Nov 212012

Was Jane Austen’s PersuasionInspired by Real-Life Events?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

What if Jane Austen’s Persuasion was more autobiographical than fiction? What if Miss Austen’s poignant and powerful novel of lost love and second chances was in some part taken from her own life’s experience? Except that in her novel…she wrote the happy ending she knew she would never have…

Finding magical white gloves that transports her to Regency Bath in the year 1802,discovering her ancestors used to live next door to the Austen family in Sydney Place, meeting Jane Austen in the flesh, falling in love with one of her brothers – it seems like modern-day heroine, Sophie Elliot, has just hit the Janeite Jackpot! And after recently discovering that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her friend and finding no success in securing a job for herself, poor Sophie deserves such good fortune! Although she travels to Bath for inspiration and consolation, what Sophie finds is adventure, romance, and some strange time travel phenomenon!

Emotional, expressive, and enthralling – Searching for Captain Wentworth is quite unlike anything I’ve read before! With multiple romances, dual realities, and many hidden parallels and nods to Jane Austen’s Persuasion, this novel had me entranced. It was unpredictable; I found myself torn and undecided about the two men in Sophie’s life. In addition, like Sophie, I became embroiled in the past and the mysteries uncovered there; feeling all her eagerness and excitement at discovering what Jane Austen was doing and experiencing during those “silent Bath years.” Not wanting to give away all the delicious surprises and revelations to be divulged in this novel, I’ll just make a quick mention that I found the resolution to be profoundly satisfying, inspiring me to feel something akin to what Meg Ryan felt at the end of You’ve Got Mail – “I wanted it to be you, I wanted it to be you so badly…”

Ending scene of You’ve Got Mail.  One of my favorites!

One aspect of Jane Odiwe’s writing that brilliantly shines through in this novel is her keen artistic eye. As some as you may know, Ms. Odiwe is not just a talented author, but a gifted artist as well!* In Searching for Captain Wentworth, Ms. Odiwe’s descriptive and vivid narrative filled my head with distinct and tangible sights, sounds, and scenes. Whether she is writing about rain in modern-day Bath, illustrating the blossoming verdure of Sydney Gardens, or describing the physical attributes of the handsome Charles Austen, Ms. Odiwe utilizes such eloquent and sensatory language that readers will feel they are inside the story, experiencing and observing it all firsthand.

Jane Austen at Her Desk by Jane Odiwe

To close, I felt it might prove useful to leave readers with this questionnaire:

– Do you enjoy Austenesque novels inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion?

– Do you enjoy Austenesque novels that have Jane Austen as a main character?

– Would you like to read a fictional take on Jane Austen’s mysteriously “silent Bath years?”

– Do you enjoy novels where the romance is unpredictable and not cliché?

– Do you want to visit to Regency Bath and Lyme Regis?

– Do you ever wish you could travel to Jane Austen’s time?

If you’ve answered yes to at least ONEof the questions above, then you need to get a copy of Searching for Captain Wentworth in your hands, pronto! Sumptuous, vibrant, and utterly charming! I highly recommend!

*Ms. Odiwe’s lovely artwork and illustrations can be viewed at Austen Effusions.

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  5 Responses to “Searching for Captain Wentworth – Jane Odiwe”


    I just finished SEARCHING FOR CPT WENTWORTH…I loved it…it is now my favorite…I also liked Mr Darcys Secret and Willoughby’s Return…
    Stephanie Carrico


    Great review, Meredith! I LOVED Searching for Captain Wentworth! I have enjoyed all of Jane’s lovely books but this one is definitely my favorite. It was wonderful!!=)


    Thank you, Meredith, for this wonderful review! Stephanie and Kelli, I appreciate your kind comments very much-thank you for all your support!


    I don’t think I’ve read anything with Jane Austen as a main character. But I love Persuasion and I’m curious about Jane’s years in Bath. Your review has convinced me to add Searching for Captain Wentworth to my to-read list. Thank you!


    Great review, Meredith! This looks like a book I would love.

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