“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope...I have loved none but you.” The last completed novel by Jane Austen, Persuasion is perhaps the most moving of her works. The plot follows 27-year-old Anne Elliot, one of Austen’s few adult heroines, as she grapples with a life full of ups and downs. Happily engaged to the charming naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, Anne abruptly breaks off the engagement, when persuaded by her ill-meaning friends. A decision borne in contention and strife, years later, she's struck by regret, of a love found and lost. Poignant and bittersweet, Persuasion is one of the most entrancing novels in the English language.
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