Originally published in December 1817, ‘Persuasion’ is a classic novel about a second chance at love by Jane Austen, an English novelist known mainly for her six prominent novels, which interpret, critique, and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.
Anne Elliot has unwavering integrity. Born to a landed family, she’s observant and clever. When Anne came of age, she accepted a proposal from the enterprising officer Frederick Wentworth. Unfortunately, Wentworth’s mediocre means made him a poor choice for the Elliot family, and Anne was persuaded to call off the engagement. One refused marriage and nearly a decade later, Anne has not forgotten about Wentworth. Little does she know that her fortune is about to change.
When the Elliots make ill-advised investments and lose their money, they are forced to rent out their ancestral home and move to Bath. There, Anne once again meets Wentworth, who is now a captain, in what could be her second and final possibility at love and marriage. Buttressed by the author’s benevolent characterization and thoughtful social commentary, this novel is a must-read for any Jane Austen fan.