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by Regina Jeffers

Captain Wentworth's Persuasion: Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes download ebook
ISBN:
1569757763
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978-1569757765
Author:
Regina Jeffers
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Ulysses Press (March 23, 2010)
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The love affair behind Jane Austen’s classic, Persuasion, rests at the heart of this retelling from Captain Frederick Wentworth’s point of view

The love affair behind Jane Austen’s classic, Persuasion, rests at the heart of this retelling from Captain Frederick Wentworth’s point of view.

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

The love affair behind Jane Austen's classic.

The love affair behind Jane Austen's classic.

Jane Austen fans never tire of the author's beloved characters and have shown they enjoy .

Jane Austen fans never tire of the author's beloved characters and have shown they enjoy novels that turn the story upside down by reversing the narrative. In this retelling of Persuasion, readers get Captain Wentworth's side of the story along with love, rejection, revenge and redemption. Captain Wentworth's Persuasion.

Entirely retold through his eyes via flashbacks and expanded sequences in the present, we are offered the same classic love story, but from an entirely new perspective. Frederick Wentworth and Anne Elliot were engaged once upon a time. Anne was persuaded not to marry him due to his low standing in society and his lack of fortune. With Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion, the entire story is infused with new life due to the strong characterizations that Ms. Jeffers writes.

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

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.

Regina Jeffers writes historical romances, paranormal romances, fiction romances, and many other fiction books. Captain Frederick Wentworth's Persuasion: Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes by Regina Jeffers. She is a finalist for the 2010 Bookseller Best Award. Pride & Prejudice Movie Merry Jane Becoming Jane Elizabeth Bennet Mr Darcy Historical Fiction I Love Books Winchester Book Lists.

Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes.

Disclaimer: This is not a new title. Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes.

When I came across Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion by Regina Jeffers, I couldn’t resist reading

When I came across Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion by Regina Jeffers, I couldn’t resist reading. I was curious when I read the title and then the blurb: The love affair behind Jane Austen's classic, Persuasion, rests at the heart of this retelling from Captain Frederick Wentworth's point of view.

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?
Reviews:
  • Amhirishes
If you love "Persuasion" I think you'll like this book which remains true to the original but tells the story from Captain Wentworth's point of view. This version includes the Captain's first courtship of Anne Elliot and explains why he fell in love with her in the first place. The original only gives us a very general description of their courtship and their separation so it was interesting to explore this aspect of their relationship. When we meet Anne in "Persuasion", she's older and more sure of herself and her place in her world. In this telling, we see her as a very young girl who is more impetuous and open but also more subject to the influence of others. Anne says she has given him up not because she doesn't love him but because she has become convinced that she'll only stand in the way of his naval career. Ironically, for Wentworth, she alone is the purpose for his succeeding in his career.
Wentworth tries his best to forget his love for Anne as he fights naval battles and earns the prize money that will make him a rich man. When he returns to the neighborhood and encounters Anne, he is almost immediately drawn to her, but he's still a little hurt and angry from his first rejection. Quickly, he falls in love again. Common sense, kindness and courage are qualities he holds in high regard and she has all of these and more. At first he thinks he has no chance but finally he begins to have hope the she might still hold deep feelings for him.
Most of this story was told in flashback as Wentworth is recovering from a battle injury and Anne, who has been traveling with him, is nursing him back to health. This flashback style allows us to see what the original "Persuasion" only hints at -- that their happiness and compatibility only increased after their married life together began.
  • Sagda
I very much liked this book by an author I equally like. In this book, the story starts with the Wentworths at sea and about to capture a ship that is coming to the aid of Bonaparte who has escaped and ignited another war. In the ensuing capture of the vessel, Captain Wentworth is shot at and seriously wounded.
During his lengthy recuperation, Wentworth dreams about how he met and lost Anne only to meet her again years later. Still unmarried and seen only as an unmarried sister and daughter, she has become a glorified maid, nurse, and other roles the family want her to assume. Through determination and perseverance, he finally wins her hand and marries her. Only three days later she goes with him as he reports to duty and captains a ship in wartime. Anne nurses him as he drifts between past and present. Finally recovered, he is determined to provide a home and estate worthy of his wife. Over the course of a few months, events that he could not have foreseen, enable him to do that and much more. Last seen, he was counting his many blessings and showing Anne just how much he loved her.
Any fan of Jane Austen will like this take on her book being retold through the eyes of Captain Wentworth. Any reader of the other books written by this author should enjoy it as will those who enjoy Regencies. I often reread this book.
  • Micelhorav
Originally published as Wayward Love: Captain Frederick Wentworth's Story in 2009, Captain Wentworth's Persuasion by Regina Jeffers is an in-depth and comprehensive account of Persuasion retold through the eyes of Captain Wentworth. This novel is uniquely and beautifully rendered through a series of flashbacks that portray what happened in Jane Austen's Persuasion as well as depict scenes we did not see happen, such as Anne and Wentworth's courtship and first meeting. Furthermore, Ms. Jeffers takes us beyond the time-line of Persuasion by closing her novel well after Anne and Wentworth's marriage, providing the reader with a glimpse of their happy and blissful life together.

In this romantic and tender retelling Ms. Jeffers aptly illustrates many themes from Persuasion such as social class, family, and persuasion; the theme she primarily focuses on is love and marrying for love. Reading this novel is an engaging and emotional journey where the readers will witness all the sorrowful and joyful moments of Anne and Wentworth's relationship. I was able to feel just how ardently Captain Wentworth loved Anne and observe the shift of his emotions as he went from bitter and proud, to aware and determined, to tortured and jealous.

I found Captain Wentworth's Persuasion to be a delightful and endearing novel. I loved how all the characters were accurately and reverently portrayed; Mary Musgrove still had her imaginary complaints, Sir Walter was as self-involved and pompous as ever, etc. In addition, I took pleasure in Ms. Jeffers's fleshed-out depiction of Captain Wentworth's brother, Edward. and I loved seeing the close and companionable relationship between the two of them. One of my favorite aspects of this novel is how Ms. Jeffers cleverly and capably included Jane Austen's canceled chapter of Persuasion as well as her rewritten ending. Since the story was told through a series of flashbacks the canceled chapter was inserted as one of Captain Wentworth's dreams. In this sequence, Ms. Jeffers displays her skillfulness as a writer and her excellent knowledge of Jane Austen.

Another aspect I loved was how Ms. Jeffers included various poem excerpts as epigraphs for each chapter. I took pleasure in seeing these excerpts mirror and evoke the sentiments and emotions of the chapter that followed. All Ms. Jeffers's epigraphs were well-chosen, moving, and a lovely enhancement to the story. One of my favorite epigraphs was "When We Two Parted" by Lord Byron which I found very apropos for Anne and Wentworth.

While it is true that all our beloved and favorite characters were accurately rendered in this novel, there was one scene that made me raise my eyebrows a little. The scene is one where Anne boldly and defiantly asserts herself to her father and Lady Russell. Although I can see Anne growing in confidence and developing a backbone, it seemed like too sudden a change of character in this instance.

Having finally read one of Regina Jeffers's Austenesque novels, I can enthusiastically and emphatically say it will not be my last! I look forward to exploring the other novels this author has penned since I have greatly enjoyed her vivid and romantic story-telling and admirable renderings of Austen's characters. This novel is a fantastic choice for fans of Persuasion and Captain Wentworth and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a very tender and romantic Austen retelling to enjoy!

Austenesque Reviews
  • ℓo√ﻉ
This re-telling of Persuasion from Frederick's point of view was a great read up to the point where Austen's original ended. I won't give away any of the story in this review but will assume whoever is reading this has read Persuasion. The issue I have is with how Frederick's character was written. The after-story was a little contrived but my main criticism is that Frederick wasn't "manly" enough when it came to his dialogue with Anne. Yes, he was a man in love and totally devoted to her, but you can tell this story was written by a woman who gives him the words and feelings that a woman would want a man to have, but that most men don't. Would I recommend it? If you can get past the gushiness and enjoy the story, then sure. It's a quick entertaining read.