Review: Persuade Me – Juliet Archer

Series: Darcy and Friends #2
Genre: Jane Austen variation
Pages: 341
Published: September 15, 2011
Publisher: Choc Lit
Source. For review

The second in Juliet Archer’s Darcy & Friends series. When do you let your heart rule your head? As far as men are concerned, Anna Elliot is stuck in the past. No one can compare to Rick Wentworth, the man she was persuaded to give up eight years ago. Meanwhile, Rick’s moved on – and up. He’s got a successful career and a carefully controlled love life where his heart doesn’t get a look in. The words ‘forgive and forget’ aren’t in Rick’s vocabulary. The word ‘regret’ is definitely in Anna’s. When they meet again, can she persuade him that their lost love is worth a second chance?

My thoughts:
You all know I love Pride and Prejudice variations and for a long time I loved that book the most. But then I watched Persuasion and after some time I found that this was the story I now loved the most because it spoke to me. And therefore I was thrilled to read a variation.
Yes, a series, but here you truly do not need to worry since this is a variation and we just hear that Rick knows Darcy and that is it.
Since this is a contemporary version it is slightly different but the story is still the same, as are the feelings. Rick and Anna met and fell in love but her family kept them apart and now he is back and he is famous for his book Sex and the sea. The book is not as sexy as it sounds but the publisher made it so. He still gets entangled with Lou who then gets hurt in Lyme, Anna’s cousin still shows up and with hidden agendas, her dad is still a pompous ass (here he is actually worse than ever since this is the modern age and he lives in the past), her sisters are still idiots. Yes poor Anna, she does not have it easy and she is as sweet and loving as ever.
This was a lovely re-telling, it has that feeling that Persuasion has. Which is not Austen’s happiest book. There are bitter feelings brewing underneath and Anna feels that she has lost him forever. And that is why I like this story because they are just so very human, and I love a good story where the couple find their way back to each other and forgive and forget.
Archer manages well in creating a modern setting for this story and bringing these people in to our era and putting a spin on certain events and things going on. An enjoyable book with a couple you will always root for.
I liked it and it did make me so very curious about the first book since that is Emma. I am also happy to announce that she is writing more. Yay, more modern re-tellings.
Note from me:

(I totally forgot about my flash!Will write one tomorrow.)


25 thoughts on “Review: Persuade Me – Juliet Archer

  1. Missie says:

    What!!! No way. OMG! Persuasion is my FAVORITE Austen novel. It spoke to me the most too! I've never even considered reading variations for it though. I'd definitely like to try one.

  2. Jenny says:

    I haven't read Persuasion. In fact, the only Austen I've read is Pride & Prejudice. I fail. I like that they're are going to be more retellings though!

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    AnaI am bad!Lol, it was more, work all day, then going to my parents and getting home, finishing the last pages of my book, writing a review and ooops, flash forgotten and no time left. I never learn to write it beforeKristiGood 😀 I do not like to spoil things. even if we all now how this book will end, awwwwLeontineI have never even read Persuasion *hides in shame* I did watch the movies thoughChrisI have read two of his book. I love his quirky style

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    MissieThere are not many around. I know about this one..and, 2 others. Sure they are more perhaps but the PP ones are sure taking over. And Persuasion, love! It was the second time I saw it when I fell and just loved itMelissaIf not today then tomorrow 🙂 Going to bf's brothers engament party soon.yes I am, I am quite addicted you knowNaidaThe story is just so, oh you know since you loved it too 😀 And that letters he writes. It burns my soulAurianHm, hard to say since I do know. But sure if Persuasion did not excist then yes

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    AmusedI am glad you do!CarrieLol, it sounds funnyJennyI have only read PP too, oh and Northanger Abbey. So you are not alone ;)AlexisI have been on a roll lately. But then I am careful and only read those I want to readCherryI do think it would do the trick then

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    vivienneI sure do, they are the best because, oh I do not know, perhaps cos I know for sure how it will endDianaLol, yes ;)StephI did watch it…hm, it was some time ago and I can't realyl remember much anymmore :(JennyI hope you will

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