Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend La.

Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2003
ISBN: 0141439688
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC A
Characteristics: xxxvii, 250 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Beer, Gillian


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Jan 28, 2015
  • multcolib_dianaa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is such a lot of fun. It features a more adult (but no less thrilling) romance than Austen's other novels, the most enjoyably awful sisters and father that any main character could have, and one of the most compelling love letters in literary history.

Oct 23, 2014
  • LorientFaradayMaurice rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At first blush this is a quite dull book: most of the romance occurs before it even begins, and is seemingly over by the first chapter. However, although there are a few bad narrative decisions it is as heartwarming as the rest of her novels, as notable, and as memorable. . . if only you persist.

Aug 31, 2014
  • Love_Legolas_111 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is my first Jane Austen novel, and, to be honest, I chose it first because (1) it was on the shelf at my library and (2) it seemed the shortest. XD It took me a bit of time to get through it, but I really enjoyed it! It's such a wonderful story! Anne is a great heroine who is patient and quiet and very thoughtful, the reserved, sensible type, but she dares to hope that Captain Wentworth could still love her. After all, she's still in love with him, something she'll never get over. I love that. Captain Wentworth, although not the MAIN focus of the novel, is a good match for Anne and seems like a generally pleasing man. I don't know if we ever get a great physical description of him (what color his hair/eyes/skin is, exactly how tall he is, etc.), but that allows the reader to form their own conclusions about him. And anyway, personalities seem to be more important to Austen than looks. The romance was great and not over-played, and since I'm a sucker for happily ever afters that leave me smiling, it was a wonderful read. The supporting cast was great and varied; I especially liked how in the dialogue of Mary and Elizabeth, you can really contrast them with Anne and each other. I will be reading more Jane Austen for sure now. She's won me over.

Sep 23, 2013
  • lledomik rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not the most famous of Austen's novels but a story I enjoy reading over and over. It shows the beauty of love sustained over time. I love the inner strength of the heroine.

Mar 28, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Persuasion is rightly deemed the most romantic of Austen's novels. While her satire and sharp wit are still in evidence in her depictions of Anne's excessively vain father, her superficial older sister, and her attention-hog younger sister, among other characters and situations, it is the yearning of Anne for a romance that she realistically recognizes as impossible that is the heart of the novel. As the oldest of Austen's heroines at 28, Anne is sweet and a little naive, but ultimately sympathetic as she longs for the man she let go for all the right reasons. Notable for the most beautiful letter included in any of Austen's novels, this tale of a love thought lost is a thoroughly enjoyable read every time.

Dec 04, 2012
  • hmcgivney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favorite Austen novel. I love Anne Elliot.

Aug 03, 2012
  • weysan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful. Anne Elliot's journey was more important than the answers she found. :)

Apr 03, 2012
  • aampersand rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The language is simply stunning, though the run-on sentences slow it down quite a bit and for most people it's a drag to get through, though for me it was a treat.

Most people complain of it being a slow read, because it only really picks up in the last 20 pages. Much of the book's beauty is in what it implies, and doesn't have written out explicitly.

Nov 15, 2011

better than P and P....:)

May 30, 2011
  • vchuynh rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Oddly enough is my favourite Jane Austen novel. Definitely worth reading, a good story!

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Apr 25, 2011
  • étoile rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

""I can no longer listen in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever...I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look will be enough to decide whether I enter your father`s house this evening, or never.

Aug 08, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I could never doubt that you would be loved and sought by others, but I knew to a certainty that you had refused one man at least, of better pretensions than myself: and I could not help often saying, Was this for me?

Aug 08, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

On the contents of that letter depended all which this world could do for her!


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Jul 21, 2014
  • Love_Legolas_111 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 23, 2013

it always fun to read a classic stories even if the ending is sad.


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