Find Wonder in All Things is a beautifully written modernization of Persuasion that will appeal to readers who enjoy a tender story with a small town feeling to it.
I’ve always been afraid to read modernizations of Persuasion because I believe it is incredibly difficult to bring this story to modern times in a realistic manner, however, Karen M Cox excelled at this, and Laurel and James’ story fit perfectly in the 90’s. The secondary characters, along with the plot and the reasons for their separation, were well thought of and the story was crafted carefully so everything is perfectly plausible.
The book has a feeling of southern small town that captivated me from the first pages and, unlike Persuasion, it depicts the characters stories during their youth, which was necessary for the reader to understand them better and feel connected to them.
I have always been team Wentworth, and I’ve always considered him to be superior to Anne, however in Find Wonder in All Things my feelings are reversed. I believe James was too impulsive and Laurel was the one with the good sense, revealing a maturity that was not easily found in someone so young. I have also enjoyed their older versions, but once more Laurel was my favourite. I did like James, who was an attractive man, but I was expecting him to be more resentful and cold. He was actually a nice guy, and I think most readers who are not so fond of Persuasion because they dislike Wentworth, will love this trait in James Marshal.
One of my favourite parts of the book was the modernization of the letter scene, which was incredibly romantic and swoon worthy. Never have I seen music enter a story so well as it did in Find Wonder in All Things, and this particular act made me love James Marshall, who was the epitome of a romantic hero. The scene that followed it was equally perfect, and once more I was reminded of why I prefer Laurel to Anne, she is kind and with a sweet temper, but she always has a backbone when it comes to James, not refraining from telling him what he needs to hear.
The clear connection to both nature and arts were two aspects that made me enjoy this book even more and that made me feel engrossed with it. The descriptions made by Karen M Cox made me feel I was at the cabin in the mountains with the characters, or at the lake looking at the stars, and the music created a warm feeling that was very pleasing.
Find Wonder in All Things is a book that should not be missed by any Janeite as it brings an original and interesting take on Persuasion while keeping it in line with characters, and just as romantic as the original. I highly recommend it.
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Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of five novels accented with history and romance, a novella, and several short stories.
Karen was born in Everett WA, the daughter of a United States Air Force Officer. She had a nomadic childhood, with stints in North Dakota, Tennessee, and New York State before settling in her family’s home state of Kentucky at age eleven. She lives in a quiet town with her husband and works as a pediatric speech pathologist.
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