Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
For some reason I had some pretty inaccurate assumptions about this book! Judging this contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion by its youthful cover and fairytale-inspired title, I instantly thought this story would be more geared towards Young Adult audiences and be filled with lots of magic and enchantment. However, this story ended up being for adult audiences and not as heavily steeped in the fairytale realm as one might anticipate. Which I liked even better!
Like most Persuasion-inspired stories this tale is about a fervent and youthful romance that ended too soon, living with regret, and the rare opportunity to have a second chance. While we don’t encounter any characters with the vanity of Sir Walter Elliott, the neediness of Mary Musgrove, or the flattery of Mrs. Clay, we do encounter characters that resemble Anne, Wentworth, Lady Russell, Louisa, and Captain Benwick. I loved how this story wasn’t an exact scene-for-scene modernization of Persuasion! Yes, we saw some familiar incidents, themes and exchanges, but the story was very much its own.