Monday, May 16, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Persuade Me by Joanne Markey


Book: Persuade Me

Author: Joanne Markey

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release date: April 5, 2022

One horrible misunderstanding. Two heartbroken people.

For seven long years, Anne Elliot of Kellynch Station quietly mourned the loss of her first love. Now that she’s finally over Fred for good, her sister offers the perfect escape: Uppercross.

This move, from one cattle station to another, offers new friends, new responsibilities, and now that she’s out from under her father’s domineering thumb, a whole new world of possibilities.

The sky is the limit.

Or maybe the sky is the perfect place for helicopter mustering pilot Fred Wentworth to spend his days. It took a while for him to regroup after their breakup, but now he’s back, he’s successful, and he’s put the past so far behind him he doesn’t even think about Anne more than a couple dozen times a day.

Life is good.

Or it was until he quite literally runs into the one person he hoped to never see again. After that, what’s a bloke to do other than rethink every lie he’d convinced himself was the truth?

Although they both seem willing to admit they were wrong all those years ago, when things take a bad turn, Anne is left to wonder… Is it too late for a reconciliation?

Persuade Me: Austen’s Persuasion meets the rugged Australian bush—plus dingoes.


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I really enjoy a good Romance book and Presuade Me by Joanna Markey intrigued me. I was honored to be able to read this book. 

It has been a LONG Seven Years for Anne Elliot. She had her first love but the LOVE ended 7yrs ago. Anne has been extremely sad about the events that led to the end of the relationship. Her sister finally convinces her to move to a different Cattle Location and Anne agrees to do so. She finally feels free from her Father demands and finally looking forward to a new chapter in her life. She feels now is the time for new friends and new adventures.  Fred Wentworth is a Helicopter Pilot and enjoys flying the skies. It took him a long time to get over the breakup with Anne Elliott. He is at a happy point in his life and has come back strong and successful. Life is going great for both Fred and Anne, until the one fateful day they run into each other. Fred had hoped that their paths would never cross again, but it happens. Anne and Fred get to talking and they both agree they were wrong all those years ago and admit to one another. Could this admission lead to forgiveness? Could there be a chance at reconcilation? 

I always enjoy stories about "Second Chance Romance", and this is one of favorite books for Second Chance Romance. The author has a wonderful writing style that keeps the reader intrigued. Anne has been at the helm of her father talking down to her and it has really affected her self esteem throughout life. Fred knew he LOVED Anne, but her Dad did not think highly of him. Anne and Fred realize that they allowed their LOVE to be broken due to the Past. I REALLY LOVE how Anne and Fred realize that they only need to trust God's plan for their lives and not others opinions of them. I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end! I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Romance books. GREAT BOOK! 


Originally from Australia, Joanne Markey now lives in Ohio with her husband and seven children. When she’s not reading or writing, you might find her wandering the property with her kids in search of whatever seasonal treasure they’re trying to find.


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Can a book be partially autobiographical without actually being an autobiography?

Probably not. Persuade Me comes close though. Not in it’s entirety, but I did draw heavily on my own life when I wrote this book. Many of the situations that occur in the book were things that happened to me back in the late ‘90s when I worked on a cattle station as station cook. I also set the book in places where we lived—stations we lived or worked on. The autobiographical part ends there though.

As a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, the family situation in Persuade Me is patterned on the Elliot family, not my own. I was easily able to imagine a family like this living in Australia though. The family pride, boasting of being descended from free settlers, knowing how long the family has been in the country to the exact generation—were all things I ran into as a kid.

Not every Australian knows how many generations of the family have lived over there (or cares to know), but in high school there was this one girl… She knew exactly how long her family had been there, and anyone who couldn’t count as many generations of Australians as she could wasn’t as Australian as her. Other people have quite plainly offered the information that their family descended from free settlers, without a single convict in the lineage. Still others can tell the exact year their first ancestor moved to Australia. All I needed was to package all of those things into one prideful being—Mr. Elliot. He doesn’t play a huge role in the story, but his influence can be felt throughout the pages.

From there it was easy to imagine him as a grazier—a station owner—who’d run into hard times. His daughter, Anne, is the heroine who has a hidden past, a broken relationship she’d rather not remember. The hero of the story can’t exactly be a ship’s captain, but there is one occupation in the bush that does bring in a lot of money—helicopter mustering—and having gotten into that line of work his personal finances have taken a drastic change for the better. I won’t spoil the story, but the rest followed in like manner.

And then came the writing… To craft a uniquely Australian book one has to use Australian terms, phrases, and spellings. And when the author has been living outside the country for 21 years, sometimes it’s hard to remember what words go with what country! We worked it all out in the end though, and if you come across a word that looks like it’s been spelled wrong—it’s the Aussie spelling, which is correct for the setting.

I hope you enjoy this contemporary retelling of Persuasion set in the Australian bush. Happy reading!

To celebrate her tour, Joanne is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a good story.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Persuade Me, this story is a must read for me and I am looking forward to it

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra, Thank you for sharing your excellent review!

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

Seeing how the couple work out problems stemming from their past in second chance romance always interests me.

Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Persuade Me sounds like a must read for me, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Happily Managing a Household of Boys, for sharing your review! Have an awesome day!

traciem said... Best Blogger Tips

Hope you have a great Sunday!

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