Vicki of Reading At The Beach hosts A-Z Wednesday. Today’s letter is P.

I’m going with a classic this week. I read Persuasion in November of 2007 and rated it 5 out of 5 stars. At the time, I said that one reason I really enjoyed this book was that the main characters¬† had some life experience that they were bringing with them. Anne was almost too perfect, but I still liked her and was rooting for her. This is not the edition I read, but I really like this cover.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Anne Elliot, heroine of Austen’s last novel, did something we can all relate to: Long ago, she let the love of her life get away. In this case, she had allowed herself to be persuaded by a trusted family friend that the young man she loved wasn’t an adequate match, social stationwise, and that Anne could do better. The novel opens some seven years after Anne sent her beau packing, and she’s still alone. But then the guy she never stopped loving comes back from the sea. As always, Austen’s storytelling is so confident, you can’t help but allow yourself to be taken on the enjoyable journey. (

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