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Mercy's Embrace: So Rough a Course (Mercy's Embrace #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  108 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Elizabeth Elliot is as beautiful as ever, yet no gentleman of proper stature has requested her hand. Lady Russell claims she is too particular, but Elizabeth begs to differ. She is not about to settle for a gentleman of no distinction like her sister Mary. Nor will she follow her heart and marry a commoner with no title but Captain-that was Anne's mistake. As for romance a ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published March 21st 2009 by Wytherngate Press
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Aug 13, 2010 Marcie rated it really liked it
If you have read any of my past reviews you know that I love Jane Austen. I am also a fan of sequels, what if , and variation stories that her fans have written. My favorite book by Jane Austen is Persuasion.
I gush every time I read the letter Captain Wentworth writes to Anne. Mercy's Embrace is a sequel to Persuasion. However this book is not about Anne but her older sister Elizabeth. I have to admit in Persuasion, Elizabeth was not one of my favorite characters. She is vain, rude, obnoxious an
Susan Kaye
Apr 09, 2010 Susan Kaye rated it it was amazing
I've been reading Mercy's Embrace for years as Laura Hile serialized it online. The series is wonderful and FORCES you to like Elizabeth Elliot. She could easily be a modern heroine with just a new wardrobe and a cell phone. Laura makes all the characters, Austen and none, jump off the page. You'll enjoy it.
Aug 17, 2012 Candy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque
So Rough a Course is right! In this continuation of Persuasion, Elizabeth Elliot is about to turn 30, well past spinster age, she realizes she needs to marry and marry soon. She sets off to do that, but her first daring scheme to find a husband fails miserably. While she’s gone, her father, Sir Walter, gives up the lease to the house and moves into The Citadel for his health, leaving Elizabeth to live at her sister Anne’s house. With Sir Walter's financial situation becoming worse, Elizabeth mus ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Jakki rated it it was amazing
According to Elizabeth Elliot, a man must possess three qualities in order to be considered eligible: good breeding, good looks, and a good income. As her thirtieth birthday draws near, Elizabeth is beginning to wonder if a man can truly possess all three qualities. Surely two out of three isn’t bad…right? As for matters of the heart, one must be a simpleton, indeed, to believe there is a chance of falling in love with a man who bears all of these.

Beautiful as ever, Elizabeth Elliot is determine
Aug 30, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing
Mercy’s Embrace, Book One, So Rough A Course by Laura Hile

In a sea of Darcy, Darcy, Darcy, I regret to admit that I may have over-indulged this winter and now suffer from post-Pride and Prejudice fanfiction fatigue. While perusing a generous stack of novels sent to me from our blogmistress, Laurel Ann, I was delighted to discover a follow-up story to Jane Austen’s masterpiece, Persuasion, entitled Mercy’s Embrace, So Rough A Course, Book 1 by debut author Laura Hile. I was instantly intrigued,
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
The beautiful, haughty, and expensive Elizabeth Elliot is determined to be married before her rapidly approaching thirtieth birthday. The family's dire financial situation and the fact that both her younger sisters are no longer single increases Elizabeth's desire to be wed. For Elizabeth, “a man needs three qualities in order to be considered a matrimonial prize...good breeding, good looks, and a good income.” While on the lookout for this “matrimonial prize” Elizabeth encounters a wide variety ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Katy rated it it was amazing
I've read Jane Austen but never read any of the many spin-offs until now. I honestly had no expectations going into the book, and boy, was I pleasantly surprised! The author has managed to capture the spirit of Jane Austen in this book and still make it her own story. I found myself caught up in the tale, and amazingly, Ms. Hile has made Elizabeth Eliot a very sympathetic character! Because this is advertised as a "three part book series" don't expect a real ending; it's more like a miniseries t ...more
I didn't think I would like to read a book about Elizabeth Elliot...certainly not a series of three books. But I started with the first and found myself engaged. I have read a number of Jane Austen sequels and generally don't like those that veer far from the original novel. "Persuasion" is my favorite Jane Austen novel. This story begin with Elizabeth in unbecoming circumstances and her struggles to overcome reveal a deeper view of her character. In the beginning she is as unlikeable as one wou ...more
Carey Bligard
Jan 11, 2011 Carey Bligard rated it really liked it
Very much enjoyed this subtle series, but would have put it all in one book
Dec 27, 2013 Cass rated it really liked it
I began this series with apprehension. Elizabeth Elliot had always seemed such selfish and uncaring sister to Anne Elliot (Persuasion). I could not imagine enjoying a book where she was turned into the heroine.

I really enjoyed this story. The author did a such a wonderful job with her heroine Elizabeth. Rather than reinvent her character erasing all her flaws, she helped us to see a different woman underneath a very hard shell. I very quickly came to love Elizabeth Elliot almost as much as Anne,
Aug 26, 2015 Rivka rated it really liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
A spin-off of Jane Austen's Persuasion. I wasn't sure about these when I picked them up but I had such a fun time reading them! It's the story of Elizabeth Elliot (Anne's oldest sister) picking up from just after Anne's engagement to Captain Wentworth. It's sort of a coming-of-age story (despite her being 29) mixed with a fun romance. The author's attempts to mention other Austen characters (Caroline Bingley, for example) was a bit of a stretch at times, but as she never mentioned them more than ...more
Dec 11, 2015 Shelley marked it as to-read
Shelves: guest
Author's guest post at my blog:
Ingrid Morris
This is a "fan fiction" self published type thing. The story picks up where Jane Austen's Persuasion leaves off. This time the protagonist is Elizabeth Elliot. Action is also told through the view of Charles Musgrove, Capt. Wentworth and a new character, McGill. Usually, these sort of things float my boat, but this trilogy (two books follow) seemed a bit empty, predicatable and flat. It's only a normal regency romance dressed up as an Austen tribute.
Patricia Gulley
Dec 26, 2010 Patricia Gulley rated it it was amazing
Wow, great book, and a cliffhanger to boot. Never thought I'd find Elizabeth Elliot so interesting. Now, I feel she is like a misused child that turned out the way the misuser meant. But she is made of something else. Will that part win out??? Well, I have two more books to find out.
A real recommendation, as I am a great one for books about DEAR JANE's secondary characters.
Captain Jacq
Jun 09, 2011 Captain Jacq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Persuasion" is my favorite novel by Jane Austen and I very much enjoyed this sequel. Elizabeth Eliot begins to learn that tings aren't as black and white as she saw them and there really is something to be liked about the ineligible. I enjoyed learning more about the character of Elizabeth Eliot and cannot wait to read the next novel.
Jane Greensmith
Sep 10, 2009 Jane Greensmith rated it it was amazing
One of the most enjoyable Austen-inspired books around--Hile makes Elizabeth Eliot real, interesting, and very likeable...that is shows her vulnerability and her heart. A pleasure to read....but be forewarned, this is book one in a series, so you won't get the whole story in this one book.
Laura Hile
Apr 09, 2010 Laura Hile rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Eh, I clicked the "read it" icon ... because there isn't a "wrote it" icon! How odd to be reviewing my own book! As to genre, it's a Regency romantic comedy featuring the so-opinionated Elizabeth Elliot and all your friends from Austen's Persuasion. It was a kick to write. I hope you enjoy it.
Jun 12, 2012 veganjilly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
What an enjoyable read! I will definitely read this book again, and I cannot wait for the next installment. The author did a great job capturing the humor and social complexities of Jane Austen's wonderful characters. Excellent book!
Robin Helm
Jan 21, 2012 Robin Helm rated it it was amazing
I love this series! Any author who can make me love Elizabeth Elliot deserves a medal. I finished this book in a day and hurried to read Book 2.

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