《劝导》描写了一个曲折多磨的爱情故事。贵族小姐安妮·埃利奥特同青年军官温特沃思倾心相爱，订下了婚约。可是，她的父亲沃尔特爵士和教母拉塞尔夫 人嫌温特沃思出身卑贱，没有财产，极力反对这门婚事。安妮出于“谨慎”，接受了教母的劝导，忍痛同心上人解除了婚约。八年后，在战争中升了官、发了财的温 特沃思上校休役回乡，随姐姐、姐夫当上了沃尔特爵士的房客。他虽说对安妮怨忿未消，但两人不忘旧情，终于历尽曲折，排除干扰，结成良缘。
What does persuasion mean – a firm belief, or the action of persuading someone to think something else? Anne Elliot is one of Austen’s quietest heroines, but also one of the strongest and the most open to change. She lives at the time of the Napoleonic wars, a time of accident, adventure, the making of new fortunes and alliances.
A woman of no importance, she manoeuvres in her restricted circumstances as her long-time love Captain Wentworth did in the wars. Even though she is nearly thirty, well past the sell-by bloom of youth, Austen makes her win out for herself and for others like herself, in a regenerated society.