Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Gift from Mom
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Persuasion Modern-day Adaptation
SETTING: Tupelo, Mississippi present-day
SERIES: Jane Austen Takes the South
MAIN CHARACTERS: Lucy Crawford (curator at the Civil War Interpretive Center – Anne), Jeremiah Chevy (new doctor at the Free Clinic of Tupelo – Wentworth), Dr. Stroud and his wife Theresa (the Crofts), Aunt Olympia (Lady Russell)
WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:
- Not a native southerner, but after living here 12 years, I find my soul loves the south!
- I enjoyed the first two books of this series – Book 1 and Book 2
- I can never get enough Persuasion-inspired stories!
WHAT I LOVED:
- Wentworth: I’ll just go ahead and say it – sometimes I don’t like Wentworth characters. *gasp* Typically in the first half of the book, Wentworth is portrayed as bitter, resentful, and a little mean – like when he delivers some zingers or acts flirtatiously on purpose in front of Anne. In this adaptation, Ms. Hathaway focused more on Jeremiah’s hurt and feelings of rejection than his resentment and bitterness. In his thoughts we don’t see spite or hurt pride, we see undiminished and inescapable love although Jeremiah wishes it were otherwise.