“The fog, which clouded the past, lifted and he was able to clearly see this Anne, still as bright as anything. This was the Annie he loved the most. This Annie had haunted his dreams for years. This was the little brown-eyed ghost he cursed when the occasional black mood settled in.” (page 17)
I love all of Jane Austen’s stories but my favorite one is definitely Persuasion. After reading it again earlier this year I decided to try some other books based on Persuasion. I was kind of surprised about how little was out there. Obviously I knew there wasn’t going to be as many as have been written about Pride and Prejudice but I was still expecting more.
Of what I’ve read so far, my favorite companion story to Persuasion is the Frederick Wentworth, Captain books by Susan Kaye which tells the story from Wentworth’s perspective. The first book, None But You, starts with Wentworth just returned to England and continues on from there. But it also has Wentworth’s memories of his earlier time with Anne and how he has struggled to move on from that.
“For a moment, he thought of her as fading away. His memories of her had dimmed over time but being back in her company had recharged them and made them vivid again. It hurt him to think the woman herself was less than she had once been.” (page 178)
Frederick Wentworth, Captain is described as a novel in two parts and None But You ends just after the accident in Lyme. I had barely started None But You when I knew I had to go ahead and order the second book, For You Alone, because I would want to keep on reading. I really wish there were more books in the series!
From The Cover: Eight years ago, when he had nothing but his future to offer, Frederick Wentworth fell in love with Anne Elliott, the gentle daughter of a haughty, supercilious baronet. Sir Walter Elliott refused to countenance a marriage, and Anne’s godmother, Lady Russell, strongly advised Anne against him. Persuaded by those nearest to her, Anne had given him up; and he had taken his broken heart to sea.
When Jane Austen’s Persuasion opens in the year 1814, Frederick Wentworth, now a famous and wealthy captain in His Majesty’s Navy, finds himself back in England and, as fate would have it, residing as a guest in Anne’s former home. Now it is the Baronet who is in financial difficulties, and Anne exists only at her family’s beck and call. For eight long years, Frederick had steeled his heart against her. Should he allow Anne into his heart again, or should he look for love with younger, prettier women in the neighborhood who regard him as a hero?
The mature sweetness of Jane Austen’s Persuasion is brought to life in Wytherngate Press’s None But You, the first in the two-volume series Frederick Wentworth, Captain by Susan Kaye.
Just One More Thing: “They had shared the seafaring life together in many parts of the world. Now, it was clear, one of them would never partake of that life again. Another’s future was clouded by grief and uncertainty. The third would return to the sea and, no doubt, wring out of her as much glory as she would ever allow.” (page 201)
This Edition: Paperback published by Wythergate Press (2007)
Part 2 Of This Series: For You Alone
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