Classic Book By You is thrilled to present Jane Austen's final novel, Persuasion. Originally published in 1818 alongside Northanger Abbey, Book By You's one-of-a-kind personalized version of this timeless tale will delight Austenophiles and book lovers the world over.
Years ago, young and impressionable Anne Elliot was persuaded by her family not to accept the marriage proposal of a kind but poor and connectionless naval officer, Frederick Wentworth. When a chance encounter reunites the two eight years later, still-unmarried Anne finds her former flame has pulled himself up by his own bootstraps and has become quite the eligible bachelor. Frederick, who has become a captain and encountered great success in the Napoleonic wars, is on the hunt for a wife-- but his pride is still bruised from Anne's rejection, and he vows to marry any appealing young woman except Anne Elliot.
The encounter with Frederick sends Anne's formerly dull life spinning. Soon she is caught up in a whirlwind of emotions and events--jealousy over Frederick's potential matches, a trip to the coast that brings on a slew of new acquaintances, a tragic accident that takes the drama to a fever pitch... it seems there won't be a moment of respite for Anne. Meanwhile, her calm demeanor, sympathetic nature, and quiet understanding under pressure are beginning to change Frederick's mind about marrying her...
Will the former lovers overcome the past in order to live happily together forever, or does fate have something else in mind for them? Featuring the classic Austenian twists, turns, and tangles, Persuasion weaves a web of romance, intrigue, and-- as always-- hilarious social commentary that will engross readers of any age.
What do we personalize in Persuasion?
Anne Elliot - The second daughter of a wealthy baronet, Anne is bright, sweet, and accomplished. Years ago, she fell in love with a kind but lowly young man, Frederick Wentworth, but was persuaded to reject his proposal because of his lack of wealth or connections. Now, at twenty-seven, Anne remains unmarried, living a life of predictability and monotony, until a chance encounter with her long lost would-be fiance shakes her entire world.
Captain Frederick Wentworth - Though he started as a poor, unfortunate young man, Frederick Wentworth has made a small fortune for himself through hard work and much success in the Napoleonic Wars, climbing through the ranks until he earned the title of Captain. Once spurned by young and impressionable Anne Elliot, Captain Wentworth has returned to England and, now an eligible bachelor, is on the hunt for a wife.
Sir Walter Elliot - Father to Anne Elliot. Vain and selfish, Sir Walter's spendthrift ways since the death of his wife have left his family in dire financial straights. Forced to lease his estate to Captain Wentworth's brother-in-law, he rents a more economical home in Bath, setting off a chain of events that will change his daughter's life forever.
Elizabeth Elliot - Anne's elder sister, renowned for her beauty, Elizabeth encourages her father's imprudent spending and extravagant lifestyle. Rather a selfish woman, Elizabeth constantly puts her needs and wants before those of her sister's.
Mary Musgrove - The youngest Elliot sister, Mary is the only one who has found herself a husband, though it's not an impressive marriage. She is nervous and fretful, and often claims illness when she is upset.
Lady Russell - A close family friend to the Elliots, Lady Russell was instrumental in persuading Anne to reject Frederick Wenworth's proposal. She was a dear friend of Anne's mother before she passed away. Though she is a great deal kinder and more sensible than Anne's father, Lady Russell shares his preoccupation with rank and social connections.