Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Modern Persuasion by Sara Marks ~ Review

Book Blurb: Which would you pick: the person you love or your own dreams?

What would you do if given a second chance at that decision?
Eight years ago Emma Shaw picked her career and family over the man she loved, Fredrick Wentworth. Since then she has built a career in publishing and spends her free time making sure her father and sisters are taken care of.

Fredrick has spent the same years building his career as a screenwriter under increasing public scrutiny as a celebrity. When the editor of Fredrick’s first book is injured, Emma is forced to travel with Fredrick on his book tour.

Tension builds for the two former lovers over the course of the tour. Emma and Fredrick must face their emotional baggage and their misunderstanding about how their break-up impacted the other. Will they be able to find their way back together for a second chance at love?

My Review: When I was first approached about joining the blog tour for this book I was excited. Persuasion is my second favorite novel from Jane Austen, if I didn't love Pride and Prejudice so much it would be my favorite novel of hers. We don't get to see a lot of books based on Persuasion so I jumped on the chance to read this newest book.

First of all I have some issues with this book. Almost everybody gets to keep their original name except for our dear Anne. She is renamed Emma in this book and some minor characters got name changes but they don't really signify. Karen Russell in this book is holding Emma back in the publishing field but Emma chose her career over Wentworth so why would she do that? Fredrick is almost always drunk and high in this book. The man is thirty years old I think he should have better coping strategies by now. And her nephews don't even have proper names they're just called Thing 1 and Thing 2. I get that it's a Dr. Seuss reference but geez the author could have told us their real names even once.

The book was fast paced and towards the end we get to see the events of the book through Fredrick's eyes when he writes Emma a "story" for her to edit. I have to say that I didn't really hate this book but I didn't love it either. Parts of this book did make me smile and laugh. Emma herself is a much stronger character than Anne ever was but the Fredrick in this book doesn't really have much in common with the original. This book is worth checking out if you are a die hard Persuasion fan but I probably won't be reading it again.

Rating: 3½ stars out of 5

Author Bio: Sara Marks is an author, knitter, Wikipedian, and librarian from Massachusetts. After over 10 years of participating in National Novel Writing Month, she is releasing her first novel, Modern Persuasion, with Illuminated Myth Publishing. When she isn’t writing, she is an academic librarian at University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has a masters degree in library science and another in Communications. She spent 6 years as a member of Toastmasters International where she twice earned the status of Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest status members can achieve. She is one of the local organizers for National Novel Writing Month.

Blog Tour Schedule
5/22 Most Agreeably Engaged http://moreagreeablyengaged.blogspot.com/
5/23 Half Agony, Half Hope http://halfagonyhalfhopelove.blogspot.com/
5/24 JustJane 1813 https://justjane1813.com/
5/24 The Ardent Reader http://www.theardentreader.net/
5/25 From Pemberly to Milton https://frompemberleytomilton.wordpress.com/
5/26 Diary of an Eccentric https://diaryofaneccentric.wordpress.com/
5/26 My Love for Jane Austen http://forloveofausten.blogspot.com/
5/27 Babblings of a Bookworm http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot.com/
5/28 Musings from the Yellow Kitchen https://musingsfromtheyellowkitchen.wordpress.com/
5/29 Austenesque Reviews http://austenesquereviews.com/


  1. Thanks for such an honest review, Tina. I've always assumed you're a big fan of Persuasion, given the name you chose for your blog, so I feel for you that you didn't enjoy this book more than you did. There isn't enough JAFF based on book other than P&P.

    Thanks for explaining about Thing 1 and Thing 2. I've never read any Dr. Seuss (possibly cos I'm a Brit) so that would have been totally confusing to me!

    Wishing Sarah all the best on the rest of the tour.

  2. Tina,such a pity that this book didn't live up to your expectations.