|Genre:||character study, backstory, het|
|Fandom:||Persuasion (Jane Austen)|
|External Links:||Yuletide; LJ|
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A pre-story from Frederick Wentworth's point of view, it covers the period from Anne Elliot's rejection of him until his return to England at the opening of the novel. It is set while Wentworth is on active service in the Navy. The only other canon character to appear is James Benwick; the story parallels his love for Fanny Harville, where her death prevents their marriage, with Wentworth's love for Anne, who is still alive and so offers hope for the couple to be united.
The story is archived in the Yuletide archive and in the author's fanfiction livejournal, Like Whiskey in Coffee. It is rated G. The author's summary is "I wish this boat could carry me to you," a quotation from "Divine Presence" by Iona which is extracted at the end of the vignette.
Part of the inspiration came from the 1995 film adaptation; an author's note in the livejournal version states I owe a great debt of gratitude to unanon, who motivated me to write this story by mutually gushing with me over the fantastic breathing in the movie version of this.
Recs & Reviews
The story was well received, gaining the most comments of any Persuasion story in the original Yuletide archive. It has been recommended at Unfit for Society and elsewhere. Reviewers highlight the quality of the writing, the use of imagery, the poignant tone and the hopeful ending. Readers also commented on the believable characterisation of Wentworth, and the depiction of his friendship with Benwick.
- beatrice_otter: Yuletide Recs, Part 1 (Fandoms A-L) (accessed 1 February 2014)
- baranduin: Untitled post dated 29 December 2007 (accessed 1 February 2014)
- earlwyn: More yuletide recs (accessed 1 February 2014)
- technosage: Miscellany of technosagery + Yuletide recs, set 2 (accessed 1 February 2014)
- unfitforsociety: i'd love to turn you on (accessed 31 January 2014)
- there_again: books: misc. (archive) (accessed 1 February 2014)