I think I may have found a new Austen favorite! Persuasion, where have you been all my life? I think I’m in love with this book 😍  This is one of Austen’s later works and it shows! Everything from the tone to the relationships to the heroine, Miss  Anne Elliot,  is more mature.

Yes, I love the romance aspect– Captain Wentworth is certainly swoonworthy– but what I love most about this book is the family relationships and friendships. This particular set of characters is the most relatable I’ve come across in all of Austen’s stories. It’s sometimes hard for me to remember that Austen’s stories are set during a real time period because her writing and characters are so different from what I’m used to, and this makes it difficult to immerse myself in the setting. But this was not a problem with Persuasion!This lovely illustration by C.E. Brock is my favorite so far because it depicts a scene that could very well happen today! Anne’s young nephew is jumping on her while she’s attending to her other nephew and Captain Wentworth pulls him off her. It’s such a normal situation that Austen doesn’t often write about.
I adore Anne and most of the secondary characters and I highly recommend this book for anyone simply looking for a nice, light read or anyone looking for a book to write a paper on!

“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!” 

-Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility 

I have less than 100 pages left in Sense and Sensibility and, even though I know it has a happy ending, I’m kind of worried about how Austen is going to pull it off…It seems like Marianne and Elinor have so far to go to find happiness but they both deserve it so much! I love the above quote from Marianne because it’s such a progressive thought during that period, even if she meant it in a sillier way. Women’s desires and requirements weren’t taken much into account back then, so much love to Austen for creating girls like Marianne and Elinor who aren’t afraid to stand up and think for themselves 💕 Even in today’s more “progressive” world, women still sometimes need the reminder that it’s OK to put yourself first! 
*Illustration by C.E. Brock