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Captain Wentworth Home From the Sea Paperback – October 24, 2011
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Mary Simonsen is very talented when it comes to character development. Not only is she able to keep Austen's tone and feel, but she also manages to add new dimensions to her characters. For example, while Lady Russell is still Anne's closest companion, I found her actions even more slap-worthy here. In addition, Simonsen does a remarkable job of taking Austen's secondary characters and developing them. The reader gets to see more of Mrs. Croft and Capt. Hargrove's wife and their sagely advice to Anne and Captain Wentworth.
I was kept in suspense the entire time wondering when and how Wentworth would get his memory back. Again, the plot moved me and I could not put down this book. Simonsen's wit and humor are classic. Reading the banter between Anne and Captain Wentworth kept me wanting more of them! I love books that make me smile and laugh! I truly did not want this book to end.
Anyone who remotely enjoys Austen's Persuasion must read this book! Just buy it- it's that wonderful!
FTC Disclaimer: Review copy provided by author.
Since he has temporarily lost his memory, Captain Wentworth remembers neither his anger nor his love for Anne Elliot. But Anne does, she vividly recalls their falling in love, their blissful plans for the future, her breaking of his heart, and Frederick's bitter adieu. And now she is in the difficult position of having to conceal it all or else she will destroy the amicable friendship they have established.
Frederick finds himself drawn to Anne's kind nature, agreeable company, and steady character. And it seems he has started to think about his future... How long will Anne be able to keep up this charade? Is she risking her heart for a taste of happiness? Will Frederick forgive her?
I dearly loved reading this variation novella for Persuasion! Don't get me wrong, I adore Pride and Prejudice variations...but Jane Austen did write some other brilliant novels! My favorite aspect about this novella (and every novel I've read by Mary Simonsen) is her accurate renderings and illustrative augmentations of Jane Austen's characters. I adored Ms. Simonsen's depiction of Anne, she was so patient and compassionate, and I enjoyed seeing her tender nature with Frederick. In addition, Ms.Read more ›
I have read 18 and a half of Mary’s other books so you can see that I do like her style. I am working on the Mud Train Disaster but that is not a JAFF novel.
As we read in the book description and in other reviews this variation of JA’s Persuasion starts at the same place and time as canon. However in this tale Capt. Croft and his wife, Sophia, are also bringing with them her brother, Frederick, who has suffered a brain injury due to a rough storm at sea and being thrown into the wheel. Others have not mentioned it but this couple has now committed time and energy to Captain Wentworth’s recovery, revisiting all of the sites in his life’s history and interviewing his family and past friends so that they can fill in his missing memories. He has recovered most, if not all, facts, figures, numbers, dates, etc. but not the recognition of faces and their importance in his life. In other words his emotional attachments have not been part of that recovery. They do not know the name of the lady he fell in love with 8 years ago, although a love was mentioned in correspondence with his sister prior to her then learning of his heartbreak as his lady was persuaded to reject his proposal.
Anne is forced to stay in residence at Kellynch due to the continuing manipulations of her father and older sister, who renege on any and all their duties whenever possible and isn’t it ironic that later in the tale they are angry that Anne is not there in Bath when her father’s heir talks on and on about his interest in her.
So Anne is a part of the household but stays in the background attempting to sort out in small ways the retrenchment her father’s debts have caused…auctioning off this and that, bargaining with the tradesmen in town, etc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Persuasion is perhaps my second favourite novel by Jane Austen. Therefore, I am always looking forwaard to reading variation or what ifs related to that novel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ana MR
I adored the Persuasion variation!! In it Mrs Simonsen starts us at the beginning with the Elliots needing to 'retrench'. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Erika L Hoemke
This doesn’t read like a finished work. I could see it as a book proposal: Here are the characters and the situations that will be developed into a story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Anne
The overall premise of Captain Wentworth's memory loss was intriguing. However, I was disappointed that the author strayed from Jane Austen's writing style in her descriptive... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book have reread it 4 times so far and will read it againPublished 20 months ago by christine deering
Far too short and it felt rushed. Still, I'll read anything about Wentworth. It wasn't badly written, it was just too quick to reach an endpoint.Published 20 months ago by Amy C Kernan
A Jane Austen secondary character book. I do like these, and enjoyed this one very much as Persuasion is my favorite J. A.Published 22 months ago by Patricia Gulley
This retesting of Persuasion was sweet. The amnesia allowed the characters to fall in love afresh. The love story does work.Published on April 16, 2014 by Amazon Customer