Aug 132018

Can You Be Persuaded To Like Elizabeth Elliot?


Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Having read and utterly adored one series about Elizabeth Elliot, I was thrilled to see Melanie Stanford released a sequel novella to her clever modern adaptation of Persuasion, Sway that spotlights Elizabeth Elliot. (Side Note: Persuasion fans should definitely read Sway if they haven’t already – it is a wonderful adaptation of Jane Austen’s work that is fresh, creative, and filled with music!)

In this sequel, we meet up with Elizabeth who is running her own party planning business called Excessively Diverted (love it!), which isn’t exactly in the black quite yet. Of course, it doesn’t help that Elizabeth still goes to the spa weekly and must buy the latest designer handbag! While supervising the success of one her expertly planned parties, Elizabeth has the misfortune to overhear someone insulting her party (sounds like someone is about to make a spectacular first impression!) And being bold as brass, Elizabeth confronts this rude guest, who turns out to be Antonio Reyes, a wealthy CEO. Antonio has no problem clashing horns with Elizabeth at her party, but the next day he feels something like regret when he discovers that Elizabeth is the party planner his daughter wants him to hire for her Sweet Sixteen! Yikes! And even though Elizabeth loathes the ill-manner, arrogant jerk entirely, she might be persuaded to take him on as a client because she is in need of some funds to pay her mounting bills… Continue reading »

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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