Another wonderful story by Jenni James; I absolutely love the Jane Austen Diaries series. All four books are by far my favorite books I've read this year. Persuaded and Emmalee were my favorite Christmas presents I received. When I got home Christmas evening I started reading Persuaded and didn't put down the book until I finished it in the middle of the night. I love the way Jenni uses the characters and events that Jane Austen did but turns them into a modern situations we can all relate to; like four-wheeling in Moab instead of a walk to the Cobb in Lyme. The character Amanda Ellis became an instant favorite of mine. She was just as nice and sometimes to a fault as Anne Elliott was. It’s the perfect classic tale of girl meets a boy, he’s geeky but she still likes him. She lets friends talk her out of being with him and breaks his heart. Big Mistake! He comes back years later and he’s hot, smart, and very successful... And he doesn't want to have anything to do with her. Amanda has to deal with the choices she made. I love that so many guys are into Amanda but she is completely clueless of her effect she has on them. The song "She doesn't know she's beautiful" kept playing in my mind as a theme song for this book. It is a great adaption and wonderful read.
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