Publication Date: September 22, 2016
Goodreads Rating: 2/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I like it! It’s whimsical! It looks like fun and it has the vibe of a cute contemporary retelling.
Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren’t.
Now, ten years later, Ruby is single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There’s barely time for a trip to England for her little sister’s wedding. And there’s certainly not time to think about what it will be like to see Ethan again, who just so happens to be the best man.
But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can’t help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago. Because there is nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past . . .
Thank goodness for Instagram, because seriously, sometimes I find more books there than I do on Goodreads! Who knew?! So, I came across this book, looked it up on Goodreads for more info and borrowed the book! Um hello, it’s a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion! Now, usually, I am not pleased with these modern retellings of any of Jane Austen’s books because well, usually they are just insults to the originals and unfortunately this was no exception.
The problem with these modern retellings and part of the problem with this book is they are all watered-down versions stripped of any depth or complexity in character and story.
Here we have our modern Captain Frederick Wentworth who in this book is Ethan. I love the name Ethan and I overall really liked him in the book. But again he lacked a certain depth and aloofness that Wentworth had. But overall Ethan wasn’t a terrible replacement. A bartender-turned-entrepreneur through an app that he helped create before apps were even really possible/available. Trying to move on from the “love of his life” he hardened his heart against Ruby our Anne Elliot. Oh, just so you know? His letter at the end which is the epic point of the original? total let-down in this book.
I had a hard time connecting or liking Ruby as our Anne Elliot. She seemed miserable. She was just lacking in so much… poise, real depth, insight and maturity at some points that the original Anne had. Overall I just didn’t like her. By the end of the book, I felt like she was a coward and didn’t deserve Ethan. Yeah yeah I know it’s fiction and we should forgive and it was all a mistake. Well since it is fiction, I can be as judgemental as I want with my characters and so there. 😉
Overall I felt nothing, this book didn’t make me ache for the characters or story. I had a hard time liking Ruby at all, Ethan was okay and the rest of the secondary characters came up lacking.
Sexual Content: moderate