Hello friends, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! My life has been..dare I say…very wholesome and chill for the last few days? I do have some work, but I’ve completed it, and my classes this semester are not too difficult, which means that I have a lot of time to do extracurricular activities and spend time with friends. Who knew that, at the age of 19, I would finally realize that I’m not an introvert, but an ambivert! 🙂
Anyways, I’ve also been making a BIG effort to have some screen-free time. It’s hard when so much communication and work relies on digital devices, but I’ve made a conscious decision to buy hard copy books again (no more Kindle!), and one of those books was Persuasion by Jane Austen.
Full disclosure: this is my second time reading this novel, and I have, for a very long time, labeled it as my ‘all-time favourite Jane Austen novel’.
But, tbh, what’s not to love? The story follows Anne Elliott, a 27-year-old who, after rejecting her love eight years ago following the advice of her father and friend, finds him back in her life. Frederick Wentworth’s only flaw was that he had no money and connections, and so he has hated Anne ever since. Could these two have a second chance at love?
I really enjoyed the writing style, plot, and character development of this novel. Anne, who is not as overtly high-spirited as Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice, but still remains fiercely independent, has a special place in my heart. I also appreciate how she doesn’t apologize for her first decision to reject Frederick, because she had a duty to respect her father’s wishes and legitimate concerns – she doesn’t second-guess her decisions, and, considering when this was written, that’s a revolutionary characteristic indeed.
The nice thing about classics is that they’re usually pretty cheap. I bought my second-hand copy for five dollars at my local independent bookstore, and I know that I’ll treasure it for years to come. So, if you have some spare change, consider wandering around your neighborhood and picking up some oldies but goodies.
I highly recommend reading this adorable romance. 5/5 stars.