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 didn' ...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 a ...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 commis ...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 b ...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 li ...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 rat ...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 allowe ...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 th ...more
Confession: While I've read Persuasion at some point in time, I honestly do not know enough about the story to draw parallels between this story and that one...so I won't. Instead, I'm going to just discuss this story and just how much I enjoyed it, regardless of the classic twist on the original story line.
This is a second chance at love story. Adam and Freddy spent one amazing summer together as boyfriends (that no one knew about). While both boys were out, no one knew that the two ...more
I love Jane Austen books. I even love Austen retelling stories. I've read several versions of Pride and Prejudice, absolutely loved an m/m retelling of Sense and Sensibility and Emma is always a fantastic retelling because it's about finally falling for the perfect guy who was there all along, and that person who makes us a better version of ourselves.
Of them all, Persuasion has ...more
I’m a sucker for retellings of Jane Austen’s novels, and Persuasion is one of my favorites, so I had to give this book a try.
Despite having two male leads and being relocated to a contemporary American setting in New York state, the story is fairly faithful to the original. Under the influence of his awful social-climbing family and an older friend whose drag queen whose stage persona is named Lady Rusty Merlot (ha!), Adam Elliot broke up with his boyfriend, Freddie Wentworth, who was v ...more
This is a contemporary mm romance with familiar echoes of Austen's Persuasion. Persuasion itself is one of Austen's less smooth works with many layers of unlikable people advising, influencing and selfishly using the central character. Undue Influence doesn't do the smoothest job of sorting through these characters and refining the story to make easy sense in modern context, nor does it retain some of the ridiculousness underlying Austen characters. but it's a fin ...more
It was more of ...more
Author Jenny Holiday explores this through her modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion as a M/M romance novel. I have not read Austen's original work, so I had no comparison or expectations reading Undue Infl ...more
I have never read Jane Austen's Persuasion, I've actually not read any Jane Austen books. I've also never read a book by Jenny Holiday – until this one. I found Undue Influence to be a very enjoyable story; one that I would probably read again if I ever re-read books.
It's kind of a classic second chance story. Two young people fall in love, circumstances/people tear them apart, they reconnect years later and discover that they still love each other. Those are the thin ...more
While Persuasion is not my fa ...more
even though it's moved to a contemporary setting, a lot of the socioeconomic commentary in austen's original story come into play here. fred ...more