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Book Title: Colonel Brandon's Diary|
Date of issue: October 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9780709094746
The author of the book: Amanda Grange
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 318 KB
Edition: Robert Hale & Company
Read full description of the books Colonel Brandon's Diary:The book starts off with an 18 year old Brandon being desperately in love with his father's ward, Eliza, who shares his feelings. Alas, they cannot marry due to his greedy father's plan of marrying Eliza to his older brother Harry instead.
Shocked and heartbroken, Brandon enlists in the army. After a few years he returns to find that his brother has divorced Eliza, who in turn has no choice but to rely on empty promises of other men. When Brandon finds her, she is dying of consumption. She has a daughter, also named Eliza, who will become Brandon's ward and later fall under the spell of Willoughby.
This part of the book is a fairly believable account of Brandon's past. As a young man he is passionate, strong, level-headed, romantic... and these qualities only get more refined as he gets older.
With Eliza settled in school, Brandon returns to the army. Over time he is promoted to Colonel. He has inherited Delaford upon the death of his elder brother, and decides to leave the army after a successful 9 year career. A few years later, Eliza runs away with Willoughby and the Dashwoods move into Barton Cottage.
So begins his love of Marianne. He is besotted with her from their very first meeting. Add compassionate patience to his admirable list of qualities, as he waits for her to get over her infatuation with Willoughby. He understands Marianne better than she herself does. Being the strong, silent type that he is, he waits, wanting to give her the world and loving her all the while. When she finally does come to her senses we are left without a doubt that these two people were made for each other. I closed the book feeling warm with their happiness!
Colonel Brandon is my third favorite Austen hero, and this book did not disappoint. The author captured the essence of Brandon very well. I liked getting a glimpse into his early years as well as his tragic first romance that would mold him into the perfect match for Marianne.
Captain Wentworth's Diary remains my favorite.
Read information about the authorAmanda Grange was born in Yorkshire and spent her teenage years reading Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer whilst also finding time to study music at Nottingham University. She has had twenty-five novels published including six Jane Austen retellings, which look at events from the heroes' points of view. She has also had two books published under different names: Murder at Whitegates Manor (as Eleanor Tyler; a Regency cosy crime murder mystery) and The Rake (as Amy Watson; a very light and frothy Regency romance).
Woman said of Mr Darcy's Diary: "Lots of fun, this is the tale behind the alpha male," whilst The Washington Post called Mr Knightley's Diary "affectionate". The Historical Novels Review made Captain Wentworth's Diary an Editors' Choice, remarking, "Amanda Grange has hit upon a winning formula."
Austenblog declared that Colonel Brandon's Diary was "the best book yet in her series of heroes' diaries."
Amanda Grange now lives in Cheshire. Her profile photo was taken at the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton. The museum is well worth a visit!
You can find out more by visiting her website at http://www.amandagrange.com You can also follow her on Twitter @hromanceuk and find her on Facebook
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