About the Book
Book: Persuade Me NotAuthor: Joanne MarkeyGenre: Christian Contemporary RomanceRelease date: April 4, 2023
Forgiveness is only a prayer away… or is it?
As the oldest daughter at Kellynch Station, Elizabeth Elliot prides herself on her exemplary public image. In fact, women could learn a thing or two by following her example—her public example.
There are things Liz doesn’t want known, and she guards them closely. In fact, keeping everyone except her best friend from ever seeing the truth behind her impenetrable facade is the only thing she can control.
Enter Michael Page. Unassuming and too stubborn for his own good, Mick bucks trend by bringing sheep back to cattle country. Just a small flock at first, but their numbers are growing. There’s just one problem to deal with now. Liz Elliot.
With all her airs and fancy ways, and the unreasonable demands she makes of the town and its people, Liz is a walking antagonism. Maybe he should’ve stayed home after that first meeting, but something keeps bringing him back. If nothing else, someone has to foil her outrageous attempts to do who-knows-what with the town.
Then a carefully worded slip of the tongue hints at a mystery that might be worth digging into.
As the truth comes to light, and Liz’s carefully crafted world comes crashing down, who can either of them trust?Click here to get your copy!
Contemporary romance is not my favorite genre, however, I thoroughly enjoyed Persuade Me Not by Joanne Markey. There are themes of forgiveness, faith, redemption accompanied by suspense and romance.
Elizabeth Elliot is not the most likeable character at the beginning of the novel, but as you continue to read, you realize why. She’s holding on to a secret, one that weighs heavy on her shoulders. As the story continues on, it gets easier and easier to sympathize with Liz and all you want is for Liz to be able to turn to God and be able to forgive herself.
It took me a while to like Michael Page, too, but that could also be because when we first meet him is through the eyes of Liz, who strongly dislikes him in the beginning of the book. But as you get to know him, the more he grows on you and you realize he has Liz’s best interest at heart.
The more Liz’s secret comes to light, the more her life is in danger. A mystery unfolds, however, I feel that the middle of the book could have been more suspenseful, and I felt that the story slowed down. However, that didn’t take too much away from the novel and it allowed me to be able to get to know Michael and Liz more.
An enemies-to-lovers trope with faith and suspense, I would recommend this book, especially to those who love contemporary romance.
I had received a copy of the book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
About the Author
Originally from Australia, Joanne Markey now lives in Ohio with her husband and seven children. When she’s not reading or writing, you might find her wandering the property with her kids in search of whatever seasonal treasure they’re trying to find.
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I don’t remember exactly when it was that I first started thinking about writing Persuade Me Not. I know I was still writing Persuade Me, the first book in the Daughters of the Bush series. At the time I started writing, I only planned to write one book in that setting. However, the more I wrote, the more I thought about the other characters. And somewhere along the way, I started thinking that, if Liz ever got her happily-ever-after, it would have to be with someone unexpected.
That idea slowly took hold. It would have to be a man as unlike her father as it was possible to be. Someone humble and down-to-earth. Someone with both the integrity to dig deeper to find the truth, and the stubbornness to knock down all the walls Liz had put up.
Right about then I came across an interesting coffee table book about old shearing sheds in Australia. Being an Aussie living in the US and finding that book on the shelves in a store here meant I instantly bought it. And after flicking through the pages, another idea started to form…
At one point in time, Clermont—the town where my book is set—had a substantial wool industry. Which meant sheep. Which meant it could theoretically be possible for there to be a run-down shearing shed on one of the cattle stations in that area. And, to Walter Elliot, what could be worse than running sheep in cattle country?
As far as Walter Elliott is concerned, he is a cattleman with a long and illustrious heritage. Therefore, only those who emulated his lifestyle would be worthy of the attention of his daughter. (Obviously, no other man would rise to the heights of perfection as he, but they could try.)
I don’t know if there are any sheep in the Clermont area now, but if there are, they’re not a big thing. I don’t remember ever seeing any when I lived there as a kid. It was cattle country, and sheep were something we saw when we were driving to visit my grandparents in Victoria (south of the dingo fence, in other words).
With all of that in mind, if, for the sake of the story, one man brought sheep back… and that one man ended up being stubborn and determined to uncover the truth… we’d have a book.
And that is how Persuade Me Not came to be.
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