Why did I love this book?
This story showcases two people getting over themselves. This is a theme in many of Austen’s works. She doesn’t believe in the ‘renovate your partner’ thing and honestly, I’ve never seen that work in real life. What we have here, are two people who inspire each other to emotional bravery, constancy, and vulnerability (in the 1800s – I give them a little grace for this).
If you’re not familiar with the story, know that the couple were once engaged, and the lady was persuaded to step away. Eight years pass, and true love holds true indeed – but there are egos to clamber over, and self-worth concerns to conquer. These emotions aren’t new. Austen’s story still resonates because our hearts aren’t all that modern. Hearts still hope, and hope still counts.