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Colonel Brandon's Diary [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Grange
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"Captain Wentworth's Diary 'Amanda Grange has taken on the challenge of reworking a much loved romance and succeeds brilliantly.' Editors' Choice, Historical Novels Review Mr Knightley's Diary 'Sticks close to the plot of Austen's Emma, mixing his initially censorious view of Miss Woodhouse with his notes on managing the hereditary seat at Donwell Abbey and affectionate asides on his collection of young nieces and nephews.' Washington Post 'Hits the Regency language and tone on the head.' Library Journal Darcy's Diary 'A gift to a new generation of Darcy fans and a treat for existing fans as well.' Austenblog 'Lots of fun.' Woman Harstairs House 'With its mysterious overtones and brooding hero, this is a nicely crafted, intriguing throwback to the classic Gothic.' Romantic Times Stormcrow Castle 'Grange peppers her story with rich atmospheric details, from a masked ball to a cast of colorful locals. Fans of romantic suspense will enjoy this tale of intrigue and deception on the barren moors.' Publishers Weekly"

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At the age of eighteen, James Brandon's life is set fair. He is in love with his father's ward, Eliza, and he is looking forward to a lifetime of happiness with her. But his world is shattered when Eliza is forced to marry his brother and James joins the army in despair. Whilst he is in the East Indies, Eliza is badly treated and she seeks consolation outside her marriage, leading to divorce and destitution. Returning to England, Brandon finds her in a debtors' prison. He rescues her from her terrible position, but she is dying of consumption and he can do nothing but watch and wait. Heartbroken at her death, he takes consolation from her illegitimate daughter, whom he raises as his ward. But at the age of fifteen, the young Eliza goes missing. Oppressed by the thought of what could have happened to her, he is surprised to find himself falling in love with Marianne Dashwood. But Marianne is falling in love with Willoughby....

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425227790
  • Publisher: Robert Hale (31 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XGMXG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Colonel Brandon is very much a second string character in Jane Austen's wonderful 'Sense and Sensibility', so I was curious to see how Amanda Grange was going to make a whole book out of him. But I've been ENTHRALLED. Not only has his back-story been fleshed out and made real and convincing, he himself has been brought to life in such a vivid, sympathetic, wholly heroic fashion that I am at a loss to understand why JA herself didn't allow him more time in the spotlight.

Thank you for writing this book, Amanda. Meticulously accurate as it is to the original, I feel it more than deserves to be read as a companion-piece to S&S. In fact, I'm going to go back to the beginning and read it all over again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of men 8 Sep 2010
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Thank you, Amanda Grange, for realising the heroic and romantic potential of Colonel Brandon, which is merely suggested in Austen's `Sense and Sensibility'. Also, thank you for the first `parallel novel', or `missing scenes' tribute to a classic story, which not only works, but is beautifully written and well researched.

Forgive my gushing praise of this delightful book, but every word is well deserved!

Though not a fan of Austen's books, the patient, caring and devoted Colonel Brandon instantly won me over, despite the fact that he is absent for a good part of the story! Modern, younger readers of `Sense and Sensibility' - if there are any teenagers who discover Austen for themselves, without having her `genius' thrust upon them at school - will no doubt appreciate Willoughby more and wish that Marianne could have married her first love, but on second thoughts, I think that Austen made the right match for her more passionate heroine in the end. Yes, Willoughby is young and exciting and charming, but he is also shallow and selfish. Colonel Brandon is older - not elderly, at thirty-five, just older than Marianne's seventeen years - but he is deeper, wiser and his love for Marianne far more constant than the pretty playboy. So what if he will be a father figure as well as a lover to her - a calmer, more mature Marianne will need both companion and suitor to keep her happy.

`Willoughby was nothing but a tawdry tale bound in gilt and leather, whereas you, dear Colonel, have in you the poetry of Shakespeare, though your cover is not so fine.'

Colonel James Brandon - he doesn't even merit a first name in Austen's story! - is worth waiting for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Amanda Grange's best effort 24 Jun 2014
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Overall it was an enjoyable storyline. Providing the missing background to the Colonel's life prior to the Austen original.
However, I felt that the character of Brandon didn't come across as very strong and in fact a bit too soft considering his time in the army. Eleanor too was disappointing, not the very capable elder sister. But it was worth a read.
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I couldn't wait for the U.S. release so I again, like previous Amanda Grange "diaries", ordered it from Amazon U.K. As soon as it arrived, I started reading it and hardly put it down until it was finished. I believe this is her best yet -- yes, even better than Mr. Darcy's and Captain Wentworth's! Her Colonel is everything I imagined: passionate, honest, melancholy, honorable, thoughtful, heartbroken over his loss of his first love, Eliza... a romantic hero of the highest order. The first half of the book is entirely pre-Sense and Sensibility and dwells on his relationship with Eliza and the horrible events leading to her demise and his finding her. Knowing what is to come, all his happy entries were so bittersweet and every page seemed full of my self-inflicted angst. This part of the diary has an almost impending gloom about it. When he finally meets Marianne, well I wasn't sure how Grange was going to make the Colonel love her because until this point, the author has done an excellent job in getting me invested in his past relationship with Eliza and his resulting remorse. His soul really seemed lost, as if he were living only for the sake of living. Well, he does fall in-love with her, as we all know, and not because she is a substitute for Eliza. Unknowingly, she captivates him by her own natural charms -- and I believe, Grange successfully translates Austen's S&S through the eyes of the good Colonel. I wish there had been a few more entries after the marriage but all in all, a satisfying read that I happily recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colonel Brandon's Diary 17 Oct 2013
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A most realistic tale as it felt as if you looking over his shoulder as the story of his life is unfolded. A realistic and completely beautiful tale of sense and sensitivity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A rather sensitive Colonel - but fun to read 27 Sep 2013
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Like with the other books of this kind by this author, I find that the characters are portrayed as a bit too understanding and sensitive than I imagine them in the originals. Still, it's fun to see the story from the other side, especially the parts where the diarist's back story is dealt with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this!!!!!!! 12 July 2013
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Amanda Grange, have done some fantastic work in retelling the Jane Austin stories from the men's point of view. I really enjoy this one, along with the others that she has done. I'll not tell you the story, read it for yourselves.
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