Captain Wentworth's Persuasion: Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes

Witty, romantic and insightful, this novel retells the love affair at the heart of Jane Austen's Persuasion from the perspective of the suitor--Captain Wentworth. Written in the language of the era, Captain Wentworth's Persuasion re-creates the original style, themes and sardonic humor of Jane Austen's novel while turning the entire tale on its head in a most engaging fashion. Readers hear Captain Wentworth's side of this tangled story while gazing into his thoughts and emotions.

Wentworth initially suffers rejection and frustration because the titled Elliots do not consider him good enough for their daughter Anne. Despite her feelings for Wentworth, Anne allows others to persuade her to break off their engagement. Eight years later, when Wentworth returns from fighting against Napoleon's army, the difficult years of war have reversed fortunes. Now it is he who is rich, having won many prizes in battle, while the Elliots are deeply in debt and in danger of losing their good name.

Will Wentworth seek revenge by choosing another woman over his former love? Can he walk away from Anne, or will the memory of her lips and her touch capture his love once again?

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By Sarah (Minneapolis, MN) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 15, 2010
It reads more like a cheesy romance novel than anything, but I knew that when I picked it up. However, I found myself laughing and rolling my eyes at the professions of love repeated on just about every page from both Captain Wentworth and Anne. It was just excessive. And towards the end of the b... ...more
By Bry (New York, NY) · ★★★★☆ · May 30, 2010
Overall 3.5 stars

I did enjoy this book a lot. I really liked the interweaving of the scenes from the present, past and future. It really proved that their romance stood the test of time.

I also loved that Jeffer's included the 'original ending' penned by JA as a dream of Wentworths! (These pages... ...more
By Sarah · ★★★☆☆ · April 02, 2013
Persuasion is possibly my favorite Austen novel, and despite the abundance of Pride and Prejudice sequels, reimaginings and modern remakes (of which I own far too many), I was very excited to read this retelling of Persuasion instead.

Like all Austen-inspired works, I try to judge them on their ow... ...more
By Laura (Boulder, CO) · ★★☆☆☆ · January 07, 2014
If the author had stopped after the first half of the book, I could have given this 4 stars. The first half of the book parallel's Austen's Persuasion, but from Wentworth's point of view. I thought it was very well done, engaging, and interesting; I couldn't put the book down for this part. After... ...more
By Epistretes (The United Kingdom) · ★☆☆☆☆ · March 22, 2015
Utterly terrible. This book requires a proof reader and an editor very badly. The author uses vernacular that is inconsistent with the era, re-writes whole chunks of the original to suit their lesser plot, plonks in whole chunks of conversation and description but attributed to different characte... ...more
By Shawn · ★★☆☆☆ · October 25, 2010
I've enjoyed "story-after-the-story" books on Jane Austen's classics, and I've read more than my share of diaries Mr. Darcy left laying around. So, I thought I might enjoy Persuasion from Captain Wentworth's perspective.

I believe the problem I had with this telling is that the author took the sto... ...more