Holiday Mix Tape: A Modern Persuasion Kindle Edition
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Most of all, I felt the chemistry between Anne Elliott and Eric Wentworth was missing, or diminished. Eric comes off as a narcissist with a bad temper, and Anne comes off as a loner suffering from deep depression. Their attraction seems purely sexual, not the kind of deep relationship that gives you confidence for their future. Jane Austen's characters are not perfect people, but the issues behind these two lovers was just way too heavy in this version.
The book is well written, but there are enough editing errors to be notable. I can't really recommend it.
Holiday Mix Tape is a gentle but not too saccharine holiday romance great for a quiet evening by the Christmas tree.
Anne Elliot's life has been low and lackluster for some time. Her father's political career has been colorful and tabloid-worthy, her mother's painful passing, her sister's struggles, and, those are painful, but not circumstances she brought on herself. Oh no, she managed to hurt and destroy the love of her life eight years ago and the regret and pain from that have simmered under the surface for years until now, when she must face him once again. Does he still hate her? Did he read that barely disguised memoir-as-fiction book?
I have appreciated this author pairing's works in the past and this story, from their first published pairing- to my knowledge, demonstrates why. They manage in an economy of pages to develop fully-fleshed out characters, a backdrop, a setting, and a powerful and moving story. If that wasn't enough, this story was interwoven with flashbacks that flowed quite well and didn't disrupt, but enhanced.
Second chance romance can sometimes fall flat for me because I need to see that the breakup, the time apart, and the reunion do not feel contrived and the romance really does make sense when taken up again. As soon as Anne uttered the words to his confusion about her tastes in food and the absence of her music that she was a different, changed person and he didn't know her even while their past connection was resonating so strongly right then, I settled in with relief to see what came for this pair.
Beyond the romance, the story touched on social issues without harping and also mental health, scandal, and the importance of family- for all its flaws.
All in all, this was a powerful, shorter piece set against the holiday season that I can recommend to contemporary romance fans who love reunions with depth and feeling, but need something of shorter page count in their busy lives.