The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen by Shannon Winslow

Have you ever read a book several years after publishing date and wondered why you waited so long to read it? That’s what happened to me when I read The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen. Not only was this one of my favourite reads of 2019, but it also entered my list of all time favourite books!

In The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, the main character is none other than Jane Austen and through the pages of her private journal, she reveals to readers not only her inner thoughts but also her most secret life events, events that remained until today hidden from her fans. It is through Austen’s own words that readers will follow the parallel stories of Jane Austen and Captain Philippe Devereaux and Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth, whose story is biographical.

Through a writing style that reflects Austen’s narrative voice, we get to relive the best moments of Persuasion, while reading about Austen’s life and what inspired every scene in her last book. Jane Austen will also give us some glimpses of what influenced her to create characters such as Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, which was a detail I also appreciated immensely. It was almost as if I travelled through time and had a conversation with my favourite writer who talked about all her writing choices and answered all my questions.

Jane Austen’s character was perfect and exactly as I imagined her to be, but I was equally enamoured of Captain Philippe Devereaux, he is just as charming as Wentworth, and even if I don’t want to spoil anything for you, I must say that he was the perfect man in the last chapters of the book.

Their love story is beautiful and Jane’s life kept me interested the entire time. I knew how it must end because everyone knows when she died, but I could not stop reading hoping that maybe, just maybe, she would have a different fate.

The story in this book is compelling and having both Jane and Anne’s story intertwine chapter after chapter made it a gripping book, but it wasn’t just the plot and the characters that made me love The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen so much, the writing style is absolutely exquisite! It is hard to believe this book was not written by Jane Austen herself. The witty remarks and humorous inputs in the story are so in line with Austen’s style that the reader feels she penned them herself.

The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen is a book that should not be missed by any Janeite. It has all the ingredients for success and I have no doubt every Austen fan will be rendered by it. The writing style is exquisite and will make you believe you are reading Austen’s journals; the details about Austen’s life and writing decisions are a dream come true to any fan who always wanted to know more about the characters and the scenes she developed; the story behind the story of Persuasion is one of the most beautiful love stories you’ll ever read about, and getting to relive the best scenes from Persuasion is marvelous. I could not recommend this book enough. It is definitely a must read.

Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

The narrator of this audiobook is an exceptional one whom I would recommend to any author. She is particularly good with accents and character differentiation and she did a magnificent portrayal of Jane Austen. It was really pleasant to listen to the audiobook and that is also due to the way Elizabeth Klett delivered this story



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8 responses to “The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen by Shannon Winslow

  1. Mary

    Dear Rita,
    Oh! What a simply wonderful review!! I loved reading
    your thoughts on it. It sounds magical and such a
    pleasure to spend time with.
    I think I’ll have to treat myself to this.
    Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Laurie A McClain

    I highly recommend this one as well as I just loved it! Loved your review, too!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sophia Rose

    I spotted this one when it released and planned to read it and then forgot about. It sounds amazing and I’ve been missing out, too.
    Great review, Rita! 🙂

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  4. While Winslow is known for her Pride and Prejudice sequels and spinoffs, I think The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen is her masterpiece.

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  5. Thanks for such a great review, Rita. I was lucky enough to win a copy of this when it was first published and was blown away by it at the time. Then last year, I spent one of my Audible credits on Elizabeth Klett’s wonderful performance of it and fell in love with Captain Devereaux all over again!

    I totally agree with Laurel Ann’s opinion.

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  6. maomac

    I agree as well. This is truly a great story – one that a part of me wants to be true. Jane deserves a HOA too.

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  7. I’m thrilled and honored that you rank TPoMJA so high on your all-time favorites list, Rita! Thanks so much for the lovely review. I hope your enthusiasm is catching and that people will give it a read for themselves. 😀


  8. sheilalmajczan

    I had to have this in paperback as I loved the cover – way back when it was first released. I met the author. I told her that this is my favorite fictional story as to what happened to Jane Austen. Loved this story.

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