Undue Influence: A Persuasion Retelling
Second chances only come around once.
Eight years ago, Adam Elliot made the biggest mistake of his life. Now that mistake is coming back to haunt him. His family’s beloved vineyard has gone into foreclosure, and the new owner is the sister of the only man he’s ever loved—the man he dumped under pressure from family and friends who thought the match was beneath him.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that--"
"Oh, fuck off."
UNDUE INFLUENCE really shines when it comes to the romance. And also with certain modern updates ala Mrs Russell becoming Rusty the drag queen, Freddy working his way up from dishwasher ...more
I’ve read and enjoyed a number of books by Jenny Holiday (her m/m romance, Infamous is a firm favourite of mine) and as Persuasion is one of my top two Jane Austen novels (regularly trading places with Emma at the top of the list), the combination of the author and a favourite plotline was one bound to catch my eye. In something of an embarrassment of riches, this is the second m/m re-telling of Persuasion to appear in the last few weeks (the other is Sally Malcolm’s Perfect ...more
*Warning* The story contains flashbacks. If those aren't your thing, you've be warned.
I've never read this author before and was excited to try this book because the blurb really spoke to me. I love the idea of a scorned lover coming back bigger and better and showing their ex what they missed out on. Undue Influence wasn't as dramatic as I had envisioned, but it was still nice. Slow burn for sure, and no on page sex, which ...more
After his dad's death, Adam tried very hard to keep the family's Kellynch vineyard afloat but there was nothing he could do ...more
First of, as a romance in its own right, this is not a bad book. There were some minor issues I had with the writing (the author explained a person's feelings with emojis of all things sometimes, which just annoyed me somehow), but all in all, it's not ...more
Adam Elliot doesn't fit in his shallow family. His relatives never really accepted that he's gay and that he walk with a limp. Now that the family vineyard has gone into foreclosure, he must find an other place to live. Fate will put on his path again the first and only man he ever loved, the one he didn't fight for 8 years ago when everyone in his social circle wanted to separate them.
Freddy Wentworth was the bad boy of Bishop's Glen, thanks to his tatoos and promiscuous ways. But something ...more
I think this author did a great job with this rewriting of persuasion.
I really really enjoyed this story! It was coherent with the original, but also not a merely rewrite. The characters were portrayed well, and I loved Adam, such a sweetie and without the extremely self ...more
This is a m/m retelling of Jane Austin's Persuasion and I think the author did a pretty good of keeping to the original plot but with modernizations. I think though that was part of my problem. There is very little emotion between the MC's until around 60%. I was so bored and unconnected to them that I was ready to dnf by 40%. The story jumps back and forth ...more
I read and enjoyed Jenny Holiday’sUndue Influence: A Persuasion Retelling when it came out last year, and having also enjoyed Michael Fell’s performance in Infamous I was looking forward to listening to their next collaboration. The novel is a contemporary reworking of Jane Austen’sPersuasion, set in the small town of Bishop’s Glen in upstate New York and in it, our parted lovers are Adam Elliot, the son of a wealthy family of ...more
Look, I’m here for all the Jane Austen retellings you can throw at me, so I’m basically the perfect audience for a book like this. But I have to say, this stripped down, fluffed up, m/m retelling of Persuasion was just the thing I needed to ease my end-of-summer-vacation blues.
I’m not overly familiar with the original book, not like I am with Pride & Prejudice or even Sense & Sensibility, but I feel like the author took the best parts Persuasion, gave it a ...more
It's on the shorter side, but I didn't really notice that as a lack, except for maybe the ending (by which I mean the end of the main story, not the epilogue) where I would have loved just a little bit more. But I loved the dual perspectives, and the flashbacks. There are probably things that do not update ...more
Sadly Persuasion – Jane Austen is the one I liked the least of Jane Austen. I've so much wanted to grab Anne and give her a good shake.
And Jenny Holiday did an amazing job, because these were the exact feelings I had towards Adam, who is a major pushover and desperately needed to find his spine and start living his own life and grab happiness.
While Freddy is the town's bad boy, to me he was just so sweet with a big heart. He loved Adam wholeheartedly and I think he made the right decision to ...more
Adam and Freddy both grew up in the same small town with slightly different circumstances. One was a bit of a misunderstood rebel/bad boy. The other did what his family wanted and enjoyed being alone with his thoughts. They met eight years ago one summer and fell in love. Circumstances, fear, and stubbornness got in the way of their happily ever after.
Now they’re all grown ...more
I had a few minor niggles - nothing that really marred my enjoyment the first time, because I fairly rushed through it, but things that I would probably notice the second time around. I found the detailed flashbacks unnecessary, or ...more
After a spate of DNFs, I needed a win in my reading, and Jenny Holiday reliably came through. This is a beautiful modern adaptation of Persuasion - quiet, sensitive, and layered with emotion. Also, the books starts with
"It is a truth universally acknowledged--"
"Oh, fuck off."
I am on board with taking the piss out of the overuse of that iconic line.
My main quibble with it was Rusty's apology at the end, which came without a lot of regret or understanding on his part and that Adam ...more
It pains me to report that I DNF this book, I lasted as long as I could but I had to give up around the halfway mark. I liked the setting since I’ve always enjoyed wine country but I had problems with the timeline (was I supposed to believe that 2 kids without high school education moved to New York and with no formal training whatsoever became the celebrated chefs and owners of a 5-star restaurant? In 8 years? Nope, sorry, I can put aside my logical mind for a ...more
Adam (Anne) is the sweetest, most sensitive character, and I loved him. Freddy (Frederick) is also sweet, more so when it comes to Adam. The reader learns piece by piece of the couple's meeting and courtship, and eventual parting. Circumstances ...more
Persuasion is my favorite of Jane Austen’s works, so yes, I do have a very high bar when it comes to Persuasion retellings. I find that many (American) authors who write Persuasion retellings struggle to translate the “different social class as barrier to marriage” aspect of Persuasion, and Undue Influence is no different.
Yeah, Adam’s family owns a vineyard, but the fact that Adam ...more
I loved how the two timelines ran concurrently. I also very much appreciated that we could see Freddy's point of view in this version. It added another layer of perspective and emotion and connection to the story and enhanced the overall impact.
The original story was an emotional roller coaster and Jenny ...more