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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway -Much Ado About Persuasion Author: Barbara Cornthwaite On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book: Much Ado About Persuasion

Author: Barbara Cornthwaite

Genre: Historical/Jane Austen Retelling

Release date: May 3, 2022

Some duel with swords, others with ships. In love, however, they duel with hearts.

When Sir Walter Elliot, secret admirer of the Navy, invites officers to visit his estate, what could be more natural than for his two daughters to find themselves in love?

Elizabeth Elliot’s legendary, bitter pride clashes with Admiral Baldwin’s stubborn conceit until any hope of a match seems impossible. They say love conquers all, but does it?

All looks hopeful for Anne Elliot and the dashing Captain Wentworth, but when a cousin steps in and sets evil plans into motion, is their love enough to withstand the storm, or is it best to let the captain sail that ship… alone?

Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing meets Jane Austen’s Persuasion in this story about trust, disappointment, and disguises.


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About the Author

Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her six children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.


More from Barbara

I discovered Jane Austen in college when I was required to read Pride and Prejudice. This was in the dark ages before the famous adaptations, and I knew nothing about the storyline. In fact, I expected it to be depressing, probably because the title sounded similar to War and Peace. It was a delightful surprise to be charmed by the novel, and I went on to read all Austen’s other books on my own. Each of them have a special place in my heart. I love Emma so much that I wrote a two-book parallel novel for it (the George Knightley, Esquire series). I also have novellas based on Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma in the A Very Austen anthologies. This book, however, is the first thing I’ve written based on Persuasion.

Shakespeare I met in high school, and furthered my acquaintance with him in college. Much Ado About Nothing is, I think, my favorite of his plays (although there are several close contenders for the top spot). His grasp of character is unmatched, and his language, even after five hundred years, is striking.

Mixing the stories of these two authors has been great fun, and redeeming a couple of characters who didn’t learn anything from their mistakes in the original stories gives my version a spiritual twist. I hope you enjoy it!

My Thoughts

I have been able to read Barbara Cornthwaite's work before so I was excited to see a historical fiction book pop into my TBR list. Much Ado About Persuasion is a Historical Fiction/Jane Austen Retelling story. I have not really read a ton of Jane Austen stories, but what I have read I have always enjoyed. One of the best things about this book is how the author blended Shakespeare and Austen together and created her own story. While I have not read the books these are based on, I don't feel like I missed out on anything. 

Sir Walter Elliot invites other officers to his home, and his daughters fall in love. I mean, wasn't that the point? Elizabeth Elliot and  Admiral Baldwin’s story made me laugh several times. She has some pride, he can be conceited. It reminds me how opposites can attract. I liked their character and found myself chuckling several times. Her sister Anne is hopeful about her growing relationship with Captain Wentworth. But there is family meddling. I enjoyed seeing their stories unfold. 

I felt the author wrote her time period well. She always sprinkles in wit and humor in her books and that is one of the reasons that I like to read her work. The characters were engaging, and well developed. It did take me a few chapters to get fully invested in the story, but once I was I did not want to put the book down. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book, all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 17

Texas Book-aholic, June 18

Miriam Jacob, June 18

A Reader’s Brain, June 19

Britt Reads Fiction, June 20

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 20

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions , June 21

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 22

For Him and My Family, June 22

Inklings and notions, June 23

deb’s Book Review, June 24

Of Blades and Thorns, June 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 25

Connie’s History Classroom, June 26

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen, June 26

She Lives To Read, June 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 28

Sylvan Musings, June 28

Labor Not in Vain, June 29

Back Porch Reads, June 30

Melissa’s Bookshelf, June 30


To celebrate her tour, Barbara 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.


  1. This sounds like a good book and one I will enjoy.

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Much Ado About Persuasion, this sounds like a great story and I am looking forward to reading it myself

  3. Wit and humor in a story is always a plus with me. I like the concept of combining these two classics.

  4. Congratulations on you release of Much Ado About Persuasion, Barbara, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your Jane Austen retelling and it sounds like a great and fascinating read for me! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Connie, for sharing your thoughts! Have an amazing weekend!