Second chances only come around once.
Eight years ago, Adam Elliot made the biggest mistake of his life. Now that mistake is coming back to haunt him. His family's beloved vineyard has gone into foreclosure, and the new owner is the sister of the only man he's ever loved—the man he dumped under pressure from family and friends who thought the match was beneath him.
When Freddy Wentworth, aka the bad boy of Bishop's Glen, left town with a broken heart, he vowed never to return. But a recently widowed friend needs his help, so here he is. He's a rich and famous celebrity chef now, though, so everyone can just eff right off.
But some things are easier said than done. Despite their attempts to resist each other, old love rekindles—and old wounds reopen. If they want to make things work the second time around, they'll have to learn to set aside their pride—and prejudice.
This modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion is a standalone novel that can be enjoyed by Austen-philes and by those allergic to the nineteenth century.
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About the Author
Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered.
From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channeled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, spending many years promoting research at a major university, which allowed her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings—minus the bloodbaths. You can follow her on twitter at @jennyholi and @TropeHeroine or visit her on the web at jennyholiday.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 Glorious Stars Review by Elizabeth Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Have you ever read a book you did not want to end? Undue Influence is my first read by Jenny Holiday and I was intrigued by the first page. Adam and Freddy are hard not to adore! Adam broke Freddy’s heart eight years ago and things have never been the same. Freddy is now a successful chef in New York and Adam still works at the auto shop. When Freddy comes back to town, it throws Adam for a loop. You can tell by their interactions that the chemistry between them is still there. Undue Influence is about second chances, two lovers overcoming their past, and so much more. I, personally, did not want their story to end. Their story is not full of sex, there is basically none. Jenny Holiday did a wonderful job writing Adam and Freddy's story. You will not be disappointed.
Undue Influence is my very first book from this author and it was an okay read. I enjoyed both of the main characters; Freddy was really sweet, caring and thoughtful when it came to Adam. Adam was sweet and tried to do what was right, even if it wasn't the best choice. However, I didn't feel the connection between them that I was hoping to feel. I wanted to believe they loved each other and I didn't get that love feeling. This story did have its sweet, funny and romantic moments to it but I needed a bit more. I also found the story to move at a slower pace than I expected. Undue Influence wasn't a bad read but at the same time it wasn't what I expected. Although this wasn't a 5 star read for me from this author, I enjoyed the world she created for her characters and would give another book from her a try in the future.
i mean, it's a truth universally acknowledged that if someone is writing a jane austen retelling, i'm going to read it, right? and undue influence retells one of my absolute favorite of jane's stories, persuasion. while this is not the first persuasion retelling i've ever read, it's the first that switches up the genders and has two heroes as romantic leads. even though it's moved to a contemporary setting, a lot of the socioeconomic commentary in austen's original story come into play here. freddy wentworth is the boy from the wrong side of the tracks who everyone thought would burn out. but after a nearly decade away from bishop's glen, he's back in town after his sister buys the kellynch winery away from the elliot family. even if adam elliot hadn't broken his heart all those years ago, freddy would be wary of being back in bishop's glen, but re-encountering adam has him all tied up in knots. this tied-up feeling goes both ways, because adam has a lot of baggage and regret holding him back. if you know persuasion then you know how this story goes, and the author maps the characters and action to the original, while still making this story her own. not every austen adaptation knocks it out of the park, but this one does a very good job of being utterly enjoyable. **undue influence will publish on september 4, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/jenny holiday in exchange for my honest review.