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Possibilities

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by Debra White Smith
 

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Bestselling author Debra White Smith’s popular Austen series has a new addition—a contemporary story based on Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

Allie Ellen is the daughter of a respected, wealthy southern family who owns a plantation. Frederick Wently has no money and plans to join the Air Force. When the two meet, they feel a deep

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Bestselling author Debra White Smith’s popular Austen series has a new addition—a contemporary story based on Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

Allie Ellen is the daughter of a respected, wealthy southern family who owns a plantation. Frederick Wently has no money and plans to join the Air Force. When the two meet, they feel a deep attraction. But Allie’s unsentimental aunt dissuades her from the relationship—so when Frederick proposes, Allie runs off.

Years later, Allie and Frederick find themselves in the same city once again. But other love interests and Frederick’s bitterness from their earlier break up may keep them apart. Will forgiveness and hope erase the memories of the past in time for Allie and Frederick to have a future?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736908764
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
Austen Series , #6
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.88(d)

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Possibilities 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
I haven't read Persuasion yet (I know, the horror!) but I did recently see a BBC version on Masterpiece Theater this past week. I enjoyed the story very much and even more so because I had just finished this modern retelling of it. It's a light read that romance readers are sure to enjoy. Even if you have no clue who Jane Austen is, the story is written for the romance lover in mind, perfect for a cozy afternoon read. While I did enjoy the story, there were a couple little things that really bugged me while reading. The main distraction was the overly exaggerated Southern talk from Landon. I didn't see the need to write her dialogue in this fashion, honestly it looked like poor English. It would have been more easier to just say that she was from the South and left it as that. The other little irk that got me (and it happens quite a bit in Christian fiction) is when age differences are discussed, 10 year age differences are always declared as 'I'm nearly old enough to be your father!' With all the huge age differences between couples these days, this type of comment is very annoying and seems to be quite dated. Also while it would have made sense for Anne Elliot to not be able to do anything because of what her father and society demanded of her in the 1800s, it's quite different for Allie. It's the 21st century and she can't get a job at 35 because her father says no? Unfortunately for me, this was my least favorite book of the series. While I like the Persuasion story very much, it just did not seem to ring true to a modern setting. Allie comes off too much as a pushover who cannot make up her own mind at all even more so than Anne did in the original book. So my final verdict is as a romance story it's a wonderful read, as a modern retelling of a great classic a little tweaking in some places would help out a lot.
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Vovo More than 1 year ago
To my delight, I received the entire Austen series for Christmas. Living life like an acrobat in the circus ring, I began reading Possibilites last week. I have read some of Ms. Smith's other novels, Northpointe Chalet and Reason and Romance, and I have come to an understanding of what keeps me from giving her novels five stars. Ms. Smith has a good eye for describing scenery. She knows how to depict complex emotions, and she has a good imagniation for settings. Otherwise, her writing is faulty. She uses an over abundance of cliches and gives unflattering descriptions, making her writing, not her stories, hard to enjoy fully. Honestly, if you want Jane Austen, read Jane Austen.
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JoannaTX More than 1 year ago
I've tried reading many Jane Austen sequels, companion novels, and "what-if" stories, and I find that usually online fanfiction is a lot better than the published ones. This is a modern take on Persuasion, and I really enjoyed it. This author wasn't trying to BE Austen, but just borrowing the plot and characters for a modern version. I also like how this is Christian fiction, rather than full of smut. One thing that did get on my nerves is that sometimes the characters seem too Puritan, even with small things like lying. Just because you're Christian doesn't mean you're perfect. But it was still a good read. I definately recommend it!