Mercy’s Embrace: an Austenprose Top Ten Persuasion Favorite

Well. The Netflix adaptation of Persuasion has been a hot topic for conversation this week.

There isn’t a Jane Austen group on Facebook (and elsewhere) in which her admirers haven’t complained loud and long. Film critics have had a heyday inventing snarky titles for their articles.

The trailer and reviews have been, shall we say, disappointing. With each adaptation, I cling to the hope that a new generation will be introduced to Jane Austen’s world and share our love for her works. That’s what I tell myself about this one.

Oh well. Enough said.

“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.” -Jane Austen

In the spirit of Austen love, has come out with Top Ten Favorite Novels Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

Because we never have quite enough of Jane’s beloved characters.

Guess who made Laurel Ann’s list? That’s right, Mercy’s Embrace. To borrow a phrase from Caroline Bingley, “I am all astonishment.”

I am also humbled and honored. As you can see, Mercy’s Embrace is not a recent release.

Favorites lists are a wonderful way to find really good reads. Below is the link to Austenprose, in case you’d like to take a look.

My Top Ten Favorite Novels Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion

In other news, I am having In League with Mr. Darcy produced as an audiobook. I know, right? Scaredy-cat me, stepping out and trying stuff.

The narrator, Benjamin Fife, has voiced all ten of Maria Grace’s Jane Austen’s Dragons books. League is such a fun story, and he has the chops to do it justice. Plus, he LOVES Pride and Prejudice. Years before becoming a narrator, he binged the BBC series and was hooked.

“Always happy to lend my voice to Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy.” – Benjamin Fife

I’ll let you know once the audiobook is available. I am using Findaway Voices for distribution, so it will be on something like 40 platforms, in addition to Audible. Next up for narration will be As Only Mr. Darcy Can.

“Go big or go home” has been my watchword for this venture. I figure if listeners enjoy In League with Mr. Darcy, they’ll need another Laura Hile title available. I’ll have something new for Christmas as well. Stay tuned!

6 thoughts on “Mercy’s Embrace: an Austenprose Top Ten Persuasion Favorite

      1. Hi, Ellen.
        I think you can download a free Kindle app to your phone or PC to be able to read eBooks there.

        My books are also enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, a subscription service at Amazon, in which you pay a monthly fee and are able to read as many KU titles as you like during that month. It’s like Netflix for eBooks. Often there is a free trial period offered.

        Your local library can order books if you request them. They do, which is exciting.


  1. Totally agree with Austenprose! Your Mercy’s Embrace trilogy is an absolute favourite of mine! Congratulations! Still haven’t watched the new ‘Persuasion’ but I will eventually.

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    1. You are braver than I am, Carole, when it comes to the new Persuasion. I suppose I will watch it sometime, probably when I have a meet-up with author friends.

      Thanks for the props for Mercy’s. Admiral McGillvary steals every scene he’s in. 😀


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