that the name 'Rick' really suited Wentworth - but I can see why she chose it as an abbreviation. His famous letter to Anna at the end (my favourite part of Persuasion), was perhaps not quite up the original, but then again I'm not sure anything could be!
Overall I was very pleasantly surprised by Persuade Me, and the intelligent and yet light-hearted way in which it offered a modern take on the classic story of Persuasion. I already have Juliet Archer's previous book, The Importance Of Being Emma (no prizes for guessing which Austen novel it's based on!), on my Kindle, and intend to read and doubtless enjoy that one as well very soon.
So if you're a big Jane Austen fan wary of a modern retelling - don't be. Persuade Me is definitely worth your time. Or if you're someone who is unfamiliar with Persuasion but intrigued by this book, don't be afraid to try it. You certainly don't need to have read Persuasion to understand it, as the story and the characters really are timeless.