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Persuade Me Darcy Friends #2 When do you let your heart rule your headWhen it comes to love Anna Elliot is stuck in the past No one can compare to Rick Wentworth the man she gave up ten years ago at the insistence of her disapproving family What if she’s missed her only chance for real happinessSince Anna broke his heart Rick has moved on – or so he thinks Out in Australia he’s worked hard to build a successful career – and a solid wall around his feelingsThe words ‘forgive and forget’ aren’t in Rick's vocabulary The word ‘regret’ is definitely in Anna’s So when they meet again on his book tour of England it’s an opportunity for closureBut memories intrude – the pure sensuality of what they once shared the pain of parting And she has to deal with another man from her past while his celebrity status makes him the focus of unwanted attentionWith Anna’s image obsessed family still ready to interfere and Rick poised to return to Australia can she persuade him to risk his heart againThis contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s last completed novel is the second book in Juliet Archer’s Darcy Friends series offering fresh insights into the hearts and minds of Austen’s irresistible heroes

  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Persuade Me Darcy Friends #2
  • Juliet Archer
  • English
  • 19 February 2014
  • 9781906931216

About the Author: Juliet Archer

Juliet Archer describes herself as “a 19th century mind in a 21st century body – actually some days it’s the other way round” The youngest of four girls she was born and bred in North East England where she met her future husband Unlike Anne Elliot in Persuasion she resisted well meant advice and married young before graduating from the University of Nottingham with a First in French and Ru

10 thoughts on “Persuade Me Darcy Friends #2

  1. says:

    Oh the drama Anna Elliot and Wentworth were desperately in love but oh so young Her father and godmother convinced her to leave him and pursue her education He was heartbroken and angry Years pass he becomes a famous marine biologist and she gets a professorship where she teaches Russian lit They meet again He is on a book tour and is still angry She swings between wanting to see him and not wanting to see him She has never replaced him with someone else while he has tried to replace her Then his girlfriend dumps him Instead of trying to get back with Anna he decides to get back AT Anna Lots of heartbreak lots of misunderstandings He has than enough dramatic thoughts to ualify for a lead role in a Russian novel While she is much level headed but she also ualifies as a door mat uite often Good fanfic of one of my fav Jane Austen novels 😊

  2. says:

    A second chance at romance comes for a pair One lives with regrets and the other some bitterness over their parting Jane Austen's Persuasion lives again in this modern retelling of the old classic second chances storyPersuade Me is book two in the Darcy and Friends series but is can be read standalone or out of orderAs with any modern retelling I was immensely curious how the author would choose to both flesh out the classic and bring her own style into play The story does follow the class closely but there is a lot of fun and originality in the telling This was a sparkling romantic comedy in its own rightAnne as a Russian literature expert and Rick as a celebrity marine biologist was a fun twist It started out painful between this pair but I loved the way things came along steadily as the past was viewed in a new light and the pair had an opportunity to get to know who they are now years' later The romance was sweet but there was a pinch of spice that worked well late in the story after all the miscues and failsI found the surrounding cast of characters were written well Anne's sisters and dad were perfectly obnoxious and her best friend's fun William was smarmy as was Cleo the masseuse The Musgroves were a riot and I liked the bi play between Rick and his sister SophieAll in all I had a great time with this one and now want to pick up the others in the series Austen fans and those new to Austen but like a cute second chance romance are the right audienceCOYER Summer Birthday Bash Scavenger Hunt clue #29 a story without magic

  3. says:

    Dr Rick Wentworth a successful marine biologistcelebrity author is preparing for his extensive seven week book tour in England with a book provocatively titled Sex in the Sea With a flourishing career a modest amount of wealth and popularity a supermodel girlfriend and a very attractive physiue it would seem Rick has everything he has ever wanted But he doesn't He doesn't have Anna Elliot who was persuaded by her family to give him up ten years ago and whose rejection still haunts him all these years later Since Anna's rejection of him Rick has let disappointment and resentment rule his heart living by the motto “never forgive never forget” Now returning to England Rick wonders if their paths will cross and if Anna Elliot will feel something like regret for giving up on the love they once hadAnna Elliot a professor of Russian Literature does know regret In fact when she lectures about Anna Karenina and how she gave up everything for her lover Anna Elliot feels deep regret for not doing the same ten years ago Instead of following her lover Anna went to university finished her studies and became a professor of Russian Literature Anna has learned to be content with her simple and comfortable life yet deep in her heart she yearns to travel back in time to the summer when she was eighteen and hopelessly in love with Rick Wentworth To continue reading go to

  4. says:

    Rick Wentworth is a successful marine biologist living in Australia His book about the mating habits of sea creatures and comparing it to human behavior called Sex in the Sea has become wildly popular with the ladies in England Most likely due to the fact is has a very sexy picture of him shirtless on the cover Because of this success he is coming back to England for a book tour Unfortunately this will take him into the sphere of the woman who broke his heart Anna Elliot Anna Elliot is a professor of Russian literature in Bath She has contented herself with a simple life of giving lectures and helping take care of her family particularly her younger sister husband and their two boys However after ten years she still regrets that she let her father and her late mother's close friend talk her out of the love of her life With the prospect of seeing Rick Wentworth again she realizes she is definitely not over him I thoroughly enjoyed this book It is a fantastic modern adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion It follows the plot pretty close and the character's are for the most part true to the originals The modernizations make sense and work in the story My only critiue is why didn't she leave Rick Wentworth in the navy Him being Captain Wentworth is so much romantic and a the fact that he is a famous author doesn't really coalesce If you love Persuasion you will enjoy this modern retelling

  5. says:

    Loved this bookit kept me up till the wee hours of the morningturning each page in an effort to discover how Anna and Rick would finally admit their feelingsrealise life is short and simply just be together This book is beautifully written From the very beginning it captured my imagination as somehow the characters felt like real people and the way their problems were portrayed be it a hasty marriage to an ill suited partnerto meetingfor the first time in ten yearsyour first love almost enticed me to ring them up and discuss matters with them Yesthis book was that good This author has taken our beloved Persuasionwaved her magic wand and has created a rich heartwarmingcompelling and very realistic tale that Ifor onehighly recommend Enjoy

  6. says:

    This is the first modern re telling of an Austen novel I've read and if they're all like this I don't know if these fan fic books are my thing I was loving the book in the beginning I could immediately tell the author was British through the style and language of the writing and it made me think of Bridget Jone's Diary I liked how she updated the details of the world the characters live in as far as their occupations and why it was Rick was returning to England having become a somewhat celebrity Basically it all looked like it was setting up nicely for a delicious readBut about half way through I saw that the plot was sticking meticulously close to the original Persuasion For some that may seem a good thing but for me it wasn't ringing true in a modern context and it was boring because you know exactly what's going to happen I often had the sensation I was reading Daphne Du Maurier or Maeve Binchey More modern than Austen yes but still feeling fairly old timey Just the way they were always planning transportation who would go with who taking group walks through the grounds buying newspapers plotting for the marriage of the single women to eligible bachelors etc The story feels like a constant repetition of misunderstandings leaps to judgment and lack of communication between Anna and Rick Two grown adults who can barely speak to each other despite the fact that it's been 10 years since they broke up Their by gone romance only lasted a summer and Rick is still holding it against her that at all of 18 years old she broke it off with him so she could focus on school This scenario simply does not ring true in a modern world In Jane Austen's world I get it The restraints of propriety gender social norms and class mobility play a huge part in what keeps these two apart So put this all in a modern setting and you're like Dude just freaking talk to each other Text email Facebook; pick your technological path to communication for da loveThis all applies to the secondary characters as well Without the social constraints of Austen's world to make sense of their flaws and uirks they look like complete weirdos Anna's father her sisters Lou Louisa and William come to mind I love the story of Persuasion and I'd love to read a modern re telling of it that isn't afraid to step away from the plot points of the original This one wasn't it

  7. says:

    Author Juliet Archer has undertaken the daunting task of faithfully re writing Jane Austen’s classic novels with a modern and contemporary twist Persuade Me is the second offering in her Darcy Friends seriesReading Persuade Me was like gazing with admiration at any one of my six grandchildren There before me are reminders of some of the best loved features of my own children but lovingly arranged fresh and new As I began the 341 page odyssey I thought to myself “What can possibly be so entertaining and compelling about a story that you already know the outcome of?First the author has wisely chosen to drape her updated story on the framework of what this reviewer considers Miss Austen’s greatest love story The faithfulness and accuracy to which Juliet Archer closely marks her contemporary story line to Jane Austen’s original is uite astonishingSecond it is my conviction that a reader who perchance has never read any of Jane Austen’s works would consider Persuade Me as a stand alone story of remarkable strength humor emotion suspense and depth of feeling It is also a testament to the author’s writing skill that we read greater insights into the character and feelings of the hero which are somewhat absent in the original The Author sets the stage with Dr Rick Wentworth Capt Frederick Wentworth an eminent marine biologist who has been working in Australia for the past ten years and still struggling to forget his first love Anna Elliott He has published a best selling book on his research and is returning to England for a book signing tour It is inevitable that he once again encounters Anna Elliott who is a lecturer in Russian Studies at Bath Western University She treats her noble heritage with contempt than pride because it was the threatened reputation of her titled family that forcibly separated the lovers a decade ago They finally meet again at Uppercross the home of Rick’s sister Sophie Croft Rick tries not to remember but cannot help himselfHer voice – and the years crumbled away He was jumping over the rocks to be with her and she was saying ‘Careful Rick’ She never shouted never had to; he always heard her as if his brain was tuned to a special freuency Other memories intruded On the boat just the two of them His voice strangely hesitant ‘My grandmother used to say – if you can’t be good be careful’ And her laugh soft and seductive like her skin against his ‘Well then we’d better careful hadn’t we?’ Page 89Anna Elliott Anne Elliott is the middle daughter of Sir Walter Elliott the eighth Baronet of Kellynch and her deceased mother Princess Irina Grigoryevna Petrova a descendent of the Russian aristocracy Her present situation parallels Rick’s in that she is also living in the past with what might have been“Somewhere deep down was another Anna the one she’d been at eighteen during that summer in France The one Rick Wentworth had coaxed into being then left to shrivel and die And she hadn’t really looked at another man since Oh she’d tried; at Oxford there’d been a few boyfriends but they simply couldn’t compare It was like warming yourself on a radiator when you were used to basking in the sun She’d grown accustomed to it now this uiet longing for another life” Page 34Juliet Archer honors the legacy of Jane Austen by respectfully maintaining what I believe to be the original artistic intent of Persuasion because ALL the unforgettable content is gloriously revisited in Persuade Me The story line with its melancholy mood sense of longing and anticipation the characters the anecdotes the locationsEVERYTHING is in there down to the minutest detail Revisit Kellynch and its environs Bath Uppercross Lyme Regis and the Cobb Relive the situations The party at the Musgrove’s the walk in the country The nephew firmly attached to Anna’s neck the accident on the Cobb The encounter at the theater in Bath The emotional dialogue between Anna and Ben Capt Harville and finally the letteryes that wonderfully updated LETTER Every single one of the people in Persuasion lovingly reappear in Persuade me Sir Walter Elliot and Elizabeth in all of their excessive vanity Lady Russell the Crofts Mrs Clay the Musgroves Mrs Smith Benwick Harville Lady Dalrymple the adorable Musgrove nephews William Elliott and best of all Anna Rick Is Persuade Me a “new old story” or an “old new story?” Whatever you consider it I hope I have “persuaded” you to add this impressive offering to your stack of must reads

  8. says:

    PERSUADE ME by Juliet Archer audio versionThis is the second of a series written by Juliet Archer updating the storyline of a Jane Austen novel to the modern day Unlike the first one this one wasn't told with the alternating POVs or narrators If it had been it would have been wonderful to hear Rick Wentworth voiced by an actor such as Christopher Eccleston or Richard Armitage Yes our Captain is now Dr Rick Wentworth marine biologist from the north of England now living in Australia complete with supermodel girlfriend but who has returned to the UK for a book tour promoting his best seller ”Sex in the SeaTen years earlier he met and fell in love with Anna Elliott daughter of the 8th Baronet of Kellynch while they were both in the south of France On the advice and connivance of her father and Lady Araminta Minty Russell Anna doesn't go to Australia with Rick Now he's a well respected scientist and Anna is a lecturer in Russian Literature at a University in Bath The Russian connection is due to her late mother having been Russian Anna lives in a flat in Bath owned by Jenny Smith who's husband is still alive but badly disabled The plot follows the original very closely so I won't go into very much detail Sir Walter is possibly even vainer than the original as is the eldest Elliott daughter Lisa Mrs Clay is the masseuse Cleopatra Clay The youngest Elliott daughter Mona is still married to Charles Musgrove with sisters Lou and Henrietta Rick's sister and brother in law run a garden centre near Kellynch renting property from Sir Walter but not the Hall itself I loved these Crofts as much as the originals William Elliott Dunn is the heir to Kellynch and the Baronecy and to me comes over as even scheming than his Regency counterpart Rick's resentment towards Anna is even closer to the surface here and Never forgive never forget is a mantra he seems to live by This gets put to the test when they are thrown into company and the behaviour of neither to each other could be said to be of the best He deliberately makes a play for Lou Musgrove after the supermodel has dumped him in absentia for a richer man before realising after the events at Lyme Regis exactly how cruel he's been to both women One scene I was waiting for of course was The Letter Obviously the language has been brought up to date but half agony half hope is still there as are the sentiments I have to say though that I still prefer the language style of the original As far as I can tell Juliet Archer is planning on writing in the series but there's been a gap of some years now since this part I really hope she does write as I've thoroughly enjoyed both so far

  9. says:

    This worked in the way I wanted it to work which is to say an angsty contemporary romance with Jane Austen y elements But nuanced Persuasion retelling this was not and for that reason I kind of wish it had been inspired by and less straightforward retelling

  10. says:

    Hmm Okay how do I say this without sounding kinda crazy? I accepted this for review but I was really unsure of whether I was going to like it That makes me sound like a jackass so let me explain it's contemporary and it has a gorgeous cover those are 2 things that put my guard up because contemporary no matter how much excellent contemporary I read translates to fluff in my stubborn mind and I've been burned by the Pretty Cover Curse one to many times But I liked Juliet's excerpt last year and talking about her with the book so I was willing to accept it and hope for the best I mean it's so pretty  But me hoping for the best is kinda laughable so I was still a little nervous when I picked this up that I was going to read it not like it and then have to be a jerkface to the sweet JulietAnd Oh me of little faith This was so good It's great chick lit without being fluffy or throw away and I was amazed at how simultaneously Juliet was able to be very contemporary and modern and still very faithful to the Persuasion There are some changes that are of a departure than others but in a way that both worked for the story Juliet was telling and as a logical modern extrapolation of the original There were so many times that I found myself thinking 'Huh that was a clever use of ' And because of this it provided another layer of enjoyment that I wasn't expecting It works as a modern romance it works as a Persuasion retelling and it works as this sort of Easter egg filled nod to Jane and Janeites with all of these little bits of really well plotted parallels to the stories Jane toldIt's not just in plot points that Juliet was faithful though For all their modern sensibilities and the way their habits interests and tendencies would have to be adapted to fit the setting Archer's characters remained true at their core to the characters they were based on Take Mrs Clay for example in Archer's version she has wormed her way into the lives of Sir Walter and Lisa aka Elizabeth as a fake French masseuse who flatters the vanity of both Elliots and makes herself indespensible to them Her grasping social climbing using her wiles ways are a bit bold than Mrs Clay but all the well suited to a modern adaptation because of that She's still very much Mrs Clay and everyone can see through her except those who need to it just works Similarly Rick's treatment of Anna in the beginning and his spiteful little thrill of pleasure the first time he sees her and she's looking worn down and messy things like this were a great interpretation of Persuasion done in a way that makes rings true to the modern reader Twists like this were really clever and fun to meNow I've talked a lot about how faithful this is but I want to be clear it's not just a regurgitation of Persuasion in a modern setting; Archer did adapt some things and completely change some things but she did so in a really sensible way that I don't think would much bother even most ardent faithful Janeites  This is not the chaste love story of Austen's time nor is that necessary or even very believable in a modern setting This is very modern and very relatable to today's audience even those who haven't read or gasp didn't like Austen but most of all it's just really readable I have a habit of not picking books up until late into the night when I should be sleeping This book had me repeatedly uestioning just how much sleep I really neededAll told I'm definitely going to be picking up Archer's The Importance of Being Emma  for next year's Jane in June

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