Thursday, February 9, 2012

Blog Tour: Persuasion by Rebecca H. Jamison

Welcome to the blog tour for Persuasion: A Latter-Day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison!




When Anne broke off her engagement seven years ago, she thought she’d never see Neil Wentworth again. But when Neil’s brother buys the house she grew up in, it seems fate has other plans in store. Anne is unprepared for the roller coaster of emotions that come when Neil returns and starts dating her younger friend.

Convinced that Neil could no longer have strong feelings for her, Anne pushes away all thoughts of the past. But when the handsome man she’s been dating decides he can’t live without her, Anne must come to terms with her past.

Fans of Jane Austen’s
Persuasion will enjoy this modern version of her most romantic story.


Price: $15.99
Number of pages: 240 pages
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Bonneville Books (Cedar Fort)
Release Date: Feb 7, 2012






Rebecca Jamison enjoys running, dancing, making jewelry, reading, and watching chick flicks. Rebecca grew up in Vienna, Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, earning a BA and MA in English. In between college and grad school, she served a mission to Portugal and the Cape Verde islands. Rebecca now lives with her husband and children in Utah. You can learn more about her at www.rebeccahjamison.com


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Review:

Anne has some big adjustments to make. Her dad is having to move out of her childhood home, and Anne is given the task of selling some things. When she sees who is interested in buying the house, Anne is in for a shock. It's her former fiance Neil's brother. Anne wasn't prepared for this part of her past to come back to haunt her. Soon Anne discovers that old flames are very hard to forget, but she must because Neil is currently otherwise occupied (and a bit bitter about the past). The more Anne tries to move on though, the closer she becomes with Neil. Can things ever work out between them?


I was immediately absorbed in this book, and I absolutely loved it! It has that classical feel, and you can see the influence that the Austen source material has on it. This book was able to be romantic without making me cringe. I think that is somewhat due to the Austen influence, but a large part of that is also due to the author's ability to keep things from becoming too syrupy. It's what I'd like to call a more "realistic" romance. I thought Anne and Neil were fantastic characters. They were a good balance for each other. Anne's family was delightfully wacky in many ways. I particularly enjoyed her flighty sister Liz. Anne's relationship with Will was handled in a very interesting way. I was actually on the edge of my seat for a bit there trying to see how this was going to be handled.


I find that LDS romances can sometimes feel a little preachy for me, but this book was a great balance between the story and the more "churchy" aspects of the story. The meddling of others in Anne's love life was so real to life. It seems like the older you get, the more people in your ward are interested in who you may or may not be dating if you are still single. This is probably one of my favorite LDS fiction books I've read. It's the kind of book you can curl up with repeatedly. It's a beautiful homage to Jane Austen, and I highly recommend it.


Book provided for review.


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1 comment:

Rebecca H. Jamison said...

Thanks for the review, Lisa. I'm glad you enjoyed the book.