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5.0 out of 5 stars Succumb to Temptation
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...
Published on 16 Nov 2009 by Mrs. S. A. Wilkes

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3.0 out of 5 stars He might have returned...but we wish he would go away!!
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Succumb to Temptation, 16 Nov 2009
This review is from: Willoughby's Return: A Tale of Almost Irresistible Temptation (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not all about Willoughby after all, 23 Jun 2014
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars He might have returned...but we wish he would go away!!, 30 Oct 2010
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This review is from: Willoughby's Return: A Tale of Almost Irresistible Temptation (Paperback)
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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars That whirring sound? Jane, turning in her grave . . ., 15 Mar 2012
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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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