Tuesday, September 6, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Persuade Me by Juliet Archer

When do you let your heart rule your head? 

When it comes to love, Anna Elliot is stuck in the past. No one can compare to Rick Wentworth, the man she gave up ten years ago at the insistence of her disapproving family. What if she’s missed her only chance for real happiness?

Since Anna broke his heart, Rick has moved on – or so he thinks. Out in Australia, he’s worked hard to build a successful career – and a solid wall around his feelings. 

The words ‘forgive and forget’ aren’t in Rick's vocabulary. The word ‘regret’ is definitely in Anna’s. So, when they meet again on his book tour of England, it’s an opportunity for closure. 

But memories intrude – the pure sensuality of what they once shared, the pain of parting … And she has to deal with another man from her past, while his celebrity status makes him the focus of unwanted attention.

With Anna’s image-obsessed family still ready to interfere and Rick poised to return to Australia, can she persuade him to risk his heart again?

This is Juliet's second novel in the Darcy and Friends series. It is based on Jane Austen's, Persuasion. This is the first time I have ever read a modern take on Jane Austen's work and as I haven't read Persuasion I was uncertain how this would effect my reading enjoyment. I'm glad to say it didn't and instead it has fueled my interest to read Persuasion to see how the two compare.

Anna breaks Rick's heart when she decides (under heavy influence from her family) to continue with her place at Oxford University rather than travelling with Rick to Australia. We find them, ten years later and Rick is travelling the UK for a book tour. When they meet again, Anna is in a dressing gown looking slightly bedraggled and looking after her nephew. Those feelings are not immediately re-ignited and it takes them both time to discover their feelings and a few mishaps, particularly involving Anna's family, before they are able to decide where their futures lie.

This was delightful and not being aware of the original story does not take away from this enjoyable read. It is one I have to recommend. 

To pre-order, check out Juliet Archer's page on the Choc Lit website.


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