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Persuasion by Rebecca H. Jamison
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really liked it
bookshelves: american, dating, family, friendship, forgiveness
Recommended to Meagan by: Cedar Fort Inc
Recommended for: Jane Austen Fans,
Read from January 29 to 31, 2012 , read count: 1

PERSUASION: A Latter Day Tale
by Rebecca H. Jamison
Eight years ago, Anne Elliot broke Neil Wentworth's heart. Bowing to pressure from her parents and her own fears Anne broke off their engagement after one day. Never expecting to see him again she is shocked when his brother Jack buys her father's house. When her roommate Marcy tells her that Neil is still single Anne is surprised.
When her sister Mary is put on bed rest, Anne stays with her after work to help with her nephews. While Anne is at work Mary's sisters-in-law Lily and Hannah Musgrove are helping her. But with Neil dating Lily, Anne finds it difficult staying with Mary and seeing so much of Neil, especially since she still has feelings for him.
One night at dinner with the Musgrove's, Lily asks Anne to join them on a trip to North Carolina, Neil is taking them all down before he has to goes back to work. Anne finally agrees to go along with them.
While there they visit Neil's friends Dave and Valarie Harville and Jay Bentley. As they share dinner Anne and Jay sit together and enjoy talking to each other. The next day Lily, Hannah, Anne, Neil, and Jay all go down to the beach. There are jellyfish warnings against swimming, but Lily is determined to swim in the ocean no matter what. While the others build sand castles Lily is stung in the neck by a jellyfish. As Neil brings her in Anne calls 911. Anne rides in the ambulance with Lily and stays the night with her at the hospital to keep Lily as calm and comfortable as possible during the night.
The next day Will Grandin offers to drive Anne back home, but Neil says it is not necessary because he has to go back too. Anne is so tired that she sleeps the whole 7 hour drive home. Then she and Neil have a little something to eat in her kitchen as they talk for awhile before Neil has to leave for work.
When Anne gets a bouquet of red roses at work she has no idea who they are from – the card is signed Will Gradin and requests dinner on Friday night. Will is takes Anne to a political function dinner.
The following Friday Anne and Will go to a party at her Dad's apartment when she will meet her dad's new girlfriend – Felicia. The “party” at her dad's is a selling party. Suddenly Liz bursts into the room and says that Dad lost his job and he would soon be home. Will offers to help him and they type up his resume on the spot.
Will and Anne have been dating for about a month when Anne gets the flu. Neil brings over some food for Anne. He then offers to pick up up Marcy at the airport. Marcy then tells Anne that Liz told her and Neil all about Anne's romance with Will. Anne denies it and admits that she still had feelings for Neil. Marcy tells her if she wants Neil to know how she feels she needs to let him know.
But when she tries to break up with Will, he won't accept that she doesn't love him. Will then begins stalking Anne. When Neil comes over to see Anne, he takes her to the local police station to file a report. Will then takes Anne to dinner and she admits her fear of getting divorced as her parents had. As they talk Anne feels as if she and Neil still have connection. But when Will starts following Anne when she is with Neil, their date ends on a disappointing note. But to make sure she is safe Neil has Anne and Marcy stay in his house with the Harvilles. Neil spends the night in his SUV keeping watch.
Neil proposes to Anne on the same day that Lily and Hannah Musgrove have a double wedding. Four weeks later Anne's dreams come true.
Rebecca Jamison creates a wonderful blending of Jane Austen with the modern world in this delightfully entertaining retelling of Persuasion.

I received a Digital loan of this title for the purpose of this review.
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