Bringing Jane Austen to the 21st Century
Kaitlin Saunders: A Modern Day Persuasion

What Readers Have to Say…

It’s sometimes hard to imagine a Jane Austen story today given the change in social dynamics. Sense and Sensibility could perhaps be on the harder Austen books to modernize, next to Mansfield Park andNorthanger Abby perhaps.  Older men who marry significantly younger women may have been necessity in Austen’s time, but it is not such a socially accepted norm today. Marrying a person you don’t love is kind of an archaic thought now, but I guess if you had Donald Trump assets and wanted your child to marry into even more money that it could happen this day in age. While we can all relate to the theme of money and the reality of having to downsize to a lifestyle that is within our means, it is harder to imagine that one’s own family could be cruel enough to deprive them based on a mere technicality of not having drafted an updated will. But then is it really so hard to imagine? People are just as unwilling to confront the possibility of their own death now as they were back then.

In Kaitlin Saunders modern adaption of Sense and Sensibility, Mr. Dashwood did not leave a will which would have provided for his second wife Diane and their children, Elinor (Ellie for short), Marianne or Margaret.  That lack of foresight to provide for his family will cost them dearly. While he may have been the CEO of a successful company and able to provide for his second family and his son, John Dashwood, from his previous marriage, his lack of planning meant only John would inherit. While John was willing to provide for his step-mother and half-sisters, his money hungry wife Francil is not so desirous in sharing their new found wealth. Using her female attributes she persuades John that his father’s dying words on his death bed only implied that he should give his step-mother and half-sisters a small lump sum payment of money and the rest was to be for them and their son Harry. I never much cared for John’s wife in Austen’s original novel, but Miss Saunders has really made me detest her.

Diane Dashwood’s pain at the unexpected death of Mr. Dashwood leapt of the pages. I found my heart strings pulled and my emotions well up at what can only be unimaginable pain and then to find out that your husband had never revised his will has to be truly devastating. The unfeeling nature of Francilincreases the emotional turmoil of a reader. Diane and her daughters not only have to deal with the stages of grief at the unexpected death of Mr. Dashwood, but they have to contend with being forced out of the only home they have ever known. In all of Francil’s greediness and making them feel like guests in their own home, I almost expected Francil to demand to look through the boxes they had packed so she could make sure that they were not taking anything that she deemed hers. She didn’t go that far, but she was navigating that way.

When Diane, Ellie, Marianne and Margaret are finally able to leave it almost comes as a relief to the reader. The relief is overshadowed by how much their life has changed. Arriving at their new home in Oregon is perhaps the most depressing realization that they are not in Kansas anymore. They have gone from a beautiful arced estate to a tiny apartment. Yet with surprising resilience they come to accept and love their new home.

One of the many challenges of this adaption would be the romance of Marianne and Brandon. These days it’s a lot harder to justify an older man marrying a significantly younger woman.  Miss Saunders handles this situation perfectly by not really focusing on the age difference.  It is almost as if by not acknowledging it that it develops into something unimportant when the age difference is brought up. This is no easy feat as today’s readers have an entirely different idea of social acceptability than what was acceptable back in Austen’s time.

The dislike Brandon has of Willoughby remains in a slightly updated version of the story. Yet, withWilloughby we retain a certain sympathy for his plight when he gets the chance to explain himself to Ellie when Marianne is ill. In Austen’s original I cannot say one ever feels remotely connected enough toWilloughby to give him the chance of sympathy. Although, in Saunders version of the Marianne/Willoughby romance one feels a sense of distrust for a stranger who shows up out of nowhere to conveniently rescue the injured Marianne, which I do not feel we were fully privy to in Austen’s original. It’s as if updating the story makes you more aware of a stranger who is so charming from the start, although being a modern retelling I feel as if we are able to get justification for Willoughby’s actions more readily. Saunders handling of this was perfect to the point that the satisfaction of Marianne and Brandon finally coming together was even greater than anticipated.

Ellie and Edward are always my favorite couple of the story. I have just always identified with Elinor more so than Marianne only because I see myself in Elinor. In this adaption, Edward is a freelance photographer and Ellie is an accountant. I think the way Saunders tells the tale of Ellie and Edward’s romance does significant justice to them. As readers of the original, we have always known Elinor to be the reserved one, but it’s so poignant in the way Saunders writes Elinor that her reserved nature practically jumps off the page to the point that you want to be able to reach through the pages and shake her. In addition, you can feel the absolute fatigue that Ellie feels at having to be the emotional pillar for not only Marianne, but her mother too. I don’t think I ever really felt that way when reading Austen’s original. I felt the love and need to support one another, but I never had the sense that Elinor was tired or frustrated in being that emotional pillar for her sister and mother.

This adaption is a great modern retelling of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. The elements of Austen’s work remain the same, but Saunders is able to seamlessly modernize the story. It makes for an exciting read. I was most curious to how she would create the scene when Marianne spots Willoughby with the mysterious Miss Grey and I was not disappointed. Behind the backdrop of a modern company party Marianne’s world comes crashing down. I felt pain and sympathy at the final undoing of Marianne’s heartbreak and I can’t say I have always sympathized with Marianne.

Miss Saunders is able to achieve something that not all authors can. She achieves the desire of making readers want to read more. This is what keeps readers coming back time and time again. She is able to create stories where the reader feels as if she is right there with the characters. I felt this to be a delightful adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. I cannot wait to read more from Kaitlin Saunders. I am hoping her next modern adaptation may involve Northanger Abbey.

- Kate of For the Love of Austen

Jane Austen, I suspect, would secretly be very pleased with this modern-day adaption of her classic novel,Sense and Sensibility. Author Kaitlin Saunders (who has previously written a modern-day adaption of Persuasion,) seamlessly moves the characters and settings from the classic novel to the United States and makes quite convincing arguments for the set up of the story–including most importantly how the Dashwood sisters lose their inheritance to their half brother and his conniving wife, who has been renamed Fancil in order to fit in with the novel’s contemporary setting. Saunders cleverly follows the plot of Sense and Sensibility throughout the novel, while adapting it to present day America–in this narrative for example the Dashwood sisters find themselves living in a substandard apartment building in Oregon. Elinor, or Ellie, remains the sensible sister, Marianne remains fanciful. Love interests Edward, along with the caddish Willoughby remain in keeping with the original characters, while Colonel Brandon is now Brandon, a wealthy thirty-something hotel owner.

Overall this one is a lot of fun and real treat for Austen fans who want to see a contemporary spin on their favourite tale. Recommended.

- Kathryn of Kathryn’s Inbox Review

In truth, I quite enjoyed reading this story. I thought it was sweet and endearing, but I also found it to be a bit troubling and conflicted.

Anne was such a likable character. She was compassionate, obviously forgiving, accomplished and strong in her own way. Still, she was hesitant and unsure of herself. I found myself wondering why, in this day and age, she tolerated and seemingly accepted the harsh criticisms and behaviors of her loved ones. Really! She was timid, to the point of my utter confusion.

Rick was…ah, a breath of fresh air after having met Anne’s family. I liked him as well. He, for me, was a toss up between Ryan Gosling’s character in The Notebook and Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables. He was solid, driven, but he was also sensitive to his true love. Yes, he was hurt by her unwillingness to fight for what they had, but his heart knew her in the end.

The rest of the family characters were disturbing. I did not care for them. They were pushy, opinionated, rigid, and shockingly selfish. They had no regard for Anne or her feelings. I was glad that Anne was able to have more meaningful, supportive, and thankfully friendly relationships with other sub-characters.

This book was an easy, fast-flowing read. It was compelling and interesting. I loved how the destined lovers crossed paths in the most unusual ways. What I found to be so so was the language that was used in this book. It was modern mixed with a bit of the classical. It was not totally believable for me. For example, the final professions of love and longing between Anne and Rick. Well, umm…yea, but. I found it to be sweet but seriously corny. Not quite modern. Still, I enjoyed the total package and I got my happily ever after.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would. Would I compare it to Jane Austen’s Persuasion? Not really. But I would offer that it’s rather enjoyable as a love lost-love found story.

- Kim of goodreads Review

A modern day version of Persuasion exactly as the title promised. The author stayed true to the characters but modernized the story… We couldn’t have Wentworth as a Captain who got wealthy at sea so instead we have an accomplished author. Anne and her family move out of a rich LA home to a smaller place in Napa that sounds just as amazing! The one small thing that would have been nice is if Anne had read his novel and it gave her insight into his feelings… 3.5-4 stars

- Katherine of goodreads Review

Really cute story, of course the original Persuasion will always be one of my favorites – I appreciate that the author made a CLEAN re-telling of JA’s novel. I am so sick of those ones where they go on and on about sex, that is so horrible to read and seriously, come on people. Mostly everyone does Pride and Prejudice, so I am glad someone decided to tackle Persuasion. I like the modern twist, thought it was very realistic. Well done!

- Allie of Amazon Review

I have seen the Persuasion movies a few times and had a hard time following them until I read this book. I’ve never read the original Jane Austen Persuasion book, but this plain English, modern version was pretty good.

In this day in age, I think it would be hard to find a girl just like Anne and a guy just like Rick, and her family so snobby. I had a hard time buying that part of the story. However, since I knew this was based on the original story, I could imagine families like this during Jane Austen’s timeframe.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. So much so, I decided to start reading another book about Persuasion in modern times just to see how they would compare.

- JanesFan of Amazon Review

Readers who love Persuasionshould take notice and pick up the book. Those who have never read the original story but prefer an old-fashioned love story will definitely take delight in knowing that there is no profanity and intimate scenes in it. For me, I dearly hope that the author will continue to modernise other Jane Austen’s classics. Perhaps there might be A Modern Day Emma orA Modern Day Mansfield Park in the works.

- Kuala of My Love for Jane Austen

I’m normally not a fan of modern adaptations, and Persuasion is my all time favorite Austen, so I was approaching this book with a little trepidation. However, I loved it! I’ve read and reread it. Definitely a good retelling.

- Amanda of Goodreads

I have to say it was a very good book and I really enjoyed reading it. Especially the part in which Rick had to take Will down a peg in one of the final chapters! It was so much fun! And I could really sympathise with Anne. She’s an adorable heroine! I will always remember this book because it accompanied me during a very important moment of my life.

- Pato, a Giveaway Winner

Persuasion is my favorite Austen & I rarely see retellings of the story. Sense & Sensibility & Emma are streaks ahead in popularity, it seems. So when I ran across this book, I had to read it. It was sweet & bittersweet & a very solid version of the story set in modern time. I was interested to see how it would translate over time & was surprised that a lot of it fit quite well. There’s a scene with Anne & her nephews reenacting a Star Wars: Clone Wars episode that just tickled me & spoke to my SW fangirl heart.  [...]  Rick was phenom & his letter to Anne at the end gave me chills, just like the originals does for me. From that point on, I root & hope & need a tissue. I still think that Rick shouldn’t need to concern himself with trying to prove to the Elliot clan that he was worthy, those people are twits. Even so, they mattered to Anne, so it was gallant of him to care. No matter the little quirks in this retelling, I still felt for these characters & wanted they to work it all out.

All in all, I liked this & would recommend it to anyone who happens to be a Persuasion fan. It’s a very easy read & perfect to take along on vacation or to while away some airport hours…

- Anissa of Goodreads

A Modern Day Persuasion is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s story about Anne Elliot and Capt. Wentworth. As this book is my favourite of Jane Austen’s, I’m always looking for books taking up the story and twisting it to become a new version.
I have had A Modern Day Persuasion on my Kindle for a while now and finally was able to read it.
And I was not dissapointed. It might not be my all time favourite modernizations of Persuasion…but I really loved reading it.

The characters are well drawn and can be all found in the book (a thing I find really important – Jane Austen wrote wonderful characters and it’s strange to read a book based on Jane Austen and having to search for some characters that are simply not included).

I can imagine Saunders’ Anne is the kind of Anne Austen would have written had she written her novel now. She’s a faithful, kind and caring woman, more and more knowing what she wants, and always feeling for others.

- Katrin of Goodreads

I am a sucker for anything and everything Jane Austen. I’m a sucker for anything even remotely Jane Austen related. Persuasion is my all time favorite book. I own like four copies, and I look forward to any opportunity to revisit all of my favorite characters. So, I really couldn’t help myself when I came across A Modern Day Persuasion. I just had to get it. The book is 256 pages, but I read it in probably 3 hours. I enjoyed it because I already love Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth. I’m a sucker for seeing them get a happy ending. [...]

The novel pretty much follows Jane Austen’s classic here. I think some of the shining moments were with Anne’s two nephews, Charlie and Nicholas. Their ages were never specified, but they loved Star Wars, which was adorable for me. At one point Anne has them pretending that they are Obi Wan and Anakin. It was too cute. That was one of my favorite parts of the book.

All in all, I enjoyed it. I feel like the writer did a lot of editorializing sometimes. There were a lot of moments where it got really introspective and slowed the story down. It wasn’t the best written book I’ve ever read, but I did enjoy it. It definitely improved as the novel went on and the end was as satisfying as ever.

- Samantha of Confessions of a Publishing Intern

The title really says it all. Now Persuasion actually being my least favorite of Jane’s novels I didn’t have high expectations however I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed this book. I feel the author captured the essence of the original story and I liked the modern twist.

- Margaret of Goodreads

I enjoyed it. I think for a modern day reader it would perhaps lead someone to read Austen’s works. It also helped that the area involved was familiar to me. It wasn’t near as detailed as the real Persuasion of course but I wasn’t expecting it so it was an interesting twist for me.

- Sue of Goodreads

I’m an Austen lover to begin with and after Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion is my next favorite story. This is almost EXACTLY like the original with the only real changes being that it’s set in present time. Very quick read, had some religious under text, but not enough to detract from the story. If you like Austen, you will enjoy. If you like Persuasion, then you will love it. If you’ve never read Persuasion, this is a good introduction that is accessible and entertaining.

- Meow Mix Kitty Kat of Amazon Review

Before I read this book, I read the reviews [kindle-version reviews] and I was hesitant to buy this book. Persuasion by Jane Austen is my second favorite novel (Pride and Prejudice being my fav of course LOL) and the reviews made it seem like it was not going to be good. Finally after much debate I bought it and I have to say it was amazing. Maybe there are some things that will not appeal to others and everyone is entitled to voice his/her opinion, but to me it was really good. I absolutely loved it!! Especially at the end with his letter! *sigh-smiley face* It was clean, funny at times, and romantic, and I am a hopeless romantic. Overall, I say please give this book a chance with an open mind and you will probably enjoy it as much as I did. Hope the auther writes a modern day adaptation of Jane Austens other novels. Happy reading to everyone.

- BookLover07 of Amazon review

This is one of the more gentle adaptations I’ve read. Kaitlin Saunders adds her touch of kindness and inspirational renderings to this Austen-inspired tale of misbegotten lovers, which lends a wide-eyed naivete to her novel. This touch along with her simplistic manner of storytelling gives an air of believability to the whole.  It could be a story about any one’s sister or cousin!  There is a certain intimacy in this novel for all of that, and it made the reading very special…like actually having a “modern day” Jane Austen alive and writing.

I found myself having strong feelings about Anne’s predicament as the daughter and sister who is swept aside by the self-centeredness of others.  And, I found myself having strong reactions to the struggles she encountered as she tried to make her way back to her sweetheart, Rick, after having lost him so many years before.

Ms Saunders knows how to tip the balance from comedy to heartbreak, from frustration to disappointment in such a subtle way.  This is beautifully maneuvered throughout her book.  What is also beautifully maneuvered is the love story of Anne and Rick as it triumphs over all the obstacles and roadblocks set before them…and finally, arrives…safe and sound after all their years apart.

You’ll love this “…Modern Day Persuasion.”  It’s romantic.

- Deborah “The Bookish Dame” of A Bookish Libraria

I should let you know from the get-go that I am one of those people who does not like Persuasion. I’m sorry, my lovely Jane (and all Janeites), but I just cannot get behind Persuasion the way I can Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility. Anne Elliot annoys me, and the whole story is just frustrating. So why did I agree to review A Modern Day Persuasion, you ask? Good question. The answer: Because I actually really enjoy Persuasion-variations and retellings. Go figure.

A Modern Day Persuasion is just that – a modern retelling of the original (which, in a chuckle-inducing moment, happens to be a favorite read of our heroine). Everything has been repositioned and ‘translated’ into a believable modern tale of thwarted love and incredibly bizarre family relations. There are laughs and cringes and heart-wrenchingly-sad-smiles. In short: I loved it! Now let me tell you why.

The characters are well-drawn and dimensional, with the result of people whom I’ve always been “meh” about now are either loved or hated. Quick examples: Mr. Elliot and Elizabeth are just as they ever were, but there’s actually some hint of what Mr. Elliot used to be, before his wife died – suggesting that maybe, just maybe, his obnoxious-ism is a result of grieving and not wholly his lack of a soul. Mary, who has always been comical to me, is painted in a light that really shows her shallow selfishness – a different kind than her father and sister, but shallow and selfish all the same. This “Lady Russell” seems to have a truer affection for our Anne, and their relationship is much more give-and-take than the original. I didn’t want to strangle her, rather, I recognized in Carol Russell traits that I see in the “older women” of my acquaintance.

Now, for the two main stars: “Rick” Wentworth is a bit of a jerk. And this is a good thing. Saunders has taken the “injured hero” and created a believable man. He’s human, he’s capable of being rude and jerk-y, but we know he’ll turn out okay in the end (and he does). Additionally, Anne is more dimensional and realistic; a young lady whose first – and so far, only – love stormed away in a fury years ago. Where Anne’s lack of spirit and uber-passivity has always annoyed me in the original, this Anne? Well, her hero left a legitimate compromise on the table and stormed off. Anne was 17, and anyone who remembers being 17, will acknowledge the power of the attachments we form then – no matter how “wrong”. This twist to the storyline really made things stronger for me, and much more readable. Watching Anne work through her own ghosts and come to terms with herself as a person of worth was a rewarding journey that I could relate to, and it made the inevitable ending so much stronger.

The writing is strong, the characters and story are recreated faithfully – but with adaptions and updates that make it both more relevant and (to me) a generally better story. In short, this is my favorite version of Persuasion yet!

Five Stars

- Rebecca of A Word’s Worth for the Indie Jane Website

Persuasion is one of those novels that are timeless. A tale of second chances for the love of a lifetime, which has the power to completely disarm you and something you never recover from. Persuasion is one of Jane Austen’s most emotional novels for this very reason.

It was with great delight that I read Kaitlin Saunders modern take on Persuasion. A Modern Day Persuasion packs an emotional wallop and there were moments where I found myself tearing up, having a lot to do with Miss Saunders impeccable writing.

Anne is a greeting card designer, which given her emotional and compassionate heart is a great career. I always knew that her family walked all over her, but in the modern adaptation it was much more apparent. I found myself gritting my teeth about how uncompassionate her sisters, and even her father, were. Anne has always been the adult of the family and the weariness, coupled with her heartbreak, shows how vulnerable she really is.

Mary, Elizabeth and Mr. Elliot all have the characteristics of their original counterparts, but they are more developed. Mr. Elliot comes across as a bit softer, yet he still is careless in his concern or Anne. Mary and Elizabeth are only concerned with themselves and they were well-developed ‘villainous’ characters. You just want to wonk them over the head with a nice, fat, leather bound book.

Now, dashing Wentworth still get’s to don a naval uniform, but he makes his money as an author. His actions when he and Anne meet again after so long are not so nice. He’s a prat who redeems himself in the end, of course. He does soften toward Anne as time proceeds and then there is that letter. Oh, that letter!

I really liked this modern interpretation of Persuasion, especially since this is only my second time reading a modern Austenesque novel. It kept all the themes and main plot points of the original so that you knew you were reading Persuasion, but there were some surprises in the pages. I really felt Anne’s pain when Wentworth reentered her life and I also felt how suffocating it must have been to have a family like hers. Captivating, engaging and delightful are all that my final words can convey.

A Modern Day Persuasion is a must if you enjoy Austen inspired novels. Miss Saunders has done a fantastic job and I look forward to her next publication.

Final recommendation: A modern Persuasion worth reading.

- Kate of For the Love of Austen

I thought this was a lovely adaptation of Persuasion. It’s very modern and present day, but doesn’t lose any of the essential story or characters. This story is very much what I imagine Austen would write for our world today. Seeing it in these newer more updated terms also helped me understand different facets and see the story in a new light. Yes, I’m still romantic and wish no one had persuaded Anne away from Cpt Wentworth when they were young, but if they were 18 and had no education or money, it wouldn’t be reasonable for them to marry nowadays. There is more complexity than i would have admitted to before and it’s not black and white romantic and tragic…it’s also very realistic and practical. And I like when a book gives me something new to chew on.

Also, mid-book I noticed the religious undertones. A lot of praying and thanking God, and at the wedding a reading of a bible passage…normally I don’t like religion in my stories (my own issues) but I thought is was done really well and wasn’t just thrown in for the sake of being religious or preachy, but came across as subtle and meshed well with what was happening in the story so it in no way detracted from either Saunders or Austen. Kudos.

- Rosa Folgar of goodreads review

Saunders, meanwhile, transplants the Elliots and their coterie to another continent, as well as another century, basing her love story on the West Coast of the US.

In beautiful Portland, Oregon, Anne Elliot watches Jane Austen DVDs, looks after her sister’s children and quietly nurses her broken heart.  Saunders creates a convincing world for Anne and her family, cleverly updating the story without ever losing its overwhelming atmosphere of missed chances and misplaced affection.  Her Anne is a young woman irrevocably stuck in the past, marking time with her career and unable to move on – until, of course, the old love reappears, along with another potential suitor.

- Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine, Jan/Feb 2012 Edition

I loved this story!! I get tired of people making Jane Austen novel, and the wonderful characters and sexing them up…This is a refreshing change, I love that she incorporated God into the whole mix…Persuasion is my favorite…I would suggest it for anyone looking for a good, clean, fun read!!!

- ruafreak3801 of Amazon review

Persuasion is one of my favorite books, and it never gets the attention like P&P. The author takes the original plot and moves it to modern times. She is able (with only some forcing) place the characters into this century but keep their inherent qualities/personalities. I really enjoyed this book. It would have been nice to have more of Rick’s perspective, but as in the original, it is Anne who is the main one.
I highly recommend this book. I am hoping the author has more coming.

- Austen Lover of Amazon review

The title says it all. This is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Saunders sticks to the book pretty strictly–which is probably a good. This is one you could give to your granddaughter and it wouldn’t be embarrassing. It’s very sweet and fairly chaste. I have a soft place in my heart for Persuasion. It was the first Austen I read. So it’s fun to read an updated version that is true to the original.

- Elizabeth of goodreads review

She’s done a terrific job of bringing all the dearly loved and despised characters of that classic right into the 21st century along with all the love and longing that make it so special. Saunders also has a great capacity for keeping the integrity and honor of Anne Elliott alive which I feel is essential to any re-write of this time honored favorite of Austen fans and others alike.

- Courtney of Stiletto Storytime

Kaitlin, I read your book and I love it!  I couldn’t put it down until I finished the whole thing.  You are amazing and I think Borders needs to have a Saturday Afternoon signing with the Very New, upcoming Author right out of our very own Salem, Oregon!!!!  Yeah, I am so excited and happy for you!!!!

- Mona of Salem, Oregon

So I came across some unexpected time to read… alot.. being stuck on the couch all day, I was excited to actually read & even finish your book & loved it!  You are a truly talented writer.  I can not wait to read your future books.

- Sarah of Salem, Oregon

I just finished reading your book and I must say that I stayed up late then was able to finish it today! I loved it and can’t wait for the next one!  You are so incredible and I feel so privileged to know you. Keep up the dreams that we all benefit from.

- Cathy of Salem, Oregon

I’ve only gotten the prologue read, but will be eager to start in on Chpt. 1. Excellent job so far! I love seeing the passion for these older novels being restored by an up and coming/new artist!!!! The passion for these stories has naturally been imbedded in you since the time I’ve known you (4th grade), so run with it Katie!

- Kelley of Salem, Oregon

I read this book this weekend and it is amazing! If you love Jane Austen, this brings it into present day while still staying true to the characters and plot. If you have never read Jane Austen because of the old English, read this! Kaitlin is from right here in Salem and incredibly talented!

- Cassie of Salem, Oregon

Kaitlin! I could not put your book down! I read it in a night!

- Kelsey of Salem, Oregon

I just finished reading your book!  So great!  Kept my attention the entire time…such a cute love story.  Well done!  So proud of you.  Accept only one problem…now I want a man as romantic as Rick!

- Darcy of Eugene, Oregon

I absolutely loved your book! Persuasion is by far my favorite Jane Austen book and you followed the passion, the heartache, the love, and the essence of the book so well. It was an incredible read and definitely one that I will read again and again! I hope you write more!

- Stephani of Salem, Oregon

I loved this book. It was beautifully written and did not resemble any of the rather cheesy modern-day Austen adaptations, which seem to be showing up in the cinemas.  From the very first page I was drawn into the Anne’s world – a world I which I felt could identify with. As I turned the first pages, I ever the sceptic continued to read cautiously almost as if I were looking for a fault- I never found one.

Kaitlin Saunders is a wonderful, talented author, with this novel she has brought Persuasion into the 21st Century without compromising the characters or the events. Adapting a classic novel into a modern-day story is not an easy task, making the events all fit together in an entirely new setting is challenging in itself but much care is also needed to make sure it doesn’t feel forced or too cheesy. Kaitlin made this seem effortless, during some chapters I would wonder “How is that event going to be adapted into modern-day, it will seem so weird” but sure enough Kaitlin was able to include it in a way I would never had thought.

And I must say that this novel is one of the few adaptations in which I have not had to immediately grab out a copy of the original and read it to get the horrible memory out of my head.

The relationship between Rick (Capt. Frederick Wentworth) and Anne is as beautiful as the orginal and reflected in the same way. I love how even in modern times their love and the horrible events surrounding their relationship breakdown is still something that can be translated and adapted over the years- I think it shows us that not all that much has changed and that indeed Jane Austen is still relevant today.

I found this book to one I could not put down, I had it completed in the one night. It was as if I were reading the story fresh, I had to make sure Rick and Anne would get together. And I had to make it to the famous scene- where Anne reads the letter!

If you are an Austen fan I would definitely recommend this book. I would also encourage anyone who hasn’t read any of Jane Austen’s work to read it, particularly if you have avoided her work because you feel the language is to hard to understand.

- Mel of But When a Young Lady Is To Be A Heroine

Wow!!!  Loved every single word in your book.  I could not put it down once I started and that says a lot because that rarely ever happens.  It was beautiful, touching and it even made me cry!  Very impressive and I will be sure to recommend this book to everyone!!

- Linda Fisher of Salem, Oregon

The plot follows Persuasion closely although with a modern twist…The re-invention of some classic Austen scenes was very well-handled.

If you love Austen for the romance, then this is the novel for you.

- Racquel of Jane Austen Reviews

Whatever slight imperfections one may find in this book, you still can’t put it down. It is a delightful and humorous novel which touches the heart. I like the way the author brought Jane Austen into the 21st Century, but yet stayed true to Jane’s values. My question is … when will it be made into a MOVIE!!!!! When reading this book, I kept picturing it in film. The book makes you chuckle and cry. I can’t wait for another novel written by this author!

- Julie of Salem, Oregon

A Modern Day Persuasion follows the original story Persuasion pretty much exactly.  Ms. Saunders did a wonderful job adapting it to the modern day.  She worked out all the details so it would make sense in today’s world.  I loved that in this version you know what Rick (Captain Wentworth) is thinking.  The letter Rick leaves for Anne toward the end is very romantic.

- Candy of the So Little Time Website

I’ve read quite a few Austen sequels and modern re-tellings of Austen books.  This one is better than some and at least as good as many others.  If Austen fan fiction is something you typically enjoy, you’ll probably like this book.

- Rnesmom of Amazon review

This was a very easy read.  I must admit through the book I kept thinking yes, that’s when that happened in Jane Austen’s version but it did not spoil my reading of it and I managed to read it in a day and a half.  I just wish the epilogue was a little longer.

- Jill of goodreads review

Loved this book.  I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day!

- Linda of goodreads review

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  • Alexis Aitken says:

    How can I get a copy of your book in Canada? I looked on amazon but they only have a kindle copy that won’t work on my Sony ereader. I need an ePub or PDF file. If you could let me know where I can get your book in those formats I would really appreciate it. I love Jane Austen and your modern take on ‘Persuasion’ is intriguing, if only i could get a copy of it, hehehe.
    Thank you,
    Alexis Aitken