Feb 112015


I am wayyyyyy overdue for a list!  It just doesn’t feel right to go so long and not be making new lists! 😉

This is my fourth Austenesque Top Ten list.  You can find my other Top Ten lists HERE.

Today’s Top Ten list includes my ten favorite Austenesque novels inspired by Persuasion.  It was hard to narrow this list down!  So far, I’ve read 24 Austenesque novels inspired by Persuasion and 12 of them were for me, 5 star reads!

If you are a fan of Anne and Wentworth and want to know what novels I’d recommend, check out the list below!

* These lists are based only on the novels I have read and are my top ten favorites.

**These lists are subject to change.  


(in alphabetical order)

Captain Wentworth's PersuasionCaptain Wentworth’s Persuasion

Author: Regina Jeffers

Type of Novel: Alternate Point of View

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Find Wonder in All ThingsFind Wonder in All Things

Author: Karen Cox

Type of Novel: Modern Adaptation

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Mercy's Emrace So Roough a CourseMercy’s Embrace: So Rough a Course (Mercy’s Embrace #1)

Author: Laura Hile

Type of Novel: Sequel, Minor Character

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Mercy's Embrace So Lively a ChaseMercy’s Embrace: So Lively a Chase (Mercy’s Embrace #2)

Author: Laura Hile

Type of Novel: Sequel, Minor Character

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Murder Most PersuasiveMurder Most Persuasive

Author: Tracy Kiely

Type of Novel: Mystery, Austen-Inspired

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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None But YouNone But You (Frederick Wentworth, Captain; Book 1)

Author: Susan Kaye

Type of Novel: Alternate Point of View

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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PersuadeMe_Visuals3:Layout 1Persuade Me

Author: Juliet Archer

Type of Novel: Modern Adaptation

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Searching for Captain WentworthSearching for Captain Wentworth

Author: Jane Odiwe

Type of Novel: Austen-Inspired, Time Travel

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00034]The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen

Author: Shannon Winslow

Type of Novel: Austen-Inspired, Biographical Fiction

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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The Subsequent ProposalThe Subsequent Proposal

Author: Joana Starnes

Type of Novel: Variation

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Michelle Hall

Hi Meredith

What luck for me. I have just re-read Persuasion and watched the 1995 version with Ciaron Hinds as Captain Wentworth (and he does do him justice). I have never read a sequel to Persuasion. I think I will read “The Subsequent Proposal” and also Jane Odiwe’s book as I have read quite a few of this author’s books before and they are always very good. Thanks for your list. I have missed them!

Joana Starnes

Thanks, Michelle! As always, Mr Darcy is at the centre of attention 🙂 but Captain Wentworth has rather a lot to say too!! Hope you’ll like it!

Kirk Companion

I loved loved loved “Searching for Captain Wentworth”. As it’s set in Boston, my co-favorite is “The Family Fortune” by Laurie Horowitz. As I like books about “The Author”, “The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen” looks interesting.


What a great list! I love Persuasion, and am new to this so have not read any of these.


I am surprised that I haven’t read 4 of them!! Putting those on my list 🙂 I loved all the ones you listed that I had read. Great list!

Christina Boyd

I have read all but the Regina Jeffers, Tracy Kiely, and Joana Starnes. And the Joana Starnes book is actually in my queue to read! Great list! I especially love the Laura Hile books. Surely you have read Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange? THAT is a favorite.

Joana Starnes

Thanks so much, Meredith and Christina! It’s such an honour to be in your Top 10 and I’m so thrilled you liked it, Meredith!!! Wonderful to hear it’s on your TBR, Christina, I hope you’ll like the premise 🙂

Sophia Rose

Nice choices, Meredith! I have read Regina’s book, the Mercy’s Embrace trio and the Frederick Wentworth duo from your list. I have also enjoyed Amanda Grange’s Captain Wentworth Diary, Abigail Reynolds’ Morning Light, Mary Simonsen’s Capn Wentworth: Home From the Sea, Mary Jane Hathaway’s Persuasion Captain Wentworth and Cracklin Cornbread. I have quite a few Persuasion related stories on my pile to read too:

Sophia Rose

Oh and my current Austenesque read is Searching for Captain Wentworth. Glad to see it made your list.


Hi Meredith – I’m honored you put Find Wonder in All Things on your Persuasion list ! I’m a Capt Wentworth fan girl myself, and I love Persuasion as a novel- for the story and the elegance of the novel’s structure. It’s good to know other readers (and authors) feel the same 🙂


I have only read two out of the books you picked, Meredith! Persuade Me and Searching for Captain Wentworth. Loved them both 🙂 All the other books are on my list, of course. I plan on reading Find Wonder in All Things very soon 🙂

Monica P

So far I’ve only read one of these (that makes me so sad!) – Persuade Me.

I own most of these and hope to read them all at some point.


Of these ten, Meredith, I’ve read: Regina Jeffers’, Shannon Wonslow’s and Joana Starnes’ books. On my TBR&L lists (read & listen), I’ve got Karen Cox’s, Juliet Archer’s and Jane Odiwe’s. Laura Hile’s, Tracey Kiely’s and Susan Kaye’s are new to me, so guess what? My Wish List just got bigger!

The last but one book I read was Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange (bought from the gift shop at Chawton, as it happens, along with Mr. Knightley’s). Definitely worth a look if you haven’ read it yet.

Joana Starnes

Thanks, Anji 🙂 Hugs!!

Kelli H.

Great list, Meredith. I have read (and enjoyed) all of these books but two and I own the two I haven’t read. I absolutely love the Mercy’s Embrace series! I think it may be time to reread them!!:)


As a fellow list-lover, I really enjoyed this list, Meredith! I have read so few of these, but you have my favourite Persuasion-based books on there, ‘Persuade Me’ and ‘The Subsequent Proposal’, both of which I thought were wonderful.

Joana Starnes

Thanks so much, Ceri!! I’m so happy you liked it! xx


I’m so honoured to have my book on your list, Meredith-thank you very much!

Katrin (@Kaewink)

Searching for Capt. Wentworth is one of my favourites together with Juliet Archers Persuade Me!. Such great books!
And I have lots more to read, as I see on your list! 🙂


Thanks for including me in the list, Meredith. BTW, “Captain Frederick Wentworth’s Persuasion” (the self published version of “Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion” [same book] as the Ulysses Press title) will be on sale this weekend as part of a promotion with Evie Cotton and my modern P&P “Honor and Hope.”


Two of my favorites are Debra White Smith’s modern version called “Possibilities” and Melissa Nathan’s “Persuading Annie.”

Amy B.

What a fun list! As much as I do love P&P and its spinoffs, I wish there were more things based on Persuasion & the other novels. So thanks for highlighting these! Laura Hile’s books might just be my favorite Austen based books ever, if I was forced to narrow it down. They are fantastic! 🙂

Susan Kaye

Thank you so much for including me in such an august list, Meredith. If the gods smile and Frederick cooperates there will finally be a volume three to add the the Frederick Wentworth, Captain series.

We Frederick Fan Girls have to stick together.

Shannon Winslow

What a lovely surprise to discover that “The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen” made another one of your “best” lists, Meredith! What an honor. Thank you! I also appreciate that you are highlighting “Persuasion” books. As much as we all love P&P, it’s good for readers to know there’s more out there worth reading. 😀

Michelle Fidler

I’ve read the Amanda Grange one. I own Searching for Captain Wentworth by Jane Odiwe and the first Laura Hile one, but haven’t read them. I may read Tracy Kiely someday because I love mysteries and that’s what I mostly read.


I would like to read “The subsequent proposal” with P&P characters and Persuasion ones mixed together, an enchanting premise! 🙂
I didn´t know some of the novels of your top ten, I have to check them with calm because they seem very promising. Thanks, Meredith! 😉

Joana Starnes

Thanks, Teresa! I hope you’ll like my take on Mr Darcy at loggerheads with Capt Wentworth 😉

Joana Starnes

WOW! Thanks SO MUCH, Meredith! I’m so thrilled to find ‘The Subsequent Proposal’ in your top ten, and in such awesome company !!!! [happy dance and hugs 😀 ]

J "Joy" Dawn King

I am shocked at how few of these I’ve read (Head bowed in shame!). I must see to this right away. Thanks for the recommendations, Meredith.


Thank you for sharing Meredith! I have never read anything Persuasion related. But was pleasantly surprised to see I own five of the ones you mentioned! Obviously it shows my book buying is out of hand

Cat Commons

Meredith, your lists are the greatest! I have more books to add to my TBR list!

Laura Hile

Meredith, thank you so much for including my books on your list. I’m so glad you enjoyed them.

Sheila L. M.

I have only read the last two but then I look for P&P variations most of the time. I think I will have to try your top one or two to find out what the fuss is all about.

Sharon @ Faith Hope & Cherrytea

Shannon Winslow’s is tops with me – LuV it!
and Amanda Grange’s Captain Wentworth’s Diary [as all her diaries are excellent!]


Like some of the others I am new to Persuasion. I find Captain Wentworth to be very intriguing, and Ann to be a bit of an enigma. I can’t wait to begin reading your recommendations. Thank you for this lovely list!

Stephanie L

I’ve read (and own) all of them but two, and those are modern adaptations so that’s not surprising. I agree with several of the PP’s, I love Amanda Grange’s diaries. Joana Starnes “Subsequent Proposal” is up there on my list too. Great list Meredith!!

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