Captain Wentworth Home From the Sea by Mary Lydon Simonsen

Captain Wentworth Home from the Sea is a novella that embarks on the premise that Captain Wentworth suffered a head injury in battle and lost his memory, namely the names and faces of people from his past. Because of this, he is forced to retire from the navy and is therefore with the Crofts when they decide to lease Kellynch Hall.

Anne Elliot is a patient and compassionate person who takes all the responsibilities of the family upon herself, so when it is time to prepare everything for the Crofts to be comfortable, it is Anne who is left behind while the rest of the family retrenches to Bath.

These circumstances will allow Anne and Frederick to rekindle their old relationship, and we see them getting along and falling in love all over again. Anne meets a different Frederick, someone who appears to have lost his social skills and whose bluntness shocks even Mrs. Croft, and Wentworth doesn’t remember Anne, who also fails to tell him about their history, so it feels like we are seeing them falling in love for the first time.

Captain Wentworth was the best aspect of this novella for me, I l absolutely loved his personality on Captain Wentworth Home from the Sea. Even if in the beginning of the book he appears to be a more practical and cold person, his tendency for romance is still very visible later in the story. But his candour, which was amusing and uplifting, was what I loved the most about him. It was about time someone put the Elliot’s in their rightful place. Even his frankness with Anne was wonderful because it showed us these characters can have a mature adult relationship.

I loved the pace of this novella. Being a short read it didn’t lose time with unnecessary details or descriptions and I could read it in one single sitting, which was very gratifying. The only quibble I had with it was the fast resolution in the end. I would have loved to have more page time with these characters after Frederick remembers all his history with Anne. Plus, I wasn’t expecting him to be so forgiving of Anne’s omission, and I believe that a few extra pages would give this situation a more satisfying resolution.

Nevertheless, I would say this is one of my favorite Persuasion stories so far and I highly recommend it to those who like these characters.


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5 responses to “Captain Wentworth Home From the Sea by Mary Lydon Simonsen

  1. I remember this one. I loved it, too. Mary Simonsen has such a way of putting so much into fewer pages.


  2. J. W. Garrett

    It has been a while since I read this but I enjoyed it. I too would have liked a bit more at the end. However, Anne gets her Captain and all is right in her world. Thanks for sharing, Rita. Blessings, stay safe, and healthy.


  3. maryvad

    Hi Rita,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this story.
    Believe it or not,I read this 5 years ago! How time flies.
    I loved this story and awarded it 5 glowing stars. I’m glad you enjoyed it too even if you thought everything was resolved a little too quickly.
    Stay safe. 🍀


  4. sheilalmajczan

    I, too, read and enjoyed this story way back when.


  5. Great review, Rita! So glad you got to read an another older Austenesque release and that you enjoyed it so much! Isn’t a Persuasion variation such a unique idea? I would really love to see more variations with non-Pride and Prejudice novels like this – it would be wonderful to see these characters travel different paths.

    I echo your thoughts about the ending and resolution as well – that would have made it a five star read to me.


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