by Jane Austen.
Quickie recap: Eight years ago, Anne Elliot gave in to persuasion, to her regret, and didn't marry the man she loved. Now he's back, but he's sniffing around some other hussy's petticoats!
Quickie review: Shorter and simpler than her other novels, this one pays tribute to women "past their first youth" and to self-made men.
Quickie recommendation: If you are predisposed to Austen - yes. Otherwise, if you're only going to read one or two, there are worthier examples of her work.