Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My Persuasion (Austen in Love #3) by Jenni James {Review}

My Persuasion (Austen in Love #3) by Jenni James
Kindle Edition, 107 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Trifecta Books


When Caroline Bingley broke off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth seven years ago, she realized she’d made the biggest mistake of her life. When he shows up again, she knows she doesn’t deserve him, but it doesn’t stop her from wishing things were different.

The last thing Rick wants is to get caught up in Caroline drama again—one broken heart was enough. To prove he’s over her, he starts to date her sister, Louisa. Unfortunately, the plan backfires as he finds himself closer to Caroline than ever before, and he has to admit, he’s never really gotten over her.

This modern, tangled retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion is a fun, clean romance with witty dialogue and forgiving hearts.


My Review: 4 Stars

I had to laugh at myself because I love Jane Austen and I love retellings of her books, but I sometimes wish the characters would learn a few lessons and make different/better choices. This story brings us a modern version of Persuasion, where Caroline and Frederick are "reunited." When is that guy going to get a clue that he can't take revenge on her by dating her sister?! And when is Caroline going to develop a backbone and stand up to her spoiled rotten family?! And will they ever realize that as much as they try to deny it, true love won't ever die?! Okay, rant over.

This is a fun, sweet, and clean version, which is greatly appreciated, as it added an entertaining diversion to a cold, wintry day. I loved the tweaks this author put into the story, giving it a slightly fresh feel (hello beach!), while maintaining the basic structure of the classic. The characters are great, but I would have loved to see a little more development--the ending felt just a tad bit rushed and I wanted to feel a little more of the chemistry.

All in all, this is a short romp through a beloved classic that made me feel happy, and that's a good thing.

Content: mild romance; very mild moment of peril.

*I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.*


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About the Author:

Jenni James

Jenni James is the busy mother of ten kids (7 hers, 3 her hubby's) and has nearly thirty published book babies. She's an award-winning, best-selling author, who works full-time from home and dreams about magical things and then writes about what she dreams.

Even though she was born in Arizona, went to high school in New Mexico--and loves Mexican food more than anything--she lived so many years in England that when she and her children finally returned home she couldn't for the life of her remember how to speak truly American anymore. She gets teased relentlessly on her British accent and connotations--and there are sometimes altogether where she only speaks like a true Englishman for several hours at time without having any idea until someone points it out. Hence the relentless teasing.

Oddly however, when she returns to Britain and no one can tell she's American, she doesn't mind it one bit. The weather, the rolling green hills, the incredible architecture, the immaculate cottage gardens, the memories, the many lifelong friends and houses and villages she's lived in, the balls/galas/parties she hosted while she was there... it's all a second home to her now and a place that has always and will always capture her heart.

Some of her works include The Jane Austen Diaries (Pride & Popularity, Emmalee, Persuaded...), The Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection (Cinderella, Snow White, Rumplestiltskin, Beauty and the Beast...), the Andy & Annie series for children, Revitalizing Jane: Drowning, My Paranormal Life, Not Cinderella's Type, and the Austen in Love Series.

When she isn't writing up a storm, she is chasing her kids around their new cottage and farm in the tops of the southwestern mountains, entertaining friends at home, or kissing her amazingly hunky hubby. Her life is full of laughter, crazy, and sunshine.

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