Sway (Romance Revisited, #1)

Sway (Romance Revisited, #1)

by Melanie Stanford

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BN ID: 2940154985236
Publisher: Melanie Stanford
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Series: Romance Revisited , #1
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Format: NOOK Book
File size: 550 KB

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Sway 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RosannaLeo More than 1 year ago
Being a lover of Jane Austen, I was pleased to pick up a copy of Sway by Melanie Stanford. Based on Austen's Persuasion, Sway brings the story to modern times and introduces the reader to heroine Ava and hero Eric. Ms. Stanford's interpretation is in many ways as romantic as the original, and in many ways it is very different from a typical romance. After all, Persuasion is a story of a woman who lives with regret. She lost the hero when they were 8 years younger when her family persuaded her not to marry him. Much of her relationship with the hero is seen at first in flashbacks and there is little "real time" interaction between the two leads until the end of the book. In Sway, we see the same series of regrets, with Ava worrying she lost the man of her dreams, knowing she'll never get him back. Eric is now a huge pop star and she still pines for the man she never should have refused. Her family continues to meddle. I really wanted Ava to tell them all to get lost and I wanted her to come to her senses a lot quicker. However, she and Eric play games, distracting themselves with other people for a time. I think Ms. Stanford did a good job modernizing this story. In Ava, we don't get a snarky, modern heroine. We are seeing a woman of different sensibilities, one perhaps more suited to another time, as even Eric declares. She is in pain and isn't always thinking clearly. I was very pleased to see her finally tell Eric she loved him.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I love modern re-tellings of great classics and this version of Jane Austen's Persuasion is no exception. I have a soft spot in my heart for music and this story has a firm basis in that area. Ava is a phenomenal pianist and her ex-fiance, Eric, is a modern crooner (think Frank Sinatra or Michael Buble) who has made it big. The similarities between this version and the classic are great, yet there are a few surprises. I loved the scene and the vivid characters, who are all larger than life. I couldn't help but think about how lucky Ava is to have had any time with such a great guy! One thing that struck me with it being set as a contemporary story, is the fact that Eric is so mean and Ava is a sucker for being around him all of the time. She's ready to let the past stay in the past, but he just can't get over their breakup--eight years earlier. I think I'm a little harsher on modern stories because it's so very easy to relate to them, but I would have liked to see this couple have more favorable interactions with one another before deciding to take a second chance or not. Of course, that would probably change the story. :) The misunderstandings, the realizations, the hope, the swoons, the music feels--they are all just incredible bonuses to a fun story and it's one that I definitely enjoyed. Content: kissing; some innuendo. Clean!
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
If you know the story of Jane Austen, then you’ll recognize the story in Sway. Ava and Eric met in high school and were both musical prodigies. But, Ava’s family forbid the romance because Ava came from money and Eric did not. They broke off their engagement, went their separate ways, and moved on. Ava attended Julliard and Eric worked on his music writing skills and became famous. Fast forward to 8 years later and Ava’s father has squandered away the family money and they must now rent out their mansion to make ends meet. Eric has become a very successful musician and Ava is barely keeping her head above water. Her family is so dysfunctional, yet they hold on to their values of being better than others because of their “wealth”. Ava has pined for Eric for all of these years, so when he re-enters her life, she tries to tell herself that she is over him. He isn’t and that is where this sweet story really begins. Normally, I am not a fan of the retelling of a classic, but this was done well and in a way that made me want to reread the original. While there are a lot of similarities, there are a lot of twists within the modern day retelling. Overall, it’s a sweet story worth reading. *copy provided for review.
Dfrano More than 1 year ago
Sway is a sweet and lyrical retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion set in the 21st century. Austen's attitudes toward romance and family translate into some interesting dilemmas for the hero and heroine of this tale - Eric and Ava. So much of the tale revolves around music and the "will they won't they" dance between the two leads fits into the theme perfectly. Even the title of Sway is ideal, reflecting both the musical theme and being a perfect synonym for persuasion. MY very favorite line was when Eric and many friends and family go to hear Ava play in an orchestra, but not as a solo or featured artist. Her sister says "I suppose you were good but it’s not like we could really hear you." But Eric approaches later and leans in close to say "I heard you." By Ava's reaction to those three soft words, she agreed with me. In another favorite scene, the author takes the most romantic lines from Persuasion and turns them into song lyrics. I won’t spoil the fun, but "You pierce my soul. I'm half in agony, half in hope." is one of the more gorgeous lines in romantic literature. Sway hits all the Austen notes quite harmoniously - missing mum, complex relationships requiring diagrams, profligate father, mistaken matchmaker, only sane child, romantic misunderstandings and miscommunications and so on! I enjoyed this lovely homage to Jane Austen's final novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book for review.
DK12 More than 1 year ago
You gotta love a story with a do-over. When we make a mistake don’t we all want a second chance to set things right? Like Jane Austen’s Persuasion, this retelling is a charming tale of innocent love, uncertain destiny, missteps and regrets, all of which leave two young people wanting a do-over. Ava Elliot and Eric Wentworth meet in high school, fall in love and want to build a future together. But, as in the original, Ava is persuaded to give up Eric and break off the engagement. Devastated, Ava goes to New York to focus on her musical education, while Eric pours his broken heart into his music and ends up writing hit songs and becoming famous. Eight years later, Ava returns home to find her family in financial turmoil because of her father’s irresponsible money management (Ironic considering he found fault with Eric, just saying). Anyway, the situation forces them to make concessions all around. They must move out of the mansion in order remain solvent and then rent it out as well. This renting of the big house is what brings Eric back into Ava’s life. As the rest of the family settle into a lesser house in Malibu, Ava removes herself from the toxic situation by staying with her sister and brother-in-law. Long story short, Ava and Eric have switched stations and their roles are reversed both financially and emotionally. Ava pines for Eric, knowing full well the decision years ago cost her the love of her life. Eric’s pain over the broken engagement run’s deep, he’s moved on and makes sure she knows it. Fans of Persuasion won’t be surprised to find that by the end our couple have their act together, it’s the getting there that makes the story. As the couple struggle to figure it all out, with the alternating undercurrents within their relationship rocking them back and forth, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a swaying couple on the dance floor—an apt vision given the title. Nicely done, Ms. Stanford. This was sweet romance story with a few quirky family members thrown in for fun (who doesn’t have some of those?). Austen fans won’t be disappointed with this retelling.
Sophia-Rose1 More than 1 year ago
One heartbreaking moment's decision broke up a pair of young lovers and for eight years they have gone their separate ways. Until now... I love second chance romance if for no other reason than it allows for momentous mistakes to not do irrevocable damage. It also allows for 'right people wrong timing' to happen. In this tender and emotional retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, the author offers a modern retelling of a second chance romance set against the world of music and Hollywood. There are some heartbreaking moments, some humor, but a whole lot of healing and growing for the heroine, the hero, and the heroine's family. I found it compelling and read it through in nearly one sitting. The story opens with Ava Elliot returning home to LA after spending eight years in NYC attending Julliard. She is a good pianist and loves being part of an orchestra, but her real heart is toward teaching. She is bruised from not quite being good enough to make it into the music doctorate program and to have broken off a relationship that lasted three years. And now, when she returns home, she finds the family in flux. Her retired-actor father, Walter Elliot and her older sister, Beth, have blown through the family money and now must downsize quickly. Goods are returned and some economies are made, but it isn't enough. The family home, Kellynch mansion, in the Hollywood hills must be rented out and the family move to the Malibu cottage. Ava has never been close to her family since her mother's death. Her dad, her older sister, and her Aunt Rose all think highly of themselves and are pretty self-absorbed. Their snobbery and influence pressured Ava into the worst decision of her life and she can't forgive them. She was happily in love with a guy who had dreams, but no immediate prospects. She let her own fears and her family influence her to break off her engagement. She will not share a home with them and Beth's golddigger friend that now is living with the Elliots and has eyes on Ava's dad. Now in an odd turn of events, she is the one with no immediate prospects and Eric is a star coming off yet another successful tour. It is his sister and her husband that will rent the family mansion. Ava chooses to stay with her younger sister, Mari and her husband Charlie while finding a job and then her own place. Life is dreary as she sees where her decision in the past has left her particularly when the successful Eric Wentworth returns to town, looks on her disdainfully and easily takes up with her brother in law's younger sister, Lacey. Eva is set on picking up the pieces and happily enjoys the company of one of her oldest friends from school along with a new hot guy who seems really into her. She determines to show an indifferent face to Eric and the others, but deep down she slowly realizes that she never got over him, and worse, she wants him still. Alright, so this was no light and easy romance. It is told entirely from Ava's perspective in the present and through flashbacks to show the foundations of friendship and love between Ava and Eric. She regrets and he is still angry and hurt so it is not easy. No, it was downright painful. Eric demonstrates that he is moving on and uninterested in Ava. She works hard to convince herself and others that its been eight years and its long over. Ri-iight. I confess to wanting to bop him a few times for cruelty and her for denial. Most of the book, the reader must sit back and wai
JenniVange More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Sway! The story of Eric and Ava, their families and music, grabbed me right from the start. I found myself not wanting to put the book down because I wanted to know if Eric and Ava got their HEA. Childhood sweethearts who broke up because of her family, Eric comes back in to Ava's life when his sister rents Ava's family home after her family falls on hard times. Eric, just off a world tour with his band, seemingly holds a grudge with Ava after she broke his heart. Follow their story as they deal with family, friends, lovers and each other in this sweet, soulful story. Great character development, excellent story telling. A great read!