Every summer I try to read at least one classic that I somehow missed in previous years. There are so many of them that I could literally spend an entire summer doing nothing but reading classics. I usually discover that I missed gems in my early years, and never more so than when I read a Jane Austen novel.
I love Jane Austen. I love the whimsical characters and the happy endings, the subterfuge and the misunderstandings. Persuasion has all of these things, yet it's not my favorite Austen novel. It was published posthumously and maybe had Austen had time to polish it a bit, it would have read a little better. There is less dialogue in this novel than in other Austens, and the beginning is slow. But by the time Anne Elliott and her erstwhile beau, Frederick Wentworth, are reunited, I was smiling. Any Austen is many times better than a lot of what's published today.
Here is my amazon review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2H64HH1Q9X7P/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm . Please visit and vote if you are so inclined.