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Sway

(Romance Revisited #1)

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  157 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Ava Elliot never thought she’d become a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?

Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancé Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared
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Paperback, 306 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Samhain Publishing
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Sheila Majczan
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, the romance, the poignancy and the bitter-sweet memories from eight years ago…This is a book I could not put down. You may think you know Jane Austen’s story of Persuasion but even in looking for connections to her characters and to her events and outcomes you will find heart gripping scenes that pull you in and touch your emotions. (Yes, I had tears at times, again.) This author took this story and made it all her own – beautifully.

Some of my favorite parts are poignant memories of Ava’s mo
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Sophia
One heartbreaking moment's decision broke up a pair of young lovers and for eight years they have gone their separate ways. Until now...

I love second chance romance if for no other reason than it allows for momentous mistakes to not do irrevocable damage. It also allows for 'right people wrong timing' to happen. In this tender and emotional retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, the author offers a modern retelling of a second chance romance set against the world of music and Hollywood. There ar
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Debbie Brown
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jaff, 2016-jaff
Out of 5 stars, I would say this earns at least 6.

It's a lovely modern re-imagining of Jane Austen's Persuasion, though you don't have to have read Persuasion to appreciate the excellent writing here. The title is a perfect example of Ms. Stanford's thought-provoking style: "Sway" can be used as a synonym of persuade, but it's also something that you do when you're moving to music, which is a big part of this story. In the book itself, the prose is almost lyrical-sounding in places. Here's a sma
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Mary
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
Dear reader,

This was such a beautiful story-I simply adored it!

There were so many facets that I loved-the clever storyline,realistic characters,sheer romance,troubling angst,the title's meaning,creepy boyfriends, mixed messages............relief when said messages were correctly interpreted!......and the ending..........oh my!!!

If you're looking for a book with a modern twist on Austen's Persuasion,one that is utterly compelling and heartbreaking,
one in which you will happily find yourself read
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Jane Austen’s Persuasion Infused with Melody and Lyrics

In her debut novel, Melanie Stanford has creatively updated Jane Austen’s Persuasion in modern-day California. The reincarnations and modernizations of these characters were very thoughtfully developed:

- Ava Elliot is a classical pianist who is just returning home after studying music at Julliard for eight years
- Walter Elliot is a former soap actor very concerned about maintaining his youthful good looks
- Beth Elliot is Ava’s haughty older
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Christina
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance and Jane Austen readers
Recommended to Christina by: Austenesque Reviews
Melanie Stanford’s debut novel, "Sway," is a modern day tribute to Jane Austen's most thoughtful and undeniably emotive work, "Persuasion." Austen’s masterpiece begins eight years after the broken engagement between the young heiress, Anne Elliot, and a junior naval officer, Frederick Wentworth--when he returns to her world and both must face the agonies of their shared history. “Sway” is set in southern California and flashes back to when Eric Wentworth and Ava Elliot were merely talented music ...more
Carole (in Canada)
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: JAFF, Romance
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
This is a modern version of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' that was so well written that it had me wanting to lock Ava (Anne Elliot) and Eric (Captain Wentworth) in the same room and not let them out until they resolved their issues! Others have written so eloquently of the premise of this debut novel that I know I cannot convey as well.

How does one 'get over' the love of your life even if you were only 19 years old? Yes, you move on but do you really 'live life'? Coming face-to-
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Kirk
I finished Sway a couple of hours ago and highly enjoyed it! This is a modern Persuasion set in California. Despite my puritan roots, the descriptions of the beaches/weather made jet right out there....especially with April snow on the way. While for most of the book I was in the 4ish rating...the ending pushes it to 4.5 or above(and I needed a happy ending. Tomorrow Austen in Boston is discussing Tess, the worse ending in the history of earth!!!! Lol, I've written an alternative ending in my he ...more
Melanie Stanford
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Because I love PERSUASION by Jane Austen so much, I had to write my own retelling. :D
Sheila Majczan
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I posted a review for the Kindle edition of this book. I loved it all over again and found it hard to put down. Persuasion is my second favorite Jane Austen book. I love "that letter" as I am sure so do many others.

All the main characters are here but there are some differences as the story develops. Ava's father comes through in the end as to where his priorities lie. Even sister Beth in the end shows an attachment for more than just her father and designer clothes and furniture. While Eric We
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
3.5

I'm always drawn to retellings of Austen's Persuasion, I guess I can't get enough at the whole second-chance-at-love storyline. I especially love a contemporary reboot like we find here in Sway.

Ava and Eric were high school sweethearts and what felt like soul mates. Like the original version, Ava's family interferes and the two part ways. The book picks up eight years later, Ava just returned from Julliard and Eric is the lead singer in a successful band. The book loosely follows the origina
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Katie W
I love modern re-tellings of great classics and this version of Jane Austen's Persuasion is no exception. I have a soft spot in my heart for music and this story has a firm basis in that area. Ava is a phenomenal pianist and her ex-fiance, Eric, is a modern crooner (think Frank Sinatra or Michael Buble) who has made it big. The similarities between this version and the classic are great, yet there are a few surprises. I loved the scene and the vivid characters, who are all larger than life. I co ...more
Teresita
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great modern adaptation

I loved this modern-day version of Persuasion, perfectly blended with today's lifestyle.

Highly enjoyable and entertaining. I really recommend it!
Eliza Baum
I'm in the middle of my yearly (bi-yearly? tri-yearly? who knows!) re-listen of Persuasion, and it put me in the mind to read one of the few adaptations that I've had in my queue for a while. I mostly read P&P stuff, but it's really a shame there isn't more variety of variations for this particular Austen work. This one came highly recommended, and I managed to catch it on sale recently, so it was a good candidate for this particular mood.

I was not disappointed and greatly enjoyed this story
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Kathy
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I'm a sucker for books like this. Well done other than a few questions which were left unanswered. Otherwise a great book that I enjoyed.

Content: fairly clean, no language, some talk of sex and mild innuendo but nothing graphic or on screen
Kim
Ooooh! A modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion.

Sensuality content: Clean with mild innuendo.
Christina
Melanie Stanford’s debut novel, "Sway," is a modern day tribute to Jane Austen's most thoughtful and undeniably emotive work, "Persuasion." Austen’s masterpiece begins eight years after the broken engagement between the young heiress, Anne Elliot, and a junior naval officer, Frederick Wentworth--when he returns to her world and both must face the agonies of their shared history. “Sway” is set in present-day Southern California but flashes back to when Eric Wentworth and Ava Elliot were merely ta ...more
Ceri
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Rosanna Leo
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being a lover of Jane Austen, I was pleased to pick up a copy of Sway by Melanie Stanford. Based on Austen's Persuasion, Sway brings the story to modern times and introduces the reader to heroine Ava and hero Eric. Ms. Stanford's interpretation is in many ways as romantic as the original, and in many ways it is very different from a typical romance. After all, Persuasion is a story of a woman who lives with regret. She lost the hero when they were 8 years younger when her family persuaded her no ...more
Selena Robins
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Stanford's writing style is lyrical, and smooth as she draws the reader into her characters world, where a reader is able to visualize the scenery, and hear the beautiful instrumental music, and not only read the creative lyrics of the songs, but can imagine listening to them.

SWAY is a contemporary take on Jane Austen's Persuasion told in first person through the heroine's (Ava Elliott's) point of view. I would have enjoyed reading Eric, the hero's point of view as well, however, Ms. Sta
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Samantha
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 swayed back together stars. Ava and Eric were madly in love until Ava broke both their hearts by walking away due to fear. Years have passed and Eric is a highly successful singer and Ava has nothing but her degree from Juilliard. When they meet again, Ava can't help the feelings that rush to the surface.

The two dance around one another and attempt to date others while still being forced to see each other in social situations. It comes to a head when Eric realizes the only one for him, fore
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Marivi Sanz
I absolutely adore this book. Since the first time I read it, it has become one of the first books I pick up whenever I've read a bad one, so I can keep on reading again.

As a modernization of Jane Austen's "Persuasion" (my favourite book ever) it's perfect. The moment Eric meets Ava after she broke up their engagement 8 years earlier hurts as much as the first time or more. And I love it more with every re-read.
HT
Mar 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no self-respecting girl.
DNF at 15%. That was when the male love interest berated the female protagonist because she wasn't too sure about

a. marrying him right out of high school
b. throwing away her SCHOLARSHIP TO JULLIARD to stay with him
c. being disowned by her family for marrying this loser
d. sitting around in LA with no job while he and his amateur boy band try to get big.

Seriously, fuck this guy.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
It took me a minute or two to get into this book- it started out a bit slow for me but I eventually found myself caught up in this book and it's lively characters. It was hard to put down. I usually enjoy re-tellings of old classics and this was no exception. I loved the music side to this- it was my favorite thing about this book. The song at the end was perfect. :)
Alisa
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Cute contemporary re-telling of Jane Austen's Persuasion.

Content: Clean
Source: Amazon.com
Andrea
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved every minute.
Susanne
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
A modern take on Jane Austen's Persuasion, Sway takes us into the life of Ava, the middle sister of three who has returned to Los Angeles after eight years in New York at Julliard, studying piano. Her former-soap star father and elder socialite sister, Beth, aren't terribly welcoming when she arrives home, but her Aunt Rose does her best to welcome Ava. And Beth's clingy friend Shelby is an immediate concern as she's obviously a star-struck hanger-on. But her father's and sister's overspending o ...more
Mira Magdo
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but when the cover is so beautiful, it’s hard not to. I love blue, I love the piano, the lights and I love the fusion of the instrument with the girl and the boy (he looks like Zac Efron).

Reading Sway, the first thing I noticed, it is written in first person singular. The narrator is the main character Ava Elliot. I’ve read lots of JAFF books (my first one which is not a Pride and Prejudice variation), but this is the first one which uses first person na
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A.N. Jackson
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yay, my first book finished for 2016, and it's amazing. Great start to a great year of reading. I love Jane Austen, with P&P my favourite but a very close second is persuasion, so when this book was released, I was ecstatic. I've been waiting for it for some time.
Part of me wonder how a modern day re-telling would work as a classic. I haven't read many Jane Austen re-tellings before, mainly because I worried that they old-fashioned chivalry and values wouldn't relate, or be realistic for a c
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Marivi Sanz
I don't really like reading retellings of classic books, and less still when it's a modernisation of my favourite book, but i had seen good reviews, it was cheap and I was (and still am) in one of my "read-anything-Austen" phases, so I jumped head first on this one. And I must say it didn't disappoint me. At all.
Turning Captain Frederick Wentworth into a music star, or Sir Walter Elliot into a long forgotten soap opera actor seemed risky at first, but it worked wonderfully. I must confess that,
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Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband, four kids, and ridiculous amounts of snow.

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