Persuasion (1818) is Jane Austenss last novel written. The work deals with the major social issues of that time, predominantly class-prejudice as well as mercenary and hypocritical attitudes. The novel opens eight years after Anne Elliott broke all ties with Captain Wentworth, a naval officer, after being persuaded that it was in everybody's best interest.
Anne Elliot, heroine of Austen's last novel, did something we can all relate to: Long ago, she let the love of her life get away. In this case, she had allowed herself to be persuaded by a trusted family friend that the young man she loved wasn't an adequate match, social stationwise, and that Anne could do better. The novel opens some seven years after Anne sent her beau packing, and she's still alone. But then the guy she never stopped loving comes back from the sea. As always, Austen's storytelling is so confident, you can't help but allow yourself to be taken on the enjoyable journey.