Undue Influence: A Persuasion Retelling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This contemporary re-imagining of Jane Austen’s Persuasion was impossible to put down. I will admit, I’ve never read Persuasion so I checked out the Wikipedia article beforehand. I’m glad I did because I gained a better appreciation for Holiday’s story.

Adam (Anne) is the sweetest, most sensitive character, and I loved him. Freddy (Frederick) is also sweet, more so when it comes to Adam. The reader learns piece by piece of the couple’s meeting and courtship, and eventual parting. Circumstances throw these two together after years apart, and I was rooting for them with every fiber of my being. Freddy’s gentle, caring nature for Adam is so well-written, even the coldest of hearts will defrost. Every page clearly conveys that Adam and Freddy are meant to be together.

Toward the end, I missed Mr. Collins. I wonder what happened to him as he’s not mentioned after about halfway through.

Even if you have not read Persuasion, you’ll still enjoy this slow burn, second chance love story.

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