|Rating: 5 stars|
I adored this book. ADORED. I watched the 2007 movie version ofPersuasion recently (though I’m ashamed to say I haven’t actually read the book by Jane Austen yet… SOON!) and I loved the ways in whichUndue Influence ties into the original while still maintaining its originality. Just small things, like Ben Captain as the modern version of Captain Benwick and Rusty/Lady Merlot as Lady Russell’s character, were just lovely touches. Reading Undue Influence made me both want to read Persuasion and also to IMMEDIATELY REREAD UNDUE INFLUENCE.
Adam is adorable and I want to keep him in my pocket. He is so mild-mannered and quiet, but then has such a deep appreciation for the truly beautiful, and very much is like Anne of the original novel. I loved Freddy’s character and I feel like getting his viewpoint added such a wonderful depth and complexity to the story. Their interactions together are so sweet and then so heartbreaking. I really appreciated the texts between the two servings rather like letters in Austen’s novels as well. I know Jenny Holiday had expressed at some point or other that Undue Influence doesn’t really fit into her normal wheelhouse, but DARN, am I glad she wrote it, because I love it SO DEEPLY. Undue Influence is my favorite Jane Austen retelling by far. Also, Mr. Collins. ❤ ❤ ❤ With this latest book, Jenny Holiday is officially my favorite contemporary romance author. (Also, thank you for the signature grilled cheese scene.)