My Review of “Persuasion”: 3 Stars
I’m usually a big Jane Austen fan, but I suspect this must have been one of the first books she ever wrote. Almost the whole thing is in the passive voice, and she does lots of “telling” rather than “showing,” which made it hard for me to focus and care about the characters. Even at the very end when the hero and heroine inevitably confess their love for each other, she summarizes it! By contrast, her (presumably) later books were much easier to get swept up in. At least I thought so.