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(Vintage Jane Austen #4)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Upstate New York, 1930. Thirteen years ago, Abbey Evans was persuaded to break off her engagement to a penniless soldier headed to the front lines of the Great War. A daughter of one of America’s wealthiest families could never be allowed to marry so far beneath herself. But Black Tuesday changed everything. With her family's prominence now little more than a facade, Abbey ...more
Kindle Edition, 365 pages
Published July 25th 2017 (first published July 2017)
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Deborah O'Carroll
Another excellent addition to the Vintage Jane Austen series! I’ve quite enjoyed reading each of these standalone retellings by different authors—all so different, yet similar too, and delightful one and all thus far! :)

This one is a sweet retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, except it’s set in 1930s America during the Great Depression.

Perception is a lovely tale, in its own right, and also as a retelling. I so enjoyed all the parallels to Persuasion—which is one of my favorite of Austen’s nov
Kate Willis
I haven’t read the Jane Austen novel this is based on, but I have read and greatly enjoyed a modern adaptation of it, so I was definitely looking forward to this one. (Bonus--it’s written by Emily Ann Benedict who wrote the fabulous Father Christmas books. :D )

The setting in this was very strong and quite interesting. The characters were wealthy enough not to feel the Depression too much, but there were constant reminders. It was also neat to see how World War I and the slowly brewing second wor
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This book! *squeals* Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that every Vintage Jane Austen book I read is even better than the last! (And that goes for the covers too. This one is just beautiful!)

I recently finished the original Persuasion, and started reading Perception about two days afterwards, so the original story was still fresh in my mind and I was able to appreciate even more the subtle details and parallels found in this clever retelling. Persuasion i
Kellyn Roth
Well ... I read this book in October. And ... I just can't manage to remember it! Between then has been NaNo, Christmas, the New Year ... no sane person would expect me to remember! So I'll just review what I do remember and say the rest was sucked up by pre-NaNo jitters. ;)

This was a good, solid story. Maybe a little too Persuasion for me (that sounds weird; it's just that it stuck reaaaaaally close to the original story a lot of the time), but still good.

No author, not being Jane Austen, can w
Age Appropriate For: All Ages
Best for Ages: 12 and up

To me, Persuasion has always felt like Jane Austen's most realistic novel. It really deals with resentment, misunderstandings, and feeling like everyone one else has it better than you. This retelling did the story justice.

This book followed the original story very closely, yet with the feel of the 30s. Some of the changes went so well. The use of make-up that is just becoming popular, the types of music people are listening to, and mentions o
Chloe (aka Crystal)
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My Review:

((3.5 Stars))

The first thing I wanted to say I had really high hopes for this book, and it didn’t meet them. I really wanted to like to like this book more than I did. I really judged the book by it’s cover…. (and it’s super pretty!)

So… first, onto the stuff I didn’t like. *cringes because I hate this part*

The prologue was intriguing and pulled me in, but after a few chapters passed started… it just started to get dry. I found myself extr
Raechel Lenore
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
4.5 stars Review to come :)
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
3 ½ stars.
Honestly, I wanted to like this book more than I did. I love Persuasion, so I was very excited to read a retelling of it. But to me, it felt like just like Persuasion all over again. The names were different, and the places, but it was still the exact same story. I never really felt like I was in the 1930’s.
If you are less familiar with Persuasion, Perception is probably an awesome book for you. This author has very good writing style, and she portrayed the characters extremely well.
Amanda Tero
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I have read Jane Austen’s Persuasion and found it to be a harder read than some of her others. I was interested in the vintage retelling for various reasons: 1) This is my first time to read Benedict, 2) The story is interesting, and I would have liked to see it creatively retold.

It was very neat how the timeline worked out for Freddy to be part of the Great War and rise in political power. I really enjoyed that part of the story. I also liked the portions when Abbey was with her sister, Miriam,
Angie Thompson
I was amazed at how well the author did with adapting the original setting of Persuasion to 1930s America--young girls chatting about movies, music, and makeup, old-money families feeling the pinch of economy, and the backdrop of the Great War to provide an abundance of prior heartache--not to mention soldiers. :) The period flavor was beautifully done, and I loved how all the details of the time were woven into the story. There were a couple of conversations toward the end that felt a bit too m ...more
Kelsey Bryant
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-authors
Just as satisfyingly lovely as the original Persuasion. It pretty much closely followed the story we know and love, with a good twist here and there. Nothing felt forced, though; virtually every significant aspect of the story fit naturally into 1930 Massachusetts. I loved Abbey and Freddy (Anne and Captain Wentworth). All the major characters were unique individuals, fun to read about. The increased role of Abbey's long lost school friend (Mrs. Smith in the original) was a touch I really applau ...more
Alicia Ruggieri
This adaptation follows the beloved tale very closely. While I've not read Persuasion for a few years, it's my favorite of Jane Austen's classics, and so I appreciated that Ms. Benedict didn't take too many liberties with an already-perfect :-) plot.

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Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars
Age Suggestion: 10+

I love the idea of retelling Jane Austen stories in more modern time periods, and I recently reread Persuasion itself and remembered how much I loved it, so I was really excited to read this.

I think the fact I had read Persuasion so recently was both a good thing and a bad thing. Part of me enjoyed having the story so fresh in my mind, but the other part of me really wished the retelling had been less straightforward and a little more creative. Because it is
Miranda Atchley
In 1917, young Abbey Evans had found the love of her life. Yet when her godmother Rosaline found out about Abbey’s feelings for a poor young man, she convinced Abbey that marrying Fredrick would be a mistake. When the U.S. entered WWI, Fredrick immediately enlisted, went to off to war in France and there he remained, working in politics after the war ended. Now, in 1930, Abbey is living with her pompous father and spoiled sister, both of whom seem oblivious to the economic depression taking plac ...more
Perception by Emily Ann Benedict was an interesting read ... and enjoyable, overall. It was neat to pick out the similarities to Jane Austen's Persuasion, and it kept your attention.

There was a bit of a mystery going on, and some drama and incidents and trips to the seashore that kept the story lively. Quite a few characters were introduced over the course of the read, but it was done pretty smoothly, so I could mostly keep track. Speaking of characters - they were interesting. I think the autho
Esther Filbrun
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-review
I loved this book so much! Went through it in just a few days (which is unusual for me!). I'd say that this is my very favorite Jane Austen book--and therefore, favorite retelling of the series so far, too, but I really loved Emmeline as we'll see! In all, there wasn't really anything I didn't like, although I did miss having a "faith" aspect to the story (but I can't complain too much because that wasn't in the original either). Full review coming soon. ...more
Bailey Marissa
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it

I love this retelling. I have no words. I love it.

BUT: The reason it gets a 4.4 is because the...minor literary weirdly placed and completely took me out of what was going on. It changed my focus from the story to the character when the focus should have been this story. It could have been a 5 if it had been changed SLIGHTLY.

I'll discuss that more on my blogpost (Indie April 2021).

Until then, go read this.

Recommended 13+ for violence, poverty, romance, and crimes (more specif
Abigail Harris
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Genre: Vintage Fiction

My Rating: 5 Stars

Recommendation: Anyone 10 and up.

My favorite character is Addey Evans; she is kind and caring. She helps her sisters when she is needed. She made a mistake when she turned down a marriage proposal from she penniless soldier who loved her. Helps her friend who was considered beneath her when her friend needs help instead of going to an engagement with someone that her father thinks can help them. This book shows how some things don't go the way we want but
Jess Swann
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alors, j'avais été échaudée par les précédents tomes mais j'ai tout bonnement adoré cette version années 30 de Persuasion. Les personnages sont fidèles aux originaux et bien transposés dans l'époque (ici Mr Evans/Elliot est un business man fier de son importance dans la société, du raffinement culturel que porte le renom de sa famille...) Abbey est touchante, fidèle à Anne et la relation avec sa marraine est bien exploitée. Freddy est lui aussi convaincant et j'ai apprécié les interactions entre ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-challenge
Perception is an interesting look at the power of expectations. I enjoyed watching this cast of characters deal with unrealistic expectations put upon them by others and sometimes even themselves. It is a well written and enjoyable story.

I borrowed a copy from the Kindle Unlimited program. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books-read

I really enjoyed this story. It helps that I like the original so much. But this was excellent. Definitely worth the price and time.
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Emily Ann Benedict specializes in mystery and comedic novels with a healthy dose of Hope mixed in. Sharing the power of reading, the art of writing, and the love of God with all generations is her passion. When she is not writing, you’ll probably find her near a Starbucks somewhere in California with a Dalmatian by her side and a Kindle in hand.

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