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Like PersuasionCaptain Wentworth Home From the Sea is a sweet story about second chances.  Simonsen's Captain Wentworth is brusque at times but a good man.  Her version of Anne Elliot is delightful; she won't be ordered around by her family, and she won't let her late mother's close friend, Lady Russell, stand in the way of her happiness this time.  I loved this book... - Diary of an Eccentric 

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Mary Lydon Simonsen is the author of several Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice re-imaginings. She is also the authors of the Patrick Shea mystery series featuring Detective Sergeant Patrick Shea of London's Metropolitan Police.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quail Creek Publishing, LLC (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615549667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615549668
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,902,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jakki L. on November 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
What a love story! When Captain Wentworth lost his memory, he also lost the memories he shared with Anne. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Anne and Frederick fall in love all over again.

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!

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In her delightful and engaging Persuasion variation, accomplished Austenesque author Mary Simonsen takes up her pen and asks: What if Captain Wentworth had no memory of his previous relationship and dealings with the Elliot family when he renewed his acquaintance with them in 1814? With Captain Wentworth's serious head injury during the Napoleonic Wars serve as her impetus, Ms. Simonsen steers the characters of Persuasion down an alternate and untraveled course; one that filled with less resentment, bitterness, and wounded pride than the original...

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.
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4.5 stars

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.
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In this short-story variation of "Persuasion", Captain Wentworth comes to live with his sister and Admiral Croft when they take residency at Kellynch. It seems the Captain has suffered a head wound and he has limited memory of all but nautical knowledge. It will come as no surprise to those familiar with Sir Walter that Anne has been left at the hall to sell off items and deal with his creditors. Frederick has no memory of his history with Anne, but he finds himself convinced she would be a practical, worthy sort of wife. She has always loved him and agrees to marry, despite the circumstances. So far, so good, and we know that eventually he will remember all. What I did not expect was a rushed conclusion played out in less than five minutes. But as I recall, another of Simonsen's I read had the same fault. Perhaps after taking care to prepare us for the happy ending, she might take just as much care for us to be able to luxuriate in their happiness?
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