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Persuading Annie by Melissa Nathan: In The Mood For A Little Chicklit?

Updated on August 4, 2012
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What’s your taste when it comes to a little light reading?  Plenty of us would sheepishly stick our hands up and admit it when it comes to the romance genre: but then the question becomes, what kind of romance?  The genre used to be a lot more narrow than it is now, but these days it’s just branching out all over!  What’s your poison?  Supernatural romance, hot hot hot romance, gentle (and possibly ecclaesiastical) sweet holy churchy romance?  It’s a broad church and you’ll probably find yourself catered for somewhere or other by some publisher, however obscure.

One of the most popular sub-splinters of the romance genre in recent years has to be chick lit.  You see, even if you’re not an especial romance reader, you’ve still heard of chick lit, isn’t that right?  You can probably even name a few of the most prominent chick lit authors, such as Jane Green, Marian Keyes and Bridge Jones author Helen Fielding. 

One recent addition to the fold is Melissa Nathan, author of ‘Persuading Annie’.  This chick litty tale is based around the story of our heroine Annie Markham, who has been recovering ever since getting dumped by her naughty-boy college boyfriend Jake several years previously.  Since the dumping came shortly after some fun with pregnancy tests, the timing really couldn’t have been worse!

When Annie bumps into Jake again in adult life, there’s some bad feeling on both sides. Multiply that out with the hostility from her family and friends, and he’s less than a welcome new arrival! Is there drama ahead? Will there be issues and romantic problems to resolve? I think you know it!

Is ‘Persuading Annie’ worth a read? If you’re truly a lover of chick lit then it might be worth a go. It’s not going to exactly bust open any of the conventions of the genre, nor is it a stand-out example of it, but it’s still a fun read. Annie is sympathetically drawn and Nathan’s writing style is light and pleasant. Maybe check it out next time you’re scanning those shelves at Borders!


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