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    Faced With Another Chance in Captivating Retelling

    Austen's Persuasion translated into the 21st century quite easily with a good old-fashioned second chance romance full of the usual miscues, sizzling glances across the room, and lots of regret and bittersweet memories of the past all set against the world of book publishing. Each time I get my hands on a modern retelling, I think what hooks me in initially is my overwhelming curiosity of how the author will describe the characters and what will be the setting. The book publishing industry was an interesting choice here and one not entirely unfamiliar especially when they were out on the book tour. Emma (aka Anne) is an accomplished editor and has all the makings of a brilliant publisher if her boss would only loosen up on the reins and let her follow her head. She has the gift of picking bestsellers and making an author golden. Her parents were industry legends though her dad is not doing well since his wife's death. And... neither is Emma, really, as she is content to tread water indefinitely. On the flip side, there is Fredrick, the guy Emma walked away from when he wanted her to follow him to LA and live a life together. He went on to screenwrite a popular movie and now is a bestselling author on a book tour through Emma's publishing house. Oh my, that reunion meet cute was as cringe-worthy as you imagine and the awkward tour was a test in fortitude for both Freddy and Emma. Overall, I thought this was a great tribute to the original story while also proving it was a solid original piece of its own. It has Persuasion nuances, but it didn't take long for me to realize that Emma is no self-effacing Anne who is loaded down with regret all around. Emma has one regret, but also has lots of non-regrets, too. She followed her dreams and is good at what she does with quite a bit of respect and admiration in the world she inhabits. Fredrick might be the Hollywood writer, but really, it is Emma who is the success story here that everyone in the book industry is buzzing about. I say that because this is the dynamic that is the domino effect changing things all the way through. This is a romance, but it is also very much a women's fiction. This is Emma's story of what she does when she gets the chance at a reset. She is confronted with her past in a visceral way and spends a great deal of time pondering if she made the right decision back when she was twenty-two and fresh out of college, if the past should be left in the past, or, as many are hinting, is this a new opportunity eight years later because she is in a different place in her life as is Fredrick and what does it matter if he still hates her. I think this more put together Anne figure will appeal to more people. Those who adore Persuasion and don't mind it set in modern day will read it and have a good time, but I think this is also for those who might not have liked the meeker Anne of Austen's novel, but would enjoy her 2.0 version in Emma. And drunk Emma is really quite the woman to be reckoned with, let me tell you. So, yes, I was well pleased with Modern Persuasion and feel it has strong appeal for contemporary romance and women's fiction fans alike whether or not the reader has read or watched a tv adaption of Austen's Persuasion or not.
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    A great emotional listen

    This is such a sad story of lost love to a second chance. Years ago Emma chose her career and family over love for many different reasons. Now she comes face to face with her past love that has a book and movie out. This book she did the editing years ago she knows this story by heart and the changes she knows are about her. Spending time with him she isn’t sure she made the right choice. As they get to know each other again, working through their past dealing with the anger and the people today it is a long road that they might not ever over come. I loved this narrator she brings so much to the audio you can hear the laughter and sadness in her voice. Giving pause where it is needed to let it all sink in. Her emotions are outstanding as well as her character voices. Her male voices sound so manly, strong and real. They really fit the character so well even the one with the gay man it was just wonderful. Her female voices are just as good soft sweet to the older women and the one that acts so much younger than she is. There are no background noises, no repeating of words and no volume changes. If any breaks were taken I could not tell. Her normal voice was just as great as her character voices. She really adds so much to this audio. She has a way of changing her tones to really pull the reader in giving you a wonderful listen. There were times I felt like crying and others where I couldn’t help but chuckle.This is the first time I have listen to this narrator and it sure will not be the last. What a touching and emotional read that really grabs you from the characters to their emotions. You never really know if things will work out until the end. You are held spellbound until the end as you watch people’s hearts break others trying to control people and how it all affects them. I loved the humor and emotions that went with this story. Yes it was sad and emotional but it also makes you chuckle. I have not read the Austen classic but this book was just a wonderful listen that really held my interest. I had trouble putting it down.

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