A review by sharonleavy
Persuading Austen, by Brigid Coady


This is based on Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Annie Elliot is a TV producer, and has wound up being responsible for the welfare of her father and sister after her mother died. Her family are all involved in showbiz in one way or another. Annie gets a huge opportunity that could mean a big break for her small company - a major producing role in an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. There's only one issue - Austen Wentworth, the new Mr. Darcy, is the man Annie left behind 8 years before in order to look after her family.

Throw in a creepy cousin, a mole on set, money issues and - eh- ponies, and Annie has to decide once and for all if she's strong enough to finally follow her own dream.

I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved Annie and I loved that her whole success or failure didn't depend on a man. She needed to grow and find a voice, and I was rooting for her the whole way. While I hadn't read Persuasion, a quick glance at the blurb suggests that fans of the novel might like this if they like adaptations.

I read this curled up on the couch with the rain lashing on the window - absolutely perfect. A sweet read with depth and charm.

Thanks to HQ Digital on NetGalley for granting me approval to read a digital copy. This in no way influences my review (have a click on my review-copy shelf if you don't believe me).

I'll be looking out for this author again.