“I read this book through the library, then bought this edition. I really like how this book filled in parts of Sense and Sensibility, added to the story line in a way that was interesting to read and the last sentence in the book left me smiling as I closed it.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Amanda Grange certainly has a talent for creating fleshed-out backstories for JA's male heroes. However, she rarely takes chances with the characters. Oftentimes after reading her books, I am left feeling as if I know nothing truly about the character than what JA herself provided in the original. In this novel, we explore the life of S&S's Colonel Brandon. We meet him at age eighteen, very much in love with the heiress in his house, Eliza, for whom his father acts as guardian. All know the story will not end pleasantly, as Brandon's father marries Eliza to James's elder brother. However, despite the layout given by JA, I found Grange's characters' motivations strained and slighty unbelievable. I could not feel that these particular conversations could have happened. Grange failed to create a convincing or realistically portrayed prior life for Colonel Brandon. He acts appropriately, but a little more spice and verve would have been welcome.”Alethea wrote this review Tuesday, September 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book through the library, then bought this edition. I really like how this book filled in parts of Sense and Sensibility, added to the story line in a way that was interesting to read and the last sentence in the book left me smiling as I closed it.”Leea wrote this review Thursday, June 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was excited for the premise of this story, but disappointed in its execution. The characterizations were lack-luster and some didn't seem quite true to Austen. It's supposed to be a diary with diary entries, but reads more like a novel from Brandon's perspective- it had no feel of being a diary except the dates above each entry. For having it from Brandon's perspective, I found it lacked much of his thoughts and feelings, but was more of an account of everyone's actions and words. Toward the end, it seemed all Marianne talked of was how changed she was from her experience of almost dying over Willoughby- that got tiring- she just had a bunch of long soliloquies on that topic.”Coppertop wrote this review Wednesday, April 13, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story is not new - anyone who has read Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility is familiar with the romantic but reserved Colonel Brandon. In Colonel Brandon's Diary Amanda Grange has taken our hero and fleshed out past for the reader, making him an even more charming and sympathetic character than he was in Sense and Sensibility.
Of all the Austen novels Sense and Sensibility is my favorite! I was extremely happy with Grange's take on Colonel Brandon's life. She filled in the blanks beautifully and created a seamless story. I loved seeing the events of Sense and Sensibility through Colonel Brandon's eyes. Amanda Grange has given the Colonel a unique voice while staying true to the original. Colonel Brandon's Diary is a wonderful look into the heart and soul of one of Austen's best-loved characters.”