This book had some stiff competition - Pride and Prejudice is my absolutely favourite novel (aside from Alice and Wonderland), so when I picked up this book I had high expectations.
I really did love it. I thought Anne's father and sisters were utterly hilarious, and almost all of the characters were endearing in some way or another. I freely admit that when Captain Wentworth finally admitted his feelings for Anne I nearly cheered (thankfully I didn't, as I was on the bus on the way to work).
It's not Pride and Prejudice though - Anne Elliott is definitely no Elizabeth Bennett. She actually reminded me of an even sweeter version of Jane, which got to be annoying after a while. Also, and I don't know if it was just my edition but man was it longwinded. One sentence was exhausting! And the ending - I closed the book feeling a little deflated after being so happy when Anne and Captain Wentworth got together.
Still, I really enjoyed it. And I'm curious about the adaptation, because I just can't reconcile Ciarin Hinds as Captain Wentworth at all. (I did my thesis on adapting Shakespeare into film, so I tend to go on about adaptations a bit).
Anyone else read it?