Persuade Me

Persuade Me

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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,

Overview

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 contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s last completed novel is the second book in Juliet Archer’s Darcy & Friends series, offering fresh insights into the hearts and minds of Austen’s irresistible heroes.

REVIEWS

"I recommend Persuade MeandThe Importance of Being Emmato anyone who enjoys contemporary Austen-Inspired literature! I greatly admire Ms. Archer's work and cannot wait for her next installment in this series! I wonder who the hero will be: Mr. Ferrars, Mr. Bertram, Mr. Tilney, or Mr. Darcy?"
Austenesque Review

"It was intriguing to see how Juliet Archer made those familiar events take place in such a different context, for example. She often surprised me and her smooth,involving narration kept me interested all the time."
My Jane Austen Book Club

"Once I started Persuade Me, I had a hard time putting it down. I loved Archer’s easy writing style and her appreciation of Austen’s humor when it comes to exaggerated secondary characters, especially in transforming Anne Elliot’s hypochondriac sister, Mary Musgrove, into Anna’s alcoholic sister, Mona, and Mrs. Clay into Cleopatra, a masseuse with a phony French accent. I also enjoyed how she lets readers into the heads of both Anna and Rick, though knowing the innermost thoughts of both lessened the excitement a little bit. . . Archer does a wonderful job adapting Persuasion for a contemporary audience while staying true to Austen’s story of second chances. Her ability to add a modern flair to every event that transpires in Persuasion exemplifies the timelessness of Austen’s novels."
Anna Horner, Austenblog, 2012/04

"Persuade Me by Juliet Archer is the second book in the author's series about Darcy and Friends. In my opinion, this second is very much better. I like the way the author develops characters and weaves the story, set in England and with an Australian lead character around whom the story is built. The book is an easy read and will hold your interest (especially romance lovers) from the first and carry you through to the last page as the doomed love affair struggles along. A perfect lazy day read!"
Bonnie Neely, Amazon Top Reviewer, 2012/08

"An enjoyable retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. It's been cleverly and thoughtfully done and makes for a good read. Recommended."
The Bookbag

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Persuade Me by Juliet Archer is the second book in the author's series about Darcy and Friends. In my opinion, this second is very much better. I like the way the author develops characters and weaves the story, set in England and with an Australian lead character around whom the story is built. The book is an easy read and will hold your interest (especially romance lovers) from the first and carry you through to the last page as the doomed love affair struggles along. A perfect lazy day read!

"Once I started Persuade Me, I had a hard time putting it down. I loved Archer’s easy writing style and her appreciation of Austen’s humor when it comes to exaggerated secondary characters, especially in transforming Anne Elliot’s hypochondriac sister, Mary Musgrove, into Anna’s alcoholic sister, Mona, and Mrs. Clay into Cleopatra, a masseuse with a phony French accent. I also enjoyed how she lets readers into the heads of both Anna and Rick, though knowing the innermost thoughts of both lessened the excitement a little bit. . . Archer does a wonderful job adapting Persuasion for a contemporary audience while staying true to Austen’s story of second chances. Her ability to add a modern flair to every event that transpires in Persuasion exemplifies the timelessness of Austen’s novels."

I recommend Persuade MeandThe Importance of Being Emmato anyone who enjoys contemporary Austen-Inspired literature! I greatly admire Ms. Archer's work and cannot wait for her next installment in this series! I wonder who the hero will be: Mr. Ferrars, Mr. Bertram, Mr. Tilney, or Mr. Darcy?

It was intriguing to see how Juliet Archer made those familiar events take place in such a different context, for example. She often surprised me and her smooth,involving narration kept me interested all the time.

Short-listed for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906931216
Publisher:
Choc Lit, Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Darcy & Friends Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
741,128
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

JULIET ARCHER is from Newcastle upon Tyne in England. She studied languages at the University of Nottingham. She describes herself as a 19th-century mind living in a 21st-century body. Actually, some days it’s the other way round. By day, she masquerades as wife, mother and businesswoman. By night, with a glass of wine and a box of chocolates in hand, she becomes an author. Juliet’s Darcy & Friends series are modern day versions of Jane Austen. Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Emma won the 2011 Big Red Reads Fiction Award and was short-listed for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. It was warmly praised by international bestselling author, Joanna Trollope. Her second novel, Persuade Me was short-listed for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award.

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Persuade Me (Darcy & Friends Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this modern adaptation of Persuasion. It was well written and true to the original while still being very 21st century.
PanolaJD More than 1 year ago
Anna comes off easily as a down-to-earth college professor; she's got the education & great friends but is deeply anguished by past events. When her old flame, Rick Wentworth, now a famous author, comes to do a UK book tour, Anna is ready for all the discomforts & remorseful remembrance that his visit will bring. Yet, the long-ago heartache appears to still be fresh between both her and Rick and while there is much bitterness and distrust to overcome, both are determined to fight in their own way for second chances. A contemporary re-telling of Jane Austen's last novel, Persuasion. Full of heated romance, painful regrets & intense attractions and though it follows closely to the original tale, the new twist of Wentworth's thought process adds much to the overall story. Persuasion is by far my favorite Austen book and this contemporary tale was a joy to read. Likes: Rick was a great masculine character and his persistent actions toward Anna were wonderful proof that true love never fades! Dislikes: You really cringe during many of Anna's families scenes, but then again, that ever-growing hatred toward their egotistical mannerism could be a perk for the book since it created a nice emotional aspect for the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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CraigLewis More than 1 year ago
Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen Book. I am glad that Juliet Archer stayed true to the novel in “Persuade me”. At its heart the book is about regret and what could have been. Would life be different for Anna if she didn’t let Rick slip threw her fingers? Even in a modern setting, you can still feel the longing they both have for each other. Anna made the mistake when she was younger of letting her family rule her heart, and she regretted it ever since. The book is about second chances. Juliet Archer captured all of the angst and heart-break of loss as well as the joy of being reunited. “Persuade me” leaves you with a renewed sense of hope, that you don’t often find in other novels. I highly recommend, even if you haven’t read any other Austen books. It stands out on its own merit.
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