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Undue Influence: A Persuasion Retelling

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  79 reviews

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 beneat

Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published September 4th 2018
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PERSUASION is my favourite Austen so when I saw this modern retelling, with an m/m update, was for request, I did some flailing and then prayed to the NG gods for approval. It could be that my hopes were way too high but nonetheless I had those hopes.

"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
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up

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
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

*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 didn'
The title on the cover clearly mentions that this book is a retelling of Persuasion and also an m/m romance. I actually don't remember much about the last Austen novel, so I will not be able to compare or give any idea about how close this book stays to the original. However, this is still a fun romance novel and not remembering the origin story didn't hamper my enjoyment.

After his dad's death, Adam tried very hard to keep the family's Kellynch vineyard afloat but there was nothing he could do a
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, lgbt
There were two things keeping me from really enjoying this: my love for Persuasion, and the fact that I recently read Perfect Day (another m/m retelling of Persuasion) wich I loved. I know I shouldn't compare two retellings, but I can't help it.

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 b
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |
I know Jane Austen's books almost word by word, they're masterpieces. And I think that try to rewrite one of her story is a terribly difficult job, so if the author does an half good job is still a good work and a victory.
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 commis
This is a favorite author of mine and I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately it wasn't the hit I was expecting it to be.

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 b
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty particular about Austen retellings, but this had so many things that I like, namely food/wine and very specific settings, that I had to give it a try. And I really liked it! The hardest thing part of this for me was Rusty, and I think actually I find him worse than Lady Russell is in the original? There are at least there's a long standing bond and she's not actually threatening Anne's well being, whereas here, Rusty's threat to fire Adam if he didn't break up with Freddy carried so m ...more
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

- Review to come

Review originally posted on my blog with added content Mikku-chan / A world full of words
Ed Davis
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Listened as an audiobook. Loved the narrator, enjoyed the book. I have never read the original book by Jane Austin. So, I don’t know how it compares to the original book. I really enjoyed this book.
I've given this a B- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals.

I read and enjoyed Jenny Holiday’s Undue 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’s Persuasion, 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
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Just Love

4 stars

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 little m/m
I really liked this one. I'm always looking for Persuasion retellings, so I can get a hit of what I really crave in Persuasion, which is Wentworth's POV. This book delivered that beautifully.

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
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
M/M retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. I don't really remember reading the original though, nevertheless I enjoyed this story on its own merits. More YA in nature with almost zero steam. I love the old world charm of it. Long walks. Adam's RV. Holding hands. Freddy is a true gentleman, with a bit too much pride. Very different from the contemporary heroes of today, who are billionaires, alpha-males who knows best and "better do as I say" attitude. Don't like the character of Rusty/Lady Merlo ...more
Julia Edits
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Got a sneak peek at this one -- it's an absolutely delicious slow burn, with tons of angst and hardcore backstory. Made me feel all the feels. If you love Persuasion, grab this one the second it comes out.

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 le
Elley Murray
I adored this book. ADORED. I watched the 2007 movie version of Persuasion recently (though I'm ashamed to say I haven't actually read the book by Jane Austen yet... SOON!) and I loved the ways in which Undue Influence ties into the original while still maintaining its originality. Just small things, like Ben Captain as the modern version of Captain Benwick and Rusty/Lady Merlot as Lady Russell's character, were just lovely touches. Reading Undue Influence made me both want to read Persuasion an ...more
Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
Thank you to NetGalley, Jenny Holiday, and the publisher for the ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.

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
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's only been a few days since I read "Perfect Day", a Persuasion retelling. I mentioned in that review that "Persuasion" is my favourite Jane Austen novel, so I could hardly believe my luck when I saw there was another one! And I really enjoyed this one as well.
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 rat
4.5 stars.

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 allowe
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Persuasion just so happens to be my very favourite Jane Austen novel, and the prospect of a contemporary M/M retelling thereof proved to be an irresistable prospect. To my complete and utter delight, this actually turned out to be everything I hoped for - I absolutely adored this story and its characters. Sweet, sweet perfection. ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness this book! I am madly in love with it! I loved how angst filled this was. It wouldnt be a proper Persuasion retelling without it. Adam and Freddy were relatable characters, as were their circumstances. Let us only hope that Jenny Holiday is up for more classic retellings!
Em Wittmann
Terrific retelling of Persuasion. Excellent in almost every way. Review for AAR to come.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
This is a really lovely adaptation of Persuasion that stays faithful to the original without feeling tired or recycled. I felt a lot of emotions.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was going through the author's backlist and hopped onto this because it was a Persuasion retelling. Didn't realize it was M/M, which isn't my jam but since I have made a commitment to reading more diverse stories I went with it. And I'm glad I did. By necessity some of the plot points needed to be changed but I feel it stayed true to the spirit and to the main turning points of Austen's book. (I especially love how my fave part of the book, Wetnworth's letter, gets turned into a series of texts. ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Received a free copy from NetGalley

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
Roberta Blablanski
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This contemporary re-imagining of Jane Austen's Persuasion was impossible to put down. I will admit, I've never read Persuasion so I checked out the Wikipedia article beforehand. I'm glad I did because I gained a better appreciation for Holiday's story.

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 th
As a standalone romance, this book was fine (if not outstanding). As a Persuasion retelling, it was a disappointment.

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
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must confess that I haven't actually read Persuasion yet. Undue Influence just sounded good and it definitely did a great job at making me want to read Persuasion soon. It's a great second chance romance featuring likable characters. In short, I adored it. Adam is adorable character, he's mild-mannered and quiet while his mother and sister are snobby and loud. Adam's family owns a vineyard which they're about to lose because of poor financial management and Adam's trying to navigate his life w ...more
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