Persuasion is a classic novel (that hopefully all bibliophiles have heard of) by Jane Austen.
This was the only Austen novel I had yet to read – and I had to fix that!
Anne Elliot is seven and twenty and not yet married.
Eight years ago she had been in love. She had been engaged.
But as he was a poor, lowly Royal Navy man, her family and friends persuaded Anne to break it off with Captain Wentworth.
She is still unmarried – because she knows she will never love another man as she loved him.
When circumstances throw them together again, Anne finds it difficult to ignore the searing pain of seeing him – the look of low regard in his eyes that she has resigned herself to deserve.
And yet – is there hope?
Her heartbreak all these years later leads her to realize that her feelings are no less deep – and the persuasion that led her to give him up all those years ago could not touch her now… if he would only have her once more.
It’s been …