Jane Austen, the author of parlor romances, created Persuasion along with Northanger Abbey, Emma, and Pride and Prejudice. This series of books aptly displays the thinking and attitudes of romantic times a 125 years ago. The careful creation of character and establishment of mores in society are aptly developed and followed. Jane Austen, read by Glenda Jackson, is a work of art for its time.
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.