My Rating: 4
Goodreads Rating: 4.12
Published by: Wordsworth Classics
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Persuasion follows the Elliots who are a respected family. Sir Walter has three daughters; Elizabeth, Mary and Anne. Mary is the only one who is married and she is married to Charles Musgrove. Sir Walter is very vain and ends up overspending and putting the family in debt. They have to rent their home to Admiral and Mrs Croft. Mrs Croft is Captain Frederick Wentworth’s sister whom Anne is in love with. They were going to marry but her friend Lady Russell convinced Anne that the Captain was not worthy of her. Mr Elliot, Anne’s cousin hopes to marry her but only so that he can become the heir of the Kellynch Baronetcy. Captain Wentworth is jealous and writes Anne a letter which leads to them getting engaged.
This was Austen’s last novel and I really enjoyed it. I much preferred it to Pride and Prejudice. This novel consists of Austen mocking the upper class and their ways. I really liked the character of Anne, she is a strong, quiet and self-assured. When Wentworth returns he says that he could not love Anne after she rejected him and she accepts this. Although at first this is an admirable quality I was left wanting her to just talk to him and sort everything out. Eventually they do communicate and Wentworth writes Anne a letter. I quite liked for a change that this novel wasn’t heavily romanced, the letter shows Wentworth’s love for Anne without being over the top and this suited the characters very well.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, I liked the characters especially the character of Anne as she was a strong female which I really enjoyed. I really enjoyed how Austen was mocking the upper class throughout the novel. I really want to read more of Austen’s books.