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More than eight years before the novel opens, Anne Elliot, then a lovely, thoughtful, warm-hearted 19 year old, accepted a proposal of marriage from the handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth. He was clever, confident, and ambitious, but poor and with no particular family connections to recommend him. Sir Walter, Anne's fatuous, snobbish father and her equally self-involved older sister Elizabeth were dissatisfied with her choice, maintaining that he was no match for an Elliot of Kellynch Hall, the family estate. Her older friend and mentor, Lady Russell, acting in place of Anne's late mother, persuaded her to break the engagement. Now 27 and still unmarried, Anne re-encounters her former love when his sister and brother-in-law, the Crofts, take out a lease on Kellynch. Wentworth is now a captain and wealthy from maritime victories in the Napoleonic wars. However, he has not forgiven Anne for rejecting him. While publicly declaring that he is ready to marry any suitable young woman who catches his fancy, he privately resolves that he is ready to become attached to any appealing young woman except for Anne Elliot.
Excellent book but reading ruined by someone persistently coughing in the background
The story line mirrored most of Jane Austen’s other books, but still had a depth and an originality that I’d never heard in her writing. The reader was absolutely amazing. Thank you so much!
Excellent book and excellent reading!
Very well read and enjoyable to listen to.
Greatly enjoyed the book and the reader.
I wanted so badly to listen through this book, but the reader read much too fast for me to keep track of. I kept having to rewind and re listen to everything, and it actually ended up really stressing me out. Haha. But I bet many people would have no problem with this recording and enjoy it, as the reader really does have a lovely voice. She just reads certain parts really fast.
The reader did an amazing job. I have now listened to her read this book multiple times.
It's my favourite book. The reader did a great job; she distinguishes between character voices and situations.