By Melissa Pimentel
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Source: PublisherA smart, funny, and modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, where a young woman comes face-to-face with a lost love, proving that the one that got away is sometimes the one you get back.
Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren't.
Ten years later, Ruby's single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There's barely time for a trip to England for her little sister's wedding. And there's certainly not time to think about seeing Ethan there for the first time in years.
But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can't help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago? Because there's nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past.
Seeing as this was pitched as a modern-day Persuasion retelling, I couldn't wait to start it. I'm a sucker for any book inspired by Jane Austen, so I had some high expectations going into this one.
Ten years ago, Ruby and Ethan were madly in love. Now, not so much. Not having seen each other in years, Ruby and Ethan are thrown together for Ruby's sister's wedding in England. Ethan has definitely changed over the years and has gone from a bartender to a millionaire who has a lot going for him. Ruby tries to convince herself that she loves her life in New York, but spending time in England has her reevaluating her past and where she wants her future to go.
Like I said, I had some pretty big expectations going into this one. Sadly, from the start, I could care less about Ruby's character. There was something about her that just rubbed me the wrong way and I did not like how much she just hated her life. It had been TEN YEARS since she had moved to New York and she still wasn't content. Girl, take control of your life! She spent pretty much the whole book complaining and being super jealous of anyone who would talk to Ethan. I felt like the reason she broke it off with Ethan seemed like it was teated as not that big of a deal. The event that caused the break up sounded so wrong yet no one mentioned that or delved deeper into that event (Sorry to sound super vague, I just don't want to spoil anything).
Also, there were plot points that seemed to be done for the sake of the plot, which I am never a fan of. I want to say that almost five times either one of them was going to finally confront the other about the past, but someone or something conveniently interrupted them. It was fine the first time, but then just got redundant and annoying. I wasn't even in love with any of the side characters and the ending was super rushed with nothing really being talked about or fleshed out.
Overall, this was a huge miss for me. This took over a week for me to get through because I had no motivation to pick it up. I really didn't click with the main character and just got more annoyed with each passing page. While this had potential to be another great Jane Austen inspired novel, it just wasn't for me.