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  • Copertina flessibile: 320 pagine
  • Editore: Paintbox Pub (7 settembre 2012)
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 095457222X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954572228
  • Peso di spedizione: 318 g
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Searching for Captain Wentworth è un romanzo di ispirazione austeniana che richiama la storia di Persuasione e che fa dei viaggi nel tempo la sua caratteristica principale.

Protagonista è Sophie Elliot, una giovane donna che si trasferisce momentaneamente a Bath, nella vecchia casa della sua prozia, per guarire dalla ferita di un tradimento e per dedicarsi finalmente alla stesura di un libro di respiro austeniano.
Lì conosce il suo affascinante vicino, Josh, e, proprio grazie a un guanto bianco perso da questi, Sophie si ritrova a viaggiare nel tempo, vestendo i panni della sua antenata Sophia, vissuta circa 200 anni prima. Nella nuova realtà fa la conoscenza addirittura di Jane Austen e della sua famiglia, stringendo un legame speciale con il fratello della scrittrice, Charles, malvisto, però, dai familiari di Sophia, troppo attenti alla condizione sociale di una persona, piuttosto che al suo vero valore.
Il romanzo ci suggerisce quindi che, in realtà, la storia di Persuasione richiami molto da vicino quella di Sophie e Charles, nonché quella di Jane Austen, che, non potendo realizzare il suo sogno d'amore, provvide a confezionarne uno per la sua eroina Anne.

Il libro è molto ben scritto, e l'autrice descrive con dovizia di particolari la città di Bath, riuscendo a renderci partecipi della storia sia quando questa è ambientata nel presente, che nel passato.
Di solito preferisco non leggere romanzi i cui personaggi siano realmente esistiti, ma in Searching for Captain Wentworth Jane Austen e i suoi familiari sono davvero adorabili.
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2.0 su 5 stelle Mystifying time-shifting; implausible romance 11 agosto 2016
Di Debbie B. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I have a great deal of admiration for Jane Odiwe and have really enjoyed other books she's written. This is a difficult review to write because I recognize what others enjoyed in the tale that I did not, and it also seems as though others found more satisfaction/credibility in the romance than I did. I also found that the ending, instead of enlightening me, confused me as much as what preceded it.

The story is set in the present day and written in first person by Sophie Elliot, an aspiring writer who goes to Bath to find inspiration for her novel. This is "her" book. (Something that truly bothered me throughout is that, whenever the subject of her writing comes up, characters who have never read a word she's authored assume that she's a fabulous writer, and they encourage her.) Anyway, the home she's staying in has been in her family for generations, and it's right next door to where Jane Austen's family once lived. She can feel the presence of her ancestors who seem to hover around.

The writing itself is as exquisite as Ms. Odiwe's prose always is. Using Sophie's voice, she lingers lovingly over descriptions of the furnishings and antiques contained in the home as well as the historical glories of Bath. Personally, I could've done without most of that, but I understand that others soak it all up. I just felt it took an awfully long time for any semblance of a plot to emerge.

Sophie has a neighbor she hasn't met yet, but she sees him on the street outside her window and he drops a glove. She runs outside and picks it up but then can't find him to return it. When she first meets Josh Strafford face-to-face, he's so drop-dead gorgeous that she can't even speak. I'm sorry, but I hadn't exactly warmed up to her character yet, and her reaction here bugged me more than I can say. She does the same thing later when she sees him in a dress suit rather than jeans and he's just SO handsome that she's dumbstruck. Seems too teen-ager-ish to me. In between, she goes to the museum where he's coordinating an exhibit and they end up having dinner together, which ends when she inexplicably becomes self-conscious and starts babbling, leading him to believe she wants him outa there. Yet he continues to be interested in her, and the explanation (I assume) is that they have some kind of instant connection when they touch. Seems a lot more like lust than love to me, but this being a romance novel, I guess it's silly for me to be thinking realistically. That just addresses the relationship part in the current day.

Interspersed with her ramblings around Bath and interactions with Josh, Sophie has found herself thrown back in time living the life of her ancestor, Sophia Elliot, whose situation closely mirrors that of Anne Elliot in Persuasion: snooty father (Mr. Elliot) and older sister (Emma), hypochondriac younger sister (Marianne), and sympathetic but class-conscious aunt (Mrs. Randall). The Austens live next door, and Sophia quickly becomes friends with Jane, Cassandra, and their brother Charles, a friendship her family does not encourage because of their lower social standing. Yet again, she is drawn magnetically to Charles, a naval officer, and he to her. They encounter each other at various gatherings around Bath and whenever Sophia can sneak away from her snarky family.

Once again, descriptions abound regarding the settings and the clothing. The plot just languishes and moves forward at what feels to me like a snail's pace.

It is never clear how much Sophie (current day) is present in Sophia (19th century) besides inhabiting her body. It is stated often that Sophie is not sure what to say but finds herself responding appropriately without thought. At other times, Sophie seems to be the one determining her actions. Are they linked, as if Sophia is Sophie reincarnated? I just don't understand it. And there's also an implication that Sophie's mother and perhaps her great-aunt have had similar experiences. How? Even though the old rosewood box was around for them to examine, the item that triggers this transformation for Sophie was not.

The other element is that Sophie bops back and forth between time zones several times and usually becomes distressed about how/when she's going to get back to her correct time. But does she stop zapping herself across two centuries once she's safely home? No! Why? I have no idea. I get that she's fascinated by the history she's witnessing and by Jane Austen herself at first, but would she really want to risk getting stranded in somebody else's family, especially in such a disagreeable family? She's also trying to dodge William Glanville (similar to William Elliot) who Emma wants to snag as a husband; he keeps paying attention to Sophia no matter how much she tries to dissuade him. If she just stays safely in the 21st century, she won't have to deal with him. But she's SO attracted to Charles that she just can't help herself and keeps sliding back to see him or to see the Austen sisters again. And the fact that she accepts a marriage proposal in the 1800s is just ridiculous, unless she's decided she's going to stay there and never return. If that's so, you would think there would be some reflection about that, but she says nothing on that significant subject.

I won't spoil the "surprise" ending, but I found it raised as many questions as it answered. Perhaps it is all meant to stay mysterious, but I wanted a LOT more explanation than I got. Despite the beauty of the writing, this was a very unsatisfying read.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Follow the white....not rabbit this time...but a white glove 14 marzo 2015
Di S. L. Majczan - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
It seems I have been reading more than a few Persuasion related novels recently, including the scenes JA never wrote WIP on the Jane Austen Variations site. From modern to time traveling they have all been enjoyable. The Captain's letter, alone, make Persuasion a dear treasure.

I have to say, that this book was highly recommended by many. But I did find that it didn't draw me in immediately. Sophie's day-to-day wanderings around Bath, her observations of her neighbor, Josh, her senses of hearing voices or seeing shadowy glimpses while occupying the top floor of her relatives' apartment dating back to JA times, kept me trying to find a thread to hint at where this was going. In this time travel Sophie Elliot goes back and forth more than once. And I couldn't figure out if this was going to be an Outlander type of love story (with two love interests) or if she was going to be stuck in the past or regretful of unfulfilled opportunities when thinking back on her time travel from the present.

Then in reading of Jane Austen's family's history, Sophie knows what happens with Charles Austen, Jane's brother, and in being Josh's guest at the his exhibit, she also witnesses him rush to the side of and throw his arms around a beautiful dark-haired young lady. So is she to only experience the "it's better to have loved and lost" in both ages or does fate have something better planned?

The author does give us many vivid descriptions of past and present locations, houses, and clothing as well as physical appearances of the actors. I have only visited Bath very briefly while on a trip to Great Britain so I have to experience all of that through the eyes of someone who has a greater knowledge and experience. Jane Odiwe does not disappoint in that.

This is a book that I think I must re-read because in knowing the outcome I can better appreciate what was going on from the beginning. Yes, I am the type who many times, but not always, will go to the end to learn with whom our main character ends up or "even who done it". Terrible, I know, but I read more carefully with foreknowledge.

I did pay attention to the circumstances Jane Austen and her family experienced and made the connections to what she wrote of in her books, i.e., the class divides and snobbery.
5.0 su 5 stelle Ahhh, we all need our Captain Wentworth 10 febbraio 2013
Di Nodin - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
How I loved Persuasion! I always felt that perhaps there was a little more of Jane Austen in this story than some of her others, it was as though she spoke more personally, reminiscing maybe.

Jane Odiwe chose to write from the perspective of a descendent of a friend of the Austen family, who lived nearby and shared acquaintences and friendship with the Austen girls. The house in Bath where the story takes place had been kept in the family, so our modern heroine got the chance to stay there, where a lot of the history had been kept as it was in Jane's time.

I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to go back in time and peek into a little more detail in Jane Austen's life - where would we be without imagination and speculation? The story made me feel almost as if we did indeed know more of her personally, perhaps what might have survived in her letters to her sister.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Time Well Spent 19 febbraio 2013
Di L. Hartness - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
In Searching for Captain Wentworth, I have found such a lovely mixture of some of my favorite things. What could be better? Austenesque fiction? Check. Jane Odiwe, one of my preferred authors? Check. Time travel!?!? I was in love before I even began this novel. Throw in Jane's unexpected and surprising thanks to me in her acknowledgements (a first for me as a reviewer!), and I was positively biased by the time I began reading. I will do my best to present a balanced opinion, but the scales were already pre-weighted, I believe!

Although I have shamefully not read Jane Austen's Persuasion, I have come to love the story in recent years through retellings and some of the cinematic versions. While Searching for Captain Wentworth is not a retread of that classic novel, several elements are woven into the story. We have the setting of Bath, England, lovers torn apart over time and space, leaps off the Cobb and much more. A man who could easily stand in for the titular character is frequently about, and as in Persuasion, we root for him to finally be with the woman he loves.

In addition to fans of Persuasion, those who enjoyed Bid Time Return and its film version Somewhere in Time would love this as well. As in Richard Matheson's tale, Odiwe's novel has a talisman which affects the time in which the main character inhabits. In Somewhere in Time, it's a modern penny which has the unfortunate power to throw Richard Collier back to the present after falling in love while in the past. In Searching for Captain Wentworth, we have a white glove that has the power to send modern Sophia in either direction--back or forward in time, sometimes with similarly frustrating results. There's a yearning there in Sophia's heart that very much reminds me of the pain that Collier had in his experience.

Jane Austen herself makes appearances frequently in the novel, as do many of her family members. After just reading an Austen biography not too long ago, I enjoyed spending time with these characters and getting to know them better, with the new perspective that was in my mind. Of course Odiwe takes her own liberties with history, but I think the choices she made with her Jane Austen and family were good ones and certainly possible scenarios for our beloved authoress. I'm also pleased that her brother Charles was such a prominent character, and even wish he had been given more time on the page.

In the interest of a completely honest, balanced review, I can say that Searching for Captain Wentworth is not my favorite of Jane Odiwe's as far as her style of writing. There seemed to be a different tone this time around. There was a bit more emphasis on describing the minute details of each environment, and at times I felt this slowed down the story. Others may appreciate this attention however, as it does allow the reader to feel more ingrained within the scenes. There also seemed to be an inexplicable shortage for commas from time to time, but if that is my most powerful complaint, Mrs. Odiwe is doing just fine.

Searching for Captain Wentworth is an excellent choice for a wide array of readers. It's a sweet, clean love story. It's a time-travel science fiction fantasy. And it allows us to once again transport ourselves into the world of Jane Austen and her characters. So many elements come together in a lovely mixture of literary delights. Jane Odiwe has given her readers their very own talisman with which they can be delivered into a world that has been, and will continue to be, savored time and time again.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Romance hangover - in a good way 27 gennaio 2013
Di CA - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Wow- I could NOT get my nose out of this book, and it left me with a romance hangover for days- I actually felt a bit bereft for leaving the story. This is definitely a story that will captivate the reader, and the strength of emotion is quite powerful. I have to give 5+ stars to any book that keeps me thinking/wondering/pondering/ruminating as much as this one did. I am reluctant to compare authors, but this had a bit of the Susanna-Kearsley-paranormal-historical-romance about it -the mood and emotional impact were very similar. Which I loved, loved, loved.

The book is complex in that there are several concurrent themes - Jane Austen's life, love and romance, injustice of class distinction, time travel, and motivation/inspiration of an author. The nature of how the author uses time travel is very unique. When Sophie is transported back in time, she inhabits the body/mind of her ancestor - another Sophie. So she shares her life experiences but remains conscious of her present-day self. While re-living these experiences, our heroine, also an aspiring author, contemplates events and relationships which may have motivated Jane Austen's "Persuasion," while unavoidably falling in love with......well, you'll see.

This is a very sweet and heart-wrenching romance, and very unusual, as you find yourself rooting for two heroes and two romances, not one, and they are both wonderful. It was difficult to believe there could not be broken hearts at the end. The modern day romance is not quite as enthralling as the past romance, but the passion and emotional turmoil make this a page-turner.

When I first read this, I had not read any of Jane Austen's work. But after reading Odiwe's book, I was fascinated by the speculation of what Jane's life and motivation was and may have been. Consequently, I went on to read Persuasion, and it was a delight to be able to make the connections between Austen's work and Odiwe's book. Whether you have read Austen or not, this is still a fascinating book. I applaud Odiwe for taking on this very interesting perspective.