Persuasion by Jane Austen ❤

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“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.” 

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One word to describe this book: TIME. 

Awww this book pierced by my heart a thousand times! This was the second time I’ve read it, and my ratings went up from 4 to 5. I just had this sudden realization that this book can affect the hearts of many, and indeed it is realistic. Realistic in a way that even though this most likely happened in the 19th century, it is still possible to be attached to people nowadays.

What I dearly love about this book is that it teaches us about time.

What if you fell in love with someone so much you will do everything for them and fight the world just to be with that person? But when your family told you that you are thinking too much and you are making the right decisions to change your life and it might affect your reputation that you must leave the person you love? Anne Elliot’s love for Mr. Wentworth became like this. They were so in love until Anne’s relative persuaded her not to marry Mr. Wentworth because they think he is not worthy for her. 

Then after 8 years they meet again. 

Anne felt the deepest regret in her whole life, that is, leaving Captain Wentworth brokenhearted, now she has to see him again with all the ladies falling head over heels with him. Now Anne comes face-to-face with the deep regret of her old decision, and her abiding love for Wentworth, as she wonders if a long ago love can be rekindled.

It’s pretty sad. I felt how she tried to contain herself from all the feelings she felt ever since. Every time she sees him, all her feelings kept rushing back so fast, her heart thickens every time she meets him, even if they only said a few words and very little exchanges of glances. 

I feel Anne in her suffering towards her love for Captain Wentworth. And indeed, we all can relate to her. Loving someone, but both of you separated because it is the wrong time, that quotation of "Falling in love with the right person at the wrong time" is profoundly a fact. I think it works well with everyone. But to do justice, it’s practically efficient to think realistically otherwise both will die of regret. 

I cried. I always cry at period dramas. Especially at Jane Austen’s books. 

In the lovers of this book, they show a compatible emotion that they shared eight years ago and thinking that those feelings might still be felt until now. I mean like imagine, 8 years? 8 years have freakin passed and almost every thing changes! Your looks, your likes and dislikes, your ways, well not always but come to think of it, it is a very long time! How can you still retain your feelings for that person?

Unless, you loved that person so much you think of them every time you wake up and they’re also the last person that comes into your mind before you sleep. You imagine them with you, all the wandering, all the bittersweet memories you try to forget but you just cannot because deep down, with all the denial you do it would not work. Simply because you still love that person, that love that never fades until the day grows old.

They realized that love can never change even though time passes. Indeed it is a very strong love, one that can defy everything against all odds. In the future, they will try to see if their feelings are still mutual, not to be trashed and not to be blamed. I feel that love is very beautiful and honest.

Love waits. And that I am very jealous.

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TIME. 

Why did I chose time as my word of description? Time plays a very underrated role in the book and even though it doesn’t seem to show in pages, time plays a very important role for the situation. 

It simply shows that time can change things, make people change but feelings, are hard to disguise. If the truth shows, the denial weakens. You may only see it through the person’s eyes, and the person’s eyes only. 

Obviously this is a romance novel, but what differs to me about what Jane Austen did was to show how much she criticized the world before in ways where a women must be beautiful and youthful enough to marry and not end up like an old maid. But besides from that, she created a wonderful love story in between. 

Below are photos from the BBC adaptation of Persuasion: 

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Of course I have watched this, but the book is 10x better. 

But I have felt the feelings of Anne and Wentworth more all thanks to this adaptation. Lovely on-screen kiss!

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Book Review: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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

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One word to describe this book: BEAUTIFUL.


What more can I say about this book except for love and praise for dearest Jane Austen as a wonderful author of the best love stories. In my case, I’ve always enjoyed her books and never cease to forget every story she has ever written. This is the 3rd to the last book of my Jane Austen marathon and I will continue it with a mix of other classic novels.

This book has captivated hearts of so many people specifically, women;  and I guess not in my age really, I’m just 17 and not all people really do enjoy reading classic novels because of the unfamiliar words and strange way or writing. Too precise? I think not. I must say I enjoy reading classic novels than reading other books that only has a very moderate level of vocabulary. It’s nice to encounter new words in every page.

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

You’ll love this book! There’s a dash of comedy too!

5 of 5 stars. ♥

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Book Review: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

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“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.

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One word to describe this book: FAMILY.


Alright I guess I’m the only person who’s gonna describe this book as it’s about the importance of the family and the relationship itself, but I’m also going to relate the beautiful love story of somewhat very close and lifelong friendship of Fanny Price and her cousin Edmund.

Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighborhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever.

Fanny’s story is one we all actually know - one of those situations in life where we have no power to do anything but watch. This is symbolised in the book when the other characters decide to start a play and Fanny refuses to take part; it is her status and her morals that prevent her from interferring in the plot, much as her being unable to act and unable to disobey her uncle stops her from joining in the play.

Great book, a lot of things to learn in the end I’m sure. ;) It’s a classic, an Austen favorite.

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Book Review: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”


One word to describe this book: SWEET.

Alright, you guys maybe thinking that I’m the only one in the whole world to describe this book as being sweet. Well, I think this book contains more than just the normal Jane Austen love story attached in her every book. I must say that this book has certain aura and story that developed me into somewhat aware and appreciative of gothic, and classic novels in my entire life. This is a classic book of course, but to be honest, there are elements that make this book really unique and different from a normal Jane Austen novel. 

I must say that I love the character of Catherine Morland. Very young, at the tender age of seventeen, who loves reading books (like me haha) well, she mostly is addicted to gothic novels, I’m not very much fond of it but she does in a way that it makes her realize that these stories might or let’s say, can come to life. With her such vivid and strong imagination, Catherine explores her world and what brings her to what she is now in this beautiful novel.

I recommend this book VERY MUCH!!

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Book Review: The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

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One word to describe this book: ENTERTAINING.

Okay let’s face it, this is a Bridget Jones meets a modern day Pride and Prejudice, The Jane Austen Marriage Manual is probably one of the most enjoyable ‘chic lit’ books I’ve read in a long time.

It focuses more on how to compare our generation now to the time in the 1800’s where it’s mostly people live a Jane Austen novel. It’s very particular that when you’re a girl, you only wait to grow older and find a husband to satisfy your needs. Well, nowadays, Kate Shaw is trying to mend her life and trying to see if she can live in times like how would Jane Austen do it; by simply, looking for a husband of a good fortune.

It’s an enjoyable read, it made me laugh so much which made me finish this book in just one day. I’m never really a fan of chic-lits, so I wasn’t that determined to read this book at first, I just bought it for the sake of it’s a Jane Austen inspired book. Heck. It’s funny, but its not that Pride and Prejudice retelling classic. Nope, it’s just a great book on how to marry a billionaire. Haha!

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Book Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth-Grahame Smith

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

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One word to describe this book: AWESOME.

I have this funny feeling that mostly all the books I’m mostly interested these days are the most sought-after weird post-apocalyptic ones that is so weird filled with monsters and everything really supernatural. What I love about this book is that it’s a classic twist of events! Who wouldn’t love that? I have just been a big Jane Austen fan for reading Pride and Prejudice and I’m really on the verge of reading the rest of her wonderful novels too. I was just so in love with the Austenesque life.

Alright, this book is mainly the classic novel Pride and Prejudice with a funny twist of zombies beside the pages. I never expected this! I checked on Goodreads on the reviews and they are good as hell and I’m so in love with the cover! So I grabbed the chance and bought the book.

What I can say about this is that it’s an absolute original, even though it’s also the same with the classic novel, I felt how the characters are somehow connected to the zombie-effect with all the twist and turns and all the fighting and killing scenes. Of course, the love story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy never went away and all the flutter in my heart are still fresh in my mind. I do love this book, it’s mysterious, thrilling and romantic at the same time! With all the comedy of morals and manners that is a Jane Austen signature.

I do recommend!! Read it with your heart’s content! (especially if you’re a huge Jane Austen fan)

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Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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One word to describe this book: SIMPLICITY.

Simplicity at its finest. I can never judge this book ever. Its been a while since I made book review about classic novels and hate me for not attending to my resolution to read one classic novel every month. Well I must say that it is a hard job for me for I have been busy the last couple of weeks but from now on, I’ll try my best to read more classical books.

This book is beautiful, simple and worthy of praise. I have to thank Jane Austen for such a brightening and wonderful novel to share to us. I’ve known Pride and Prejudice years before but never had the chance to read it because I think it’s going to be boring and deep. But I was totally wrong. The love story of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth is really one for the books. I totally understand now by the it has been given that title. Both are very opposite indeed. Mr Darcy is a very arrogant, selfish and disdain while Elizabeth is kind, smart and very thoughtful for the feelings of others. The two made an intimate connection by doing sarcastic remarks every time they meet. Feeling that it is the only way to for them to understand each other.

I also watched the movie, which also gave me complete understanding of it all. The people that I have imagined it would be and of course the very own Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. I have to tell you that this is my favorite movie of all time, I can never express so much how I cried at the last part of the movie.

The love story of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth is very simple yet absolutely lovely. You may want to have Mr Darcy as your husband I swear. He’s just very sweet and deep, very understanding and when he loves, just like how he loves Elizabeth, he loves compassionately, irrevocably and incandescently. I really want to have my own Mr Darcy, but sadly, men like them don’t exist anymore.

Read this book, because Jane Austen really wants you to read it.

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