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I find this book harsher than Jane Austen’s other books, but that just makes it stand out from her other more popular books.
The main character Anne is twenty-seven, unmarried, mostly ignored by her father and older sister and motherless since her childhood. Her family have overspent and must change their lifestyle or move somewhere cheaper; appearances must be kept so her father and sister move to Bath and their estate is let to the sister and brother-in-law of the man, Captain Wentworth, Anne loved but rejected eight years ago.
Anne stays with her younger sister in a neighbouring village but frequently sees Captain Wentworth and has to watch him court the daughters of their neighbours who are very interested in this rich and handsome Captain. However Anne’s luck seems to be changing as another man arrives who is very interested in her, might she marry yet?