Persuaded to Sail by Jack Caldwell

Persuaded to Sail is the third book of the Jane Austen’s Fighting Men series by Jack Caldwell, and it is a compelling story with everything a sequel to Persuasion should have: adventure at sea, intrigue, some mystery, a strong Wentworth and a bit of romance between the newlyweds.

In this sequel, Captain Wentworth is called for another mission with the Laconia shortly after his wedding, but instead of leaving Anne ashore, he decides to take his wife with him until his final destination: Bermuda. The only set back Wentworth wasn’t expecting is the secretive guest he is to take with him to Madeira, a portuguese island in the Atlantic. This guest will bring not only some intrigue and suspense to the story, making the reader question his every word and action, but also cause some jealousy in Captain Wentworth,  which was a detail I absolutely loved! There is nothing better than a jealous Frederick Wentworth, is there? 

Because most of the action occurs aboard the Laconia at sea, there are several references to the navy’s expressions and procedures, and I was delighted to learn a little more about this world while reading the book. Jack Caldwell’s writing is simple and appealing, and even someone who doesn’t know much about these topics can easily follow the story and the dialogues. That is not an irrelevant feature, and keeping it informative yet alluring is not an easy task, so I have to highlight the writing style of the book which was one of the aspects I loved the most.  

Persuaded to Sail focuses mainly on Frederick Wentworth, but it also features several characters from other Austen novels. Some only have cameo appearances, but others have a bigger role in this story, like William Price and Margaret Dashwood. Bringing these characters to the story, mixing their lives as if they were all part of the same society, and making connections that are innovative, yet perfectly believable, made the story richer and much more interesting. I absolutely loved learning more about William Price, and I wonder if I’ll ever see him in another novel by Jack Caldwell. Persuaded to Sail was the first book of this series I read, but I loved this style so much that I am now tempted to read the other two.

Anne Elliot has an important role in this story and I loved seeing the progression of her character, learning of how she adapted to life on board a navy ship and watching her gain the respect of the crew, but Captain Wentworth has a special place in my heart and I loved the portrayal Jack Caldwell did of his character. On Persuasion we only see him in his role of gentleman, but on the Laconia he is a Captain, and seeing him in this new role was very exciting, he was everything I expected him to be and more.

The ending of the book was somewhat unexpected which is always a plus in a novel, and the fate of some of the Elliot family members will give readers a great pleasure, I am sure. 

Overall, Persuaded to Sail was an absorbing book that kept my interest from the beginning until the end. Despite the fact that most of it takes place in a confined space, it is action-packed, and even though we cannot consider this a romance novel, it does have many romantic moments between Frederick Wentworth and Anne. I believe all readers who love Persuasion will like this novel and I highly recommend it to those who cannot get enough of Regency historicals.

You can find Persuaded to Sail at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited

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12 responses to “Persuaded to Sail by Jack Caldwell

  1. sounds like an interesting variation.

    denise

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  2. Looking forward to reading this

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  3. Sophia Rose

    Oh yes, this was an amazing sequel and I loved the encounters with side characters as much as more time with Anne and the Captain. 🙂

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    • That’s one of my favourite features in this book too Sophia, especially because Jack Caldwell made it all feel very natural. Having William Price meeting Margaret Dashwood was at first mind blowing for me because I wasn’t expecting this cross over on a Persuasion sequel, but if we think about it, it is perfectly possible. Having the characters from different novels interacting with one another so naturally was definitely of the things I loved the most 🙂

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      • Jack Caldwell

        Rita, thanks so much for the wonderful review! If you like cross-overs (and who doesn’t?), you ought to read the first book in my Jane Austen’s Fighting Men series, THE THREE COLONELS. It combines Pride and Prejudice with Sense and Sensibility. You’ll love it!

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  4. J. W. Garrett

    I have seen excerpts of this and I have it on my wish-list. I have read ‘The Three Colonels’ and I own “The Last Adventure of the Scarlet Pimpernel’ I just need to find the time to read it. I am so excited about this new launch. I love Wentworth. You know… you mentioned him being jealous… well, serves him right. He should have his share in jealousy… after making Anne suffer from his flirting with the Musgrove girls right in front of her face. Yep, payback… well, you know. Thanks, Rita for hosting, great review. Blessings, everyone, stay safe, and healthy… wear masks.

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  5. sheilalmajczan

    I read and enjoyed this story…5 stars from me also. I think I have read all his stories.

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  6. maryvad

    Lovely review,Rita. I’m not a huge fan of sequels but u may very well consider this book based on your glowing recommendation!
    Stay safe. 🍀

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  7. Glynis

    I haven’t read any of this series yet (not Darcy and Elizabeth?), however I do have some of Jack’s books so these are on my list. I do like the sound of this and you obviously enjoyed it Rita so I’ll definitely move them up.

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  8. caroleincanada

    Excellent review, Rita! I have read and loved the first two in the series and looking for to reading this one.

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