18 August 2014

Persuaded by Misty Dawn Pulsipher - Book Review

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.
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It’s like reading Persuasion again, but in a much modern setting.

Hanna Elliot fell in love with the dashing Derick Wenthworth at a young age, she might have some hesitation to become his wife when he proposed – but at the end, she was willing to give it all up for him. Yet, he never showed up, never returned her calls. It was like he vanished into thin air. She wore the ring faithfully at first, hoping that he’d come to his senses, but as the day goes by, she finally realize that he was not coming back. But on the anniversary of the day she received it, she takes it out, and she let herself to wallow on what might have been.

There were times when Derick would thought about the girl whom he offered his name to. Especially when he’s laying on the bow of his boat, Laconia. But as the time goes on, he felt grateful it didn’t work out. He thought that Hanna was easily persuaded by the people around him. He wanted someone who wanted him without second thoughts.

She never thought their paths would cross again, and this time, she’d be watching him fall in love with someone else…

I love the setting of this book, I can picture out a laid-back community surrounded with beautiful houses, and not to mention the beach. Perfect setting for the reunion of two old lovers, only that it didn’t happen as fast as I would have liked it. I watched him (with Hanna), give his attention to someone else. Ella might be beautiful and sexy, but I just knew they weren’t meant to be. As for Hanna, she tries to give her attention to someone else. A potential prince charming who turned out to be a frog.

He just needed to wake up from his stupor, and Hanna needed to fight if she wants a second chance.

It didn’t happen overnight, both needed the wake up call, it took some time, a little bit of media scandal, and a sprinkle of heartache before they found their way back into each other. Perhaps, they weren’t ready when they were young, they were still immature, and has a lot of issues. It wasn’t the right time yet. I’m glad that they found each other once again, and was able to rekindle their love, after all the dramas and circumstances. Indeed, if you’re meant to be, whatever happens, no matter how long it will take, fate will bring you back together.

Although, at first I must admit I had some hesitations to continue, since this was something new for me, I’m glad I did. It was a short, clean read. It was like reading a classic in the modern era. 

•Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.•

Misty Dawn PulsipherMisty Dawn Pulsipher was born and raised in Utah. She attended Snow College where she developed a love for writing. Misty served as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Washington, D.C. area. She and her husband now reside in Maryland with their three children, two dogs, and the colony of squirrels that lives in their back yard. When she's not writing or procrastinating an edit, Misty is reading, baking, sewing, playing the piano, or bribing her family to play Monopoly with her.

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