I would have to say that I think this is one of my favourite Jane Austen books. The characters are intriguing and the humour, especially associated with Mary, made me chuckle. Captain Wentworth is definitely deserving of Anne, she is smart, funny and not prone to hysterics. The break-up of their original engagement may not have been what they both wanted but sometimes it takes time and separation to realise what you have and what you want. Anne was young, still a teenager, without guiding parents and siblings, she only had Lady Russell to turn to. I think she did what was best and she knew deep in her heart that he would come back, otherwise she would have accepted Charles’ offer of marriage and not remained single for the next 12 years.
The ending came about a bit swift. I have found this with several of Austen’s books. There is such a big build up throughout the story and the romantic ending and conclusion to all that has happened is over in a matter of a pages. I would have liked to have read about the confrontation with Mr Elliot and Mrs Clay prior to them departing.
Thoroughly enjoyable read, probably my 2nd favourite.
At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen’s last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.