Daphne’s Classics Retold – Persuasion by Jane Austen – Intro Post


Welcome to my intro post for the CLASSICS RETOLD project! There are five different blogs co-hosting this event which focuses on reading a specific classic along with various retellings/spin-offs.

The five different blogs co-hosting this event, each with a different era or focus:

I’ve signed up the mythology portion of this project, so I signed up with Charlene @ Bookish Whimsey for  Persuasion by Jane Austen.

There aren’t A LOT of reinterpretations of this book, not like Pride and Prejudice, but I found a couple that fit the bill. Plus, there’s at least one movie (which I’ve seen before, years ago).

So, these are the books I intend to read:


Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen’s most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne’s family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?

Persuaded (The Jane Austen Diaries, #3)

Will he take her back, or fling her aside like she deserves?
Three years ago Amanda made the biggest mistake of her life when she let her friends persuade her to reject the guy she loved. They were convinced he was a loser and wasn’t good enough for her.
Now Gregory’s back in Farmington . . . taller, stronger, hotter than ever, and worth millions. Those gorgeous girls who snubbed him before are now falling at his feet and he’s enjoying every moment of it.
Can he see past the pain Amanda caused him and give her a second chance? Or will she forever regret losing the only guy who truly loved her?

The Family Fortune

Jane Fortune’s fortunes have taken a downturn. Thanks to the profligate habits of her father and older sister, the family’s money has evaporated and Jane has to move out of the only home she’s ever known: a stately brick town house on Boston’s prestigious Beacon Hill. Thirty-eight and terminally single, Jane has never pursued idle pleasures like her sibling and father. Instead, she has devoted her time to running the Fortune Family Foundation, a revered philanthropic institution that has helped spark the careers of many a budding writer, including Max Wellman, Jane’s first–and only–love.
Now Jane has lost her luster. Max, meanwhile, has become a bestselling novelist and a renowned literary lothario. But change is afoot. And in the process of saving her family and reigniting the flames of true love, Jane might just find herself becoming the woman she was always meant to be.

And I want to watch at least one movie:

Persuasion (1995) Poster

1995 version starring Amanda Root & Ciaran Hinds

2007 TV version starring Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones


5 thoughts on “Daphne’s Classics Retold – Persuasion by Jane Austen – Intro Post

  1. Candice May 23, 2013 at 8:56 am Reply

    Are you just reading adult books? If not, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a retelling of this one too! I just finished it the other day and now REALLLLY want to read Persuasion! Hope you enjoy all of these and can’t wait to see what you think about them!

    • Gone Pecan May 23, 2013 at 8:57 am Reply

      Oh Daph that book was beautiful! You’d love it.

    • Daphne May 23, 2013 at 9:12 am Reply

      no, i didn’t know that, but i’ll add it to the list. love Diana Peterfreund.

  2. Alice in Readerland May 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm Reply

    Glad to see you’ll be reading Persuaded and The Family Fortune! 🙂 I’m excited to see your reviews, I especially like the sound of The Family Fortune!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    • Daphne May 25, 2013 at 7:48 am Reply

      Thanks for letting me know abt them 🙂

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