Review: Persuaded by Misty Dawn Pulsipher

by Misty Dawn Pulsipher
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook337 Pages
July 25th 2014


What's worse than never getting over your first love?
How about watching him fall for someone else...

Hanna Elliot had worn the ring faithfully at first. Some part of her still clung to the hope that all was not lost. As the days turned into weeks, she finally took it off and set it atop her dresser. When weeks gave way to months, the ring finally went back into its box, where it gathered dust until it was moved to Hanna’s unmentionables drawer. For the first few years, she had taken it out on the anniversary of the day she’d received it, allowing herself to wallow in what might have been.

She had been all but stamped out of Derick Wentworth’s mind. 

Sure, he thought about her occasionally, especially on cloudless nights when he lay on the bow of the Laconia looking up at the stars. But as time went on, Derick began to feel grateful that it hadn’t worked out, for one thing was certain: if he ever did settle down, it would be with someone who knew her own mind. Someone who went after the thing she wanted without hesitation. Someone who would never allow herself to be persuaded otherwise.

Persuaded, a modern adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion.

My Review

I was pleasantly surprised by Persuaded. It was cute, intense in parts, full of friendship and family, and romantic. I knew enough from reading the Austen version how the story would most likely end, but the author made the story her own. There were twists and I really didn't know how everything would come about and where the plot would take me.

I really liked these characters. It was true that two or three of them got on my nerves at points, but they all played their parts well and stayed true to their characters. I especially loved Hanna, Derrick, Derrick's sister and her husband, and Hanna's two little nephews. They all brought so much to the story and made it feel intimate and sweet in spots. Derrick was fairly charming. I liked how his character evolves quite a bit through the story as he figures things out. I also really liked Hanna and that she was consistent and loyal through everything. She could have been seen as a pushover, but under the surface she was steadfast and the glue that held her family together.

I really loved the setting, with the ocean, the beach, and the boat. I loved the sprawling feel to the story and the long walks and talks the characters had. The setting added an ease to the story even when I wanted to be frustrated with some of the characters. It also gave lots of opportunity for everyone to spend some serious time with each other playing and getting to know each other better. I think it helped make the story feel more authentic and the romance not rushed.

Persuaded was an overall beautiful story. It's definitely one I would pick up again. If you enjoy Austen retellings or romance in general I'd definitely recommend giving it a try. I'm looking forward to reading other books by this author.

Content: Clean, except for some innuendo.

Source: Received through, which did not affect my review in any way.

What do you think? Will you be adding this one to your tbr?


  1. Awesome book!

  2. Oh, I love Persuasion. I haven't read too many Austen retellings, now that I think about it. But this one sounds lovely. :)

    Ally @ The Scribbling Sprite


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