Book Review of Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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This is one of my favorite Jane Austen books. This has to be one of the most amazing love stories in literature. You cannot call yourself a well read person if you have not read Persuasion by Jane Austen.

When the story begins, the heroine has been persuaded by a family friend to turn down the hero's offer of marriage for he is not as wealthy or as well connected as her family wanted for her. They are parted for eight years. She regrets being persuaded to refuse his marriage proposal. He returns eight years later as a Captain in the Royal Navy. He's now a wealthy, sought after bachelor. The story begins here. Upon his return, there is amazing tension between the two. The famous note he gives her is one of the sweetest declarations of love that I've come across in literature. Captain Wentworth declaration of love is written so differently from the declarations of love by other heroes in Austen's books. Austen's other heroes don't have the same intensity or passion that Wentworth has. One can see that this final book by Jane Austen is a more nuanced look at love from a mature author.