by Jane Austen
In BriefHaving unwillingly foregone her only love eight years before, Anne Elliot has few prospects of marriage until Captain Frederick Wentworth – who has far exceeded his earlier humble expectations – comes back into her life. But Ann is not the only one with her eye on the dashing naval officer.
Why you should read itJane Austen's last completed novel is, for many, the favourite. Less famous than Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility, it catches the vanity of society and the melancholy of missed opportunity to perfection.