Author: Jane Austen
Originally published: 1818
Publisher/Date: Recorded Books, LLC – 2001
Performed by: Flo Gibson
Dates listened to: 1/4/17 – 1/22/17
Though this is the last complete novel written by author Jane Austen, the name of the book was decided by her brother Henry and published after her death. A sweet love story about Anne Elliott and Captain Frederick Wentworth, their friends and relatives is set in early 19th century England. One needs a family tree for each of the main families and each of their friends. And, indeed, if you actually read the book instead of listen to it you will find the genealogical chart attached.
Anne and Frederick were originally engaged to be married seven years prior to the start of the story. Anne’s mother had died and the Lady Russell who lived next door and mentored Anne, persuaded her to not marry at the tender age of 19. Anne agreed but never forgot her first love, nor he his. At times I just wanted the pair to approach each other and declare their love – but then we wouldn’t have an engaging story nor the details of relationships among this delightful assemblage of characters.