Jane Austen completed Persuasion in August 1816. It was to be her last book. She left us with the story of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth, and she left them approaching happily ever after. What happens the day following happily ever after?
The story of Kellynch picks up three years after the couple married and were able to secure the Kellynch estate from Sir Walter when cousin William Elliot agreed to waive the entailment. It would seem all is well with the young couple, but all is not as it seems.
Kellynch is a story of deceit and treachery as well as courage and overcoming the odds. It is a story in which those who were assumed to be friends are not and where support comes from unexpected places. Love again will be tested in a story set against the backdrop of historical events.
Throughout the audiobook, I have remained true to the characters as Miss Austen created them. I sought to develop and introduce new characters that would meet with her approval.
What members say
Interesting continuation of Jane Austen
I had not read or listened to Jane Austen's Persuasion before although I had seen the movie. Therefore I chose to listen to Persuasion before attempting this sequel. I am really glad I did because it really helped to know who was who and what was going on. Not having lived in the early 1800's, I am not that familiar with class customs or distinctions from that time or place.
Having said all that, I did enjoy this novel. I found it to be a good continuation of the story that Jane Austen wrote in Persuasion. I did find a couple of points that I would really have trouble believing. Overall, this was a good story that could stand on its own merit as it only depends on Persuasion for the background and characters. This story does a good job of developing its characters into real believable people that you can relate to.
The narration was not the best on this one. Did not detract to much from the story so I would have to say it was acceptable. There were a couple of missed words or stumbles in reading but the accent was decent and the reading clear.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.