Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “None But You (Frederick Wentworth, Captain, #1)” as Want to Read:
None But You (Frederick Wentworth, Captain, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

None But You (Frederick Wentworth, Captain #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,024 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Eight years ago, when he had nothing but his future to offer, Frederick Wentworth fell in love with Anne Elliot, the gentle daughter of a haughty, supercilious baronet. Sir Walter Elliot refused to countenance a marriage, and Anne's godmother, Lady Russell, strongly advised Anne against him. Persuaded by those nearest to her, Anne had given him up and he had taken his brok ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 31st 2007 by Wytherngate Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about None But You, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about None But You

Austenland by Shannon HaleAn Assembly Such as This by Pamela AidanBridget Jones's Diary by Helen FieldingThese Three Remain by Pamela AidanDuty and Desire by Pamela Aidan
Best Jane Austen FanFiction
21st out of 376 books — 772 voters
Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia LondonAustenland by Shannon HaleSeeking Mansfield by Kate  WatsonThe Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy FowlerArtemisia by D.G. Rampton
Austen Inspired
13th out of 191 books — 117 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Did... I learn interesting trivia about the British navy?: Yes, like the source of 'letting the cat out of the bag'!

Did... I envision Ciarán Hind the entire time I read this book?: Yes, and it only enhanced the experience.

Did... I take forever to finish this book because I kept pausing to daydream over scene after scene?: Uhm, yes. It's better than any movie.

Review: As I've admitted before, Persuasion ranks very close to my favorite Austen novel, so I just couldn't resist this two book series fr
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
May 03, 2011 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-shelf-worthy
Persuasion is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels. Anne Elliot is my favorite heroine and I adore Captain Wentworth. The idea of knowing Captain Wentworth's thoughts was very appealing. That the book cover contained an endorsement from Pamela Aiden persuaded me to pick these up. I loved Pamela Aidan's take on Mr. Darcy, but these books completely miss the mark.

I can't picture this Captain Wentworth. While None But You captures his voice better than For You Alone, this man is not Jane Austen's
Apr 22, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: janeite
This is Jane Austen's Persuasion told from Captain Wentworth's point of view. It's a two book set. Book two is not out yet. If you've ever read Persuasion you can guess where book one stops. It was interesting. Though I'm not normally a fan of imitations of classics. I always think to myself "This probably isn't how [insert any classic author] meant it."
Sep 03, 2009 Stacey rated it liked it
Quite simply: this is a Must Read if you are a Persuasion fan.
Jan 22, 2016 Rachel rated it did not like it
I was prepared to love this book, thanks to reading several favorable reviews on multiple sites and adoring Pamela Aiden's "Mr. Darcy, Gentleman" series. However, this work was hardly worth the paper it was printed on, and it is clear that not much was spent on that!

Everything is wrong with this book, from the uneven pacing and mind-numbing repetition of ideas and thoughts to the fact that every single page is formatted differently and has an inconsistent number of lines. There is at least one
Feb 26, 2015 Briana rated it liked it
It was interesting to see the events of Austen's Persuasion from the perspective of Captain Frederick Wentworth. Kaye does a nice job of replicating the language and phrases of Austen, so much so that I lost myself in the book and wanted it to be a real Austen novel. I did have a few issues with this book, though.

This edition was rife with editing errors: missing words, switched pronouns, wrong words, missing/misplaced quotation marks, and in one instance, the incorrect spelling of one of the ma
Apr 12, 2010 Bry rated it really liked it
Well this book started out slow at the beginning which was mainly about Wentworth during the few months before his arrival in Somersetshire. It was interesting to see how he occasionally remembered Anne as well as glimpse his other friends, etc but it just fell a bit short in keeping my attention. I turned every page just for the hope of getting to the meat of the story and Anne's reintroduction to his life.

After the story caught up with JA's version I quite enjoyed it. The emotions seemed real,
Feb 13, 2008 Holley rated it it was amazing
This is a thoughtful retelling of "Persuasion" from Capt. Wentworth's point of view much in the same vain as Pamela Aidan's Fitzwilliam Darcy series. Jane Austen's style never lets us know anything that Anne does not so what's in Wentworth's mind is a mystery. Finally, we hear his side of the story as he tries very hard keep Anne out of his heart and fall in love with another girl (which of course Anne must painfully watch unable to say a thing). Wentworth is suffering greatly too even as he att ...more
Captain Wentworth's side

In None But You, we read Persuasion from the POV of Captain Wentworth. I generally love these books written in the hero's POV, to get a different understanding of the events from JA's originals. I would have to say that Captain Wentworth is easily tied for my ideal white knight of JA's heroes with Mr Darcy and Mr Knightley.

This book was well written, though I do gave to comment that the first part was hard for me to get through with all the Naval terminology and my lack o
Bookish Devices
Apr 18, 2016 Bookish Devices rated it really liked it
Shelves: jess-2016
3 1/2 stars

One of the better Persuasion novels I've read. Fans of Captain Wentworth will be pleased with Ms. Kaye's portrayal of the character. Not only does the novel explore the events of Persuasion from Wentworth's point of view, it gives Captain Wentworth's character additional depth and dimension in the form of a backstory. Ms. Kaye also expands on the characters of Harville, Benwick and, Admiral and Mrs Croft. My only real issue with this novel is that it didn't have an ending. I know it i
Erin(and Hannah)
Nov 08, 2008 Erin(and Hannah) rated it liked it
This is from the same publisher as the "Fitzwilliam Darcy" trilogy so I thought I'd give it a try. It's the story of Austen's "Persuasion" from Captain Wentworth's point of view. I like it and will read the second (just came out), but I didn't think the author captured Austen's writing style as well as Pamela Aidan did in the Darcy books. Still, a clean, fun read for Austen fans.
Sep 29, 2009 Tiffany rated it really liked it
I've been swept up in this book (and book 2) the past couple of days. If you are a fan of Persuasion, you'll love this book! It's the whole story from Captain Wentworth's perspective. Even though I know the ending, I found myself wondering if Frederick and Anne would ever get together!
Nov 25, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
One of my favorite Jane Austen stories and I always feel like I am missing so much. I LOved that we got to see into Fredrick's life. I love that we get his side of the story. The author really knows her stuff and these novels do not disappoint they have the feel of a Jane Austen but for me are easier to comprehend. But oh it was England and the sea and the careful to never say what you really feel. It was great. The beginning was a little long and painful but fun to get to know Fredrick in his e ...more
Luciana Darce
Jul 23, 2014 Luciana Darce rated it liked it
Para quem não sabe, Persuasão é meu romance favorito da Austen – Mr. Darcy que me perdoe, mas fica difícil competir com um capitão da marinha com uniforme completo e enorme talento para escrever cartas de amor.

Assim é que foi com empolgação que me lancei a ler None But You, narrando os eventos de Persuasão sob o ponto de vista do Capitão Wentworth – começando bem antes de sua chegada a Kellynch Hall, ainda ao mar, na expectativa de deixar seu navio uma vez que a guerra acabou.

Acompanhamos Wentwo
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 08, 2012 Patti rated it liked it
I have purchased yet another set of books so I can get into the minds of Jane Austen’s heroes – this time, Capt. Frederick Wentworth of Persuasion fame.

The adventure into his mind and heart begins and I am not disappointed! Susan Kaye has tried hard to give us insight into Capt. Wentworth’s struggle to deal with a long ago love for sweet Anne. Once passionate for each other, now 8 years later, unsure, but tender feelings are resurfacing. Whether you’ve read Persuasion, or watched the productions
Now a famous and wealthy captain in His Majestys Navy, Frederick Wentworth has steeled his heart against Anne for eight years. Should he allow her into his heart again, or should he look for love with younger, prettier woman in the neighborhood who regards him as a hero?

Based on Austen's Persuasion as told from Captain Wentworth's perspective. A noble gesture, though it only made it through 1/2 of Persuasion. With that the way it was, it seemed to take forever as it went through Wentworth's Naut
I got somewhat weary of Captain Wentworth's life on board of his ship. None But You is the first half of a retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. The style is quite good, characters and storyline are close to the original, but told from Captain Wentworth's point of view. Just like Persuasion, the engagement eight years ago is told in contemplating flashbacks. So basically there is nothing to worry about. That is good. But it really takes a long time for the Captain to arrive at Kellynch Hall (pa ...more
Jane Greensmith
Feb 03, 2010 Jane Greensmith rated it it was amazing
None But You, (Frederick Wentworth, Captain: Book 1) tells the story from the time of the Laconia being decommisioned and Wentworth thrown on shore and into Kellynch to the immediate aftermath of Louisa jumping from the Cobb steps and missing Wentworth's arms and being rendered unconscious. The second book in the two-parter, For You Alone (Frederick Wentworth, Captain; Book 2),which I am currently reading finishes the story.

I love Kaye's writing style--crisp, detailed, and immensely satisfying.
Jul 10, 2008 Heidi rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 13, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it
I have read some really poor Jane Austen re-tellings and/or sequels over the years, but this first volume (of two) about Captain Frederick Wentworth and Anne Elliot of Persuasion definitely ranks up there as one of the best. First of all Ms. Kaye does an excellent job of re-telling Persuasion in a convincing and lively manner from Captain Wentworth's perspective. Although most Austen devotees will already be familiar with several of the scenes from Persuasion, Ms. Kaye retells them with added nu ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
This book is a very detailed look at Persuasion through the eyes of Captain Frederick Wentworth. Throughout the course of Jane Austen's "Persuasion" we learn about Captain Wentworth and that he had his heart broken eight years ago by Anne Elliot. Susan Kaye takes what we know about Wentworth and fills in the holes and creates a story so full of depth, romance, and one that coincides quite nicely with Jane Austen's original story.

The first book in this series opens with Captain Wentworth in 1814
Feb 11, 2013 Leya rated it really liked it
Shelves: keeper-shelf, kindle
I guess the obsession is spreading to a different Jane Austen novel, Persuasion. I didn't help that I recently watched the movie version of it. I love Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth. And I simply couldn't resist reading this book, especially when I found out that it was in Captain Wentworth's perspective.

And like the previous book, I read this one very quickly as well. Surprising. I loved the way it started and I admit I had problems following it whenever the author went back and forth regar
3 1/2 stars

One of the better Persuasion novels I've read. Fans of Captain Wentworth will be pleased with Ms. Kaye's portrayal of the character. Not only does the novel explore the events of Persuasion from Wentworth's point of view, it gives Captain Wentworth's character additional depth and dimension in the form of a backstory. Ms. Kaye also expands on the characters of Harville, Benwick and, Admiral and Mrs Croft. My only real issue with this novel is that it didn't have an ending. I know it i
Apr 03, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok
A very serious Captain Wentworth is the hero of this Austen spinoff, set just before he meets Anne Elliot again and up to Louisa's accident. There are some interesting scenes with his fellow Captains Harville & whatsis, somewhat reminiscent of Jasper Fforde's book world people but more wooden. It's nice to think about what was going on with Austen's heroes, but this one makes the character so serious I don't think he belongs even in Persuasion, which I always think of as the most serious Aus ...more
I really enjoyed this book. The writing was very much in keeping with Jane Austen’s. I appreciated that there were many older British naval phrases and used throughout, which a naval Captain would have used. They helped to give the story a very “authentic” feel. I also really loved the scenes with his friends Benwick and the Harville’s. The interactions with his friends helps us to see a side of his character that is better observed with action over words.

Before I read this I was a little nervo
Jan 01, 2010 Kerri rated it really liked it
This is a version of Jane Austen's Persuasion written from the point of view of Captain Wentworth.

It is a nicely written book. It takes us into the world of Frederick Wentworth as he has returned to England and is turned ashore at the end of the war. The author stays accurate to the times as far as the British Navy goes, but does not bore us with the details, sticking pretty close to the original story. A few new characters are introduced, but they are interesting, and serve to show us a little
I've read quite a few of the Austen-esque books, whether they were sequels or as in this case, the same story from a different point of view. This book is one of the better ones.

It's Persuasion told from Frederick Wentworth's point of view. It dragged at points for me, but I thought her characterization of Wentworth was accurate (or at least it matched my view of him ergo, it's accurate... I really must learn humility some day). Perhaps she made Louisa out to be a little more aggressive in her p
Sep 09, 2011 Shuffy2 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jane-austen
If you know Austen's Persuasion, then you know the story of Anne and Captain Wentworth, however you don't know it told through Wentworth's eyes. Until now.[return][return]Susan Kaye fills in the blanks of Wentworth's roller coaster of feelings on his reintroduction to Anne; does he love her or not and how does she feel. The book tells the tale of his journey upon arriving back on land, having to break the news to his friend of the death of his beloved fiance until the end of the group's visit to ...more
Feb 27, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Angie
Ok, I've been on a "variations on Jane Austen" binge as of late thanks to Angie! This one is the best that I've read. Persuasion is such a short book that there's no time to really even hint as to what's going on in Captain Wentworth's head. But Anne is such an interesting character it really WOULD be interesting to know more about the man she falls in love with!

This book is a well written and interesting story about Frederick and his view of the events that bring the two of them together. I fel
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Book 2 3 13 Jul 15, 2008 01:48PM  
  • Captain Wentworth's Persuasion: Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes
  • George Knightley, Esquire: Charity Envieth Not
  • Captain Wentworth's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #3)
  • Mercy's Embrace: So Rough a Course
  • Pemberley Shades: A Lightly Gothic Tale of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy
  • From Lambton to Longbourn: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • A Match For Mary Bennet: Can A Serious Young Lady Ever Find Her Way To Love?
  • And This Our Life (Chronicles of the Darcy Family #1)
  • Old Friends and New Fancies: An Imaginary Sequel to the Novels of Jane Austen
  • Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman
  • The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy
  • Mr. Darcy's Secret
  • Only Mr. Darcy Will Do
  • The Darcy Cousins
  • The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy
  • First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice
  • Letters from Pemberley: The First Year
  • Darcy and Anne: It Is a Truth Universally Acknowledged That Lady Catherine Will Never Find a Husband for Anne...

Other Books in the Series

Frederick Wentworth, Captain (2 books)
  • For You Alone (Frederick Wentworth, Captain, #2)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“You must feed them, Anne, else they eat their toys.” 5 likes
“Sometimes a man must make a fool of himself to show how much he loves those in his sphere.” 0 likes
More quotes…