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Willoughby's Return: A Tale of Almost Irresistible Temptation [Paperback]

Jane Odiwe
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24 May 2010
Three years after the ending of Jane Austen s Sense and Sensibility, domestic bliss is not always easy to achieve, especially when Col Brandon s responsibilities for Eliza, the daughter of his first love, regularly take him away from home and Marianne s passionate, jealous nature threaten to rock the foundations of their marriage. Now Willoughby and his wife have returned to the West Country. When Brandon is called away, Marianne meets Willoughby at a dinner and feels herself once again succumbing to his charm. The more she sees him, the more she s in danger of giving in to her passion. Willoughby has everything to gain in driving a wedge between them. Will Brandon realize in time that his passionate young wife s feelings of being neglected may drive her into scandal? Can Marianne find the courage to turn her back on her feelings for her first love? Or is it too late to save themselves, and their marriage...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (24 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140222267X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402222672
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 14.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Odiwe is the author of six Austen-inspired books, Mrs Darcy's Diamonds, Project Darcy, Searching for Captain Wentworth, (White Soup Press) Mr Darcy's Secret, Willoughby's Return, and Lydia Bennet's Story, (Sourcebooks) and the short story, Waiting, commissioned for Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (Random House).
Recent television appearances include an interview in a special edition of the 200 year anniversary of Pride and Prejudice on BBC Breakfast, and a BBC Masterchef Special celebrating 200 years of Sense and Sensibility.
Jane was born in Sutton Coldfield, England, and gained an arts degree in Birmingham where she indulged her great loves of Fine Art, Literature, and History. After teaching in the midlands for some years, Jane moved to London to teach, until writing novels, and a growing obsession with all things Jane Austen, took over her life.
With her husband, children, and two cats, Jane now divides her time between North London, and Bath, England. Jane is a member of the Jane Austen Society and when she's not writing, she enjoys painting and trying to capture the spirit of Jane Austen's world. Her illustrations feature in a biographical film of Jane Austen's life in Sony's DVD edition of The Jane Austen Book Club and in the picture book, Effusions of Fancy.

Jane Odiwe comes to it steeped in Austen, in all her renditions; Odiwe's sentences often glint with reflections of the great Jane ...
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Odiwe certainly writes a page-turning romantic mystery - her characters are intriguing and her narrative full of surprises and suspense. She blends historical fact and fiction with great style, and the settings are spot on in what the writer describes as her "love letter to Bath."
Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine

Blog: http://www.janeaustensequels.blogspot.co.uk/
Website: http://www.austeneffusions.com/
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"Odiwe's portrayal of all of the characters was perfect." - Books Like Breathing

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Jane Odiwe is an artist and author. She is an avid fan of all things Austen and is the author and illustrator of Effusions of Fancy, annotated sketches from the life of Jane Austen, as well as Lydia Bennet's Story. She lives with her husband and three children in North London.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Succumb to Temptation 16 Nov 2009
Austen fans of 'Sense and Sensibility' who wondered if Colonel Brandon and Marianne Dashwood did live happily ever after will love this glittering sequel. Jane Odiwe has done her research and once again skilfully recreated Regency times for her readers. Marianne's peace of mind is shattered by the reappearance of John Willoughby, and by her doubts about Brandon's love for her. The story is underpinned by the love story of Elinor and Marianne's sister Margaret - is handsome Henry all he appears? The many twists and turns of the plot keep readers guessing to the final pages. A real treat for fans of Regency romances!
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This book is well written and the story line is original, but as usual, who can claim to equal Austen?

I took it on Holiday and found it hard to get through as the characters don't seem to be quite the same...Edward seems very disinterested in his wife Elinor which is sad in itself, but what is even more sad is that they hardly appear in the book at all. Margaret is very much centre stage which is lovely, but I can't help thinking she would have acted more rationally towards Mr Lawerence having watched the development and ultimate pain that resulted from Marianne's unguarded behaviour towards Willoughby three years earlier. I felt that part of the story was a tad weak.

Having said that, I liked the way the confusion of Marianne's mind and feelings were fully explored. Jane Odiwe manages to show the true love and devotion she has for her husband, while giving her the off moments of thinking about Willoughby and What If? These thoughts are exasperated by Willoughby coming back, but also Marianne's understandable jealousy over Brandon's ward Miss Williams and her daughter, whom he goes to see often.

I'm not sure who this book would really appeal to...some die hard Austen fans like the carry ons, other don't, preferring to let their imagination carry on the stories for them. This isn't the best Austen spin off I've ever read, but it certainly isn't the worst...
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not all about Willoughby after all 23 Jun 2014
By Ladylee
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The title of this book put me off reading it for months as Willoughby is my least favourite character of Jane Austen's fiction (probably because I had my heart broken at 19). Anyway I was kind of coerced into reading it by a friend ;)
This story is mainly about Marianne and her marriage to Colonel Brandon - with a little bit of sisterly match-making alongside. She tries to fix up Margaret with her husband's handsome nephew, but is young Henry all he seems? Henry's best friend, Willoughby gets an accidental invitation to Marianne's ball and that's where things start to get out of Marianne's comfort zone!
I enjoyed this book, but I much preferred Jane Odiwe's other books, I guess because of that rascal Willoughby, whom I still don't like and don't think I ever will now!
My favourite Jane Odiwe book is Searching for Captain Wentworth with Project Darcy a very close second
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 7 July 2014
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I was not that keen on any storyline to do with Willoughby and really could not imagine how this could be done however JO has surpassed herself. I now find myself hoping for a follow-up on Margaret and Henry.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Really badly written, over-wordy and not even well researched. Marianne is married to William Brandon - whoever he may be - Colonel Brandon's Christian name was Christopher. She is a whining, self-pitying selfish moaner - she's lucky to be with any husband at all. The characters are one-dimensional and uninteresting. There are too many arch references to the Brandons' sex life (oh, please - how can anyone claiming to be in the mould of Austen do this?). Willoughby turns from a rogue into a saint, practically - leopards don't change their spots THAT easily! A nice idea for a novel, but I think this author needs to realise that you can't just take names from another author's novel and write a sequel. You need a sympathetic connection to the original author and ability, too. Save your money.
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