When Anne Elliot chances upon Captain Wentworth, a suitor she was persuaded to reject seven years earlier, she begins to reflect upon her past decisions and contemplate her marital future. Vividly depicting the society holiday towns of Lyme Regis and Bath and infused with its author’s trademark wit, this is an entertaining and enduring account of the dilemmas facing young women. Thoroughly annotated, this edition also includes a review of Jane Austen’s life and works, complete with anecdotes and critical perspectives.
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.