A Modern Day Persuasion
Nearly eight years ago, Anne’s family, specifically her father, convinced her that she was too young to wed and insinuated that her fiancé Rick was solely interested in her wealth and status. Against her better judgment, Anne agreed to postpone the marriage, only to watch the love of her life walk away, never to be heard from again. Since then, time has not been kind, and with the family fortune now gone and Anne unable to move on with her life romantically, she struggles to make a name for herself as a greeting card designer. However, a series of serendipitous events causes Rick to re-enter her life, and at the same time a new beau seeks to claim her affections. The question that needs answering, however, remains the same: Can Anne recover from her previous rejection and love again?
“Kaitlin Saunders’ vivid re-imagining of Jane Austen’s posthumous classic Persuasion is superb in its straightforward plotting and wonderful pace, hallmarks of Austen herself. Her considerable skill in rendering a contemporary adaptation demonstrates her profound understanding of the underlying material that only serves to deepen the pleasure of the experience. Capturing the aesthetic of a modern romantic comedy while retaining the depth of Austen’s turn-of-the-century social commentary is no small feat, and A Modern Day Persuasion accomplishes this task with an ease and aplomb that consistently delivers laughs while forever staying loyal to the themes and situations that made it such a rich story over one hundred years ago.”