About the Book
Book: Much Ado About Persuasion
Author: Barbara Cornthwaite
Genre: Historical/Jane Austen Retelling
Release date: May 3, 2022
Some duel with swords, others with ships. In love, however, they duel with hearts.
When Sir Walter Elliot, secret admirer of the Navy, invites officers to visit his estate, what could be more natural than for his two daughters to find themselves in love?
Elizabeth Elliot’s legendary, bitter pride clashes with Admiral Baldwin’s stubborn conceit until any hope of a match seems impossible. They say love conquers all, but does it?
All looks hopeful for Anne Elliot and the dashing Captain Wentworth, but when a cousin steps in and sets evil plans into motion, is their love enough to withstand the storm, or is it best to let the captain sail that ship… alone?
Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing meets Jane Austen’s Persuasion in this story about trust, disappointment, and disguises.
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About the Author
Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her six children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.
More from Barbara
I discovered Jane Austen in college when I was required to read Pride and Prejudice. This was in the dark ages before the famous adaptations, and I knew nothing about the storyline. In fact, I expected it to be depressing, probably because the title sounded similar to War and Peace. It was a delightful surprise to be charmed by the novel, and I went on to read all Austen’s other books on my own. Each of them have a special place in my heart. I love Emma so much that I wrote a two-book parallel novel for it (the George Knightley, Esquire series). I also have novellas based on Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma in the A Very Austen anthologies. This book, however, is the first thing I’ve written based on Persuasion.
Shakespeare I met in high school, and furthered my acquaintance with him in college. Much Ado About Nothing is, I think, my favorite of his plays (although there are several close contenders for the top spot). His grasp of character is unmatched, and his language, even after five hundred years, is striking.
Mixing the stories of these two authors has been great fun, and redeeming a couple of characters who didn’t learn anything from their mistakes in the original stories gives my version a spiritual twist. I hope you enjoy it!
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I have had the pleasure of reading Barbara Cornthwaite’s mysteries and was excited to have the opportunity to read her newest historical fiction, Much Ado About Persuasion. I thought it was a pretty good read. It was fun traveling back in time and taking this adventure with the characters. There were a few humorous scenes that kept me wanting to keep reading. A good, sweet and entertaining story that puts a spin to the tales from Shakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing) and Jane Austen (Persuasion).
I am giving Much Ado About Persuasion four stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading clean historical romance. I would be interested in reading more books by Barbara Cornthwaite in the future.
I received a digital copy of Much Ado About Persuasion from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.
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Much Ado About Persuasion sounds like a fascinating retelling and I am looking forward to reading it! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks for sharing your review, Locks, Hooks and Books! Have a marvelous weekend!ReplyDelete
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Thank you for sharing your review of Much Ado About Persuasion, this sounds like a great story and I am looking forward to reading it myselfReplyDelete
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