I don't know why I had put off reading Persuasion until now. Anne Elliot, as the older heroine, is much more like me than Elizabeth Bennet or Elinor Dashwood. But regardless of how it came to be that I had not read this novel, I am so glad that Adam's Austen in August event popped up and nudged me to read it now.
Persuasion does have components of the romance genre -- boy meets girl, boy loses girl, eight-and-a-half years go by, boy and girl meet again, misunderstandings occur and are resolved, and they all live happily ever after. However the process of getting from A to B is much more interesting in this novel as the boy and girl become man and woman. Anne must learn to trust herself and about what she can/should be persuaded. The supporting characters are interesting, though not as detailed as in some of Austen's other novels.
I enjoyed this book very much and now only have Northanger Abbey to read to finish the big six -- and thanks to Allie that book is on the top of the TBR pile.