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.