Jan 222016

SwayJane Austen’s Persuasion Infused with Melody and Lyrics

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

In her debut novel, Melanie Stanford has creatively updated Jane Austen’s Persuasion in modern-day California. The reincarnations and modernizations of these characters were very thoughtfully developed:

  • Ava Elliot is a classical pianist who is just returning home after studying music at Julliard for eight years
  • Walter Elliot is a former soap actor very concerned about maintaining his youthful good looks
  • Beth Elliot is Ava’s haughty older sister whom like her father, has bad a habit of overspending
  • The Elliots are retrenching to their Malibu home while renting Kellynch Mansion to some tenants
  • The Crofts are a semi-retired couple that is well-off due to Richard Croft’s career in music production
  • Eric Wentworth, Sophia Croft’s talented younger brother and Ava’s former fiancé, is a huge success in the music world and just recently finished a big tour

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