• Undue Influence

  • A Persuasion Retelling
  • By: Jenny Holiday
  • Narrated by: Michael Fell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+, Romance
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Second chances only come around once.

Eight years ago, Adam Elliot made the biggest mistake of his life. Now that mistake is coming back to haunt him. His family’s beloved vineyard has gone into foreclosure, and the new owner is the sister of the only man he’s ever loved - the man he dumped under pressure from family and friends who thought the match was beneath him.

When Freddy Wentworth, aka the bad boy of Bishop’s Glen, left town with a broken heart, he vowed never to return. But a recently widowed friend needs his help, so here he is. He’s a rich and famous celebrity chef now, though, so everyone can just eff right off.

But some things are easier said than done. Despite their attempts to resist each other, old love rekindles - and old wounds reopen. If they want to make things work the second time around, they’ll have to learn to set aside their pride - and prejudice.

This modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion is a standalone novel that can be enjoyed by Austen-philes and by those allergic to the nineteenth century.

©2018 by Jenny Holiday. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I have to start by saying i'm not a fan of books written in Third person especially on Audio because hearing He and Him a thousand times in a book gets annoying. The story was a sweet second chance romance with no steam to speak of. I enjoyed it but didn't connect with the characters but again I think that is because it's 3rd.

Michael Fell did a good job on this audiobook.

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Super cute

I love re telling stories and this was well done with a great narrator. I really enjoyed

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Slow

I'm an Austen fan, and I was thrilled to find this book. However, the slow tempo that makes Persuasion so compelling didn't work for Jenny Holliday's Undue Influence. It's too slow, and feels like a listing up of information rather than an insight into the lives of the protagonists. Michael Fell did a decent job, but couldn't lift the story for me.

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  • 07-25-21

angsty but nice

Having read Persuasion I knew what to generally expect. This book had a good engaging story, some likable/relatable characters and a happily ever after. Low on sex scenes, high on emotions. The switching back and forth between the past and the present was mildly stressful but a neat device and I liked getting both main guys perspectives. I'm glad I gave it a chance.