** spoiler alert **
I liked the first volume well enough, but I liked the second volume even more. This is as it should be because if you think of the two books as one, then as you get further and further into the story you should become more enthralled.
Wentworth visits his curate brother and his wife, a pair of likeable characters with interesting stories of their own. I enjoyed that fact that we got to read of Lady Russell's minor machinations in trying to keep Anne from him. Her characterization of Anne's father and the meeting of meeting between him and Wentworth concerning the marriage settlement, all very good.
If it fell apart for me anywhere it was at the very end and in particular, the wedding or rather, the elopement. I did not think it necessary in spite of the contrived reasons for it.
I would like to see a sequel. If Pride and Prejudice could have so many sequels, I would like to see a few for Persuasion, particularly one by this author.