A Grand-slam of a Jane Austen Persuasion Prequel…

Author Kimberly Truesdale has clearly hit a grand slam with this incurable romantic!  She has crafted a Jane Austen Persuasion prequel of the first order in every way.  The romance involves the young and charismatic Captain Conrad Croft and how he meets the love of his life Sophy Wentworth.  Both the Crofts and Wentworths are friends and neighbors living in a small hamlet near the seacoast.  Sophy loves her life there and has the respect and fondness of everyone in the community as the daughter of the town physician.  The new young curate has his eye on her for his partner in marriage and indeed Sophy is much attracted to him.  However, young and dashing Captain Croft returns to his family and hometown after 14 years making his fortune at sea.  He chances to encounter Sophy’s youngest brother Frederick Wentworth on the road to home (yes, none other than Persuasion’s Captain Wentworth!) and persuades the reckless young man to return from planning to run away.  The lively and animated young captain meets Sophy and the electric magnetism between the two begins almost immediately. They are thrown together quite often as the two families are so closely knit by distance and friendship and Sophy begins to dream about the world that Captain Croft so magically tells about in his adventures on board ship.  Poor Sophy! She agonizes about whom she should marry: The safe and secure life with the young curate or the risky but adventurous life with the enthusiastic young sailor.  The author’s handling of the budding romance between Sophy and Captain Croft is some of the most endearing, heart-swelling dialogue I have yet encountered in an historical romance or ANY romance for that matter.  The private thoughts and hopes of the hero and heroine are simply exquisite.  For anyone familiar with Persuasion we all know the outcome but the “getting there” in My Dear Sophy is almost unparalleled in a work of this kind.  So taken was I with this tale that I went and immediately downloaded the author’s other work The Wrong Woman.  What a talent! What a story! Would Jane Austen approve? I should think so!    

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