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Persuaded by Jenni James Book Review

Persuaded (The Jane Austen Diaries, #3)
Will he take her back, or fling her aside like she deserves?
Three years ago Amanda made the biggest mistake of her life when she let her friends persuade her to reject the guy she loved. They were convinced he was a loser and wasn't good enough for her.
Now Gregory's back in Farmington . . . taller, stronger, hotter than ever, and worth millions. Those gorgeous girls who snubbed him before are now falling at his feet and he's enjoying every moment of it.
Can he see past the pain Amanda caused him and give her a second chance? Or will she forever regret losing the only guy who truly loved her?

I love Jane Austen retellings, so I was extremely excited to read Persuaded, a modern version of Persuasion (my favorite Jane Austen novel :) I thought it was a cute read, although I felt certain parts were kind of rushed.

I liked Amanda a lot as a character. She was such an amazingly sweet and caring person. I also liked Gregory, the love interest. He genuinely cared about Amanda and was an awesome guy. However, I couldn’t stand Amanda’s family and how they constantly put her down. I also didn’t like Amanda's best friend, Kylie. I wish those relationships could have been explored some more.

Jenni James has a great writing style and Persuaded kept me interested the entire time I was reading it. It’s a clean romance, and the author was still still able to create such tender moments between Amanda and Gregory.

Unfortunately, I felt the plot got a little rushed towards the end. Some pretty major events happened that I wish could have been explained more and there was also a lot of insta-love in Persuaded. Although Gregory and Amanda’s relationship was cute, the other relationships occurred way too fast. However, I did love how the different events throughout this book stayed true to the original story, but still had their own twist put on them.

If you’re a fan of Jane Austen, and looking for a cute modern version of the story, this book is for you. Despite some problems I experienced with the plot, I still enjoyed Persuaded and I’d give it 3 1/2 out of 5 flowers!

*Thank you so much to Walnut Springs Press for providing me with a copy of this book for review! :)


  1. I haven't read a retelling in a while so this sounds like a good read for me. It's a shame there were pacing issues though. Thanks for the helpful review!

  2. Can't not like the cover though! Does look like a cute story, thanks for the review :)

    1. I also like the cover, I think it looks really pretty!

  3. I like Jane Austen retellings too! It does sound a bit rushed but I'm glad it was cute overall. Great review! :)

  4. WOW! A Jane Austen retelling....I am curious already! I like the sound of this one, but it's too bad there were some issues with it. Although, I'll keep an open mind! :) Thanks for the honest review!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair


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