Sep 252011
One Lives in Regret, The Other Never Forgets

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Dr. Rick Wentworth, a successful marine biologist/celebrity author, is preparing for his extensive seven-week book tour in England, with a book provocatively titled, Sex in the Sea. With a flourishing career, a modest amount of wealth and popularity, a supermodel girlfriend, and a very attractive physique, it would seem Rick has everything he has ever wanted. But he doesn’t. He doesn’t have Anna Elliot, who was persuaded by her family to give him up ten years ago and whose rejection still haunts him all these years later. Since Anna’s rejection of him, Rick has let disappointment and resentment rule his heart, living by the motto “never forgive, never forget.” Now returning to England, Rick wonders if their paths will cross, and if Anna Elliot will feel something like regret for giving up on the love they once had…

Anna Elliot, a professor of Russian Literature does know regret. In fact when she lectures about Anna Karenina and how she gave up everything for her lover, Anna Elliot feels deep regret for not doing the same ten years ago. Instead of following her lover, Anna went to university, finished her studies and became a professor of Russian Literature. Anna has learned to be content with her simple and comfortable life, yet deep in her heart she yearns to travel back in time, to the summer when she was eighteen and hopelessly in love with Rick Wentworth.

How I LOVE these novels by Juliet Archer! Her skillful and stellar retellings are some of my most favorite contemporary Austenesque novels! I love how she tells the story from both the hero and heroine’s perspective, she did this in both The Importance of Being Emma and Persuade Me. I feel it adds so much to the story to know what both characters are thinking and feeling, and I vastly enjoyed my time in Rick Wentworth’s head! In addition, I greatly admire how carefully and creatively Ms. Archer reinvents the characters to fit modern times. Although she alters their occupations and situations, Ms. Archer keeps her characters’ personalities and behaviors true to the originals. Readers will be pleased to see that their favorite characters like Mary Musgrove, Mrs. Clay, and Sir Walter are all very accurately portrayed!

As I did with The Importance of Being Emma, I took great pleasure in the surprising twists Ms. Archer included in her story. I thought it was a great twist that Rick had a supermodel girlfriend and enjoyed how it impacted Anna’s thoughts of him. Moreover, I liked the twist about Charles Musgrove and his lingering feelings for Anna, which added some extra tension and conflict to the story!

Ms. Archer continues her magnificent Darcy and Friends Series with an engaging and well-written tale that captures the essence of Jane Austen’s Persuasion beautifully! I highly recommend both novels, Persuade Me and The Importance of Being Emma to anyone who enjoys contemporary Austen-Inspired literature! I greatly admire Ms. Archer’s work and cannot wait for her next installment in this series! I wonder who the hero will be: Mr. Ferrars, Mr. Bertram, Mr. Tilney, or Mr. Darcy?

Darcy and Friends Series
Book 1 – The Importance of Being Emma (Jane Austen’s Emma)
Published – December 2008
Characters – Emma Woodhouse and Mark Knightley
Book 2 – Persaude Me (Jane Austen’s Persuasion)
Published – September 2011
Characters – Anna Elliot and Rick Wentworth
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  6 Responses to “Persuade Me – Juliet Archer”


    Looks like a wonderful story! I love these side stories off the originals… just can’t seem to get enough of them! Definitely putting this on my to-read list 🙂


    I loved the Importance of Being Emma. Cannot wait to read this as well!


    I would so love to read this! Sounds fascinating!


    * adds to TBR pile *


    Meredith, what a wonderful review – thank you!


    I read “Persuade me”, and I LOVED it, too. It is definitely one of my favourite book, and not only among Jane Austen related ones. This modern Anna is wonderful, but in general I liked every characters, and the twist about Charles, as you wrote.
    Thanks for the review; bye 🙂

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