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Henry Tilney's Diary Hardcover – 31 May 2011
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Interesting and unique. --Cheshire Life
Grange peppers her story with rich atmospheric details. --Publishers Weekly
Amanda Grange has hit upon a winning formula. --Historical Novels Review
About the Author
Jane Austen Award nominee Amanda Grange completes her popular series of Jane Austen retellings with Henry Tilney's Diary. Amanda lives in Cheshire and you can find more information about her on the website http://www.amandagrange.com.
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Well, this will answer those questions and many more besides! I was unsure about reading a story taking on the classic Jane Austen novels as I did not want them ruined. But, I am glad I took the plunge and read them as they did not ruin the originals, it gave some great background and new depth to the classic characters!
She caught Tilney's humour from the off and to see into Henry's thoughts was wonderful. Seeing more about his family gave him a great background and it was lovely to see his brother Frederick portayed as a broken hearted man rather than a scoundral!
The story begins when Henry is aged 16, so about 9 years or so before the events of 'Northanger Abbey', and the author builds a picture of the family. At this time, Mrs Tilney is still alive, beloved by all her children and very much the centre of the family, although she has spells of illness. Henry’s older brother, Frederick is extremely wild. He is his mother’s darling and his father’s exasperation, and his wild behaviour is given as the reason for the fact that he, the heir to the estate, was sent into the army. Frederick is feckless with his money, and believes himself to be in love, until a rude awakening makes him realise that the woman he thought he loved was only interested in finding herself as rich a husband as possible. Frederick takes this very hard, and drunkenly warns his brother away from love:
‘Poking me affectionately in the chest, he went on, in a slurred voice, “You’re a good man, Henry, a very good man. You’re not just my brother, you’re my best friend and I love you, I do. So I will tell you something, Henry. Now listen carefully. Come closer. Closer. Never give your heart to a woman. Never, never, never. Promise me.Read more ›
Abbey quite successfully. Henry Tilney is well written and so are Catherine and Eleanor. There is one particular chapter towards the end which involves the unbelievable death of four men all struck by the same bolt of lightening which stretches the imagination to breaking point. Otherwise a good read.
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Personally I hated it, as far as I read. I found the writing style stilted and I just could not get into it at all. In fact, I didn't get past the first chapter.Published on 10 Aug. 2014 by mazd