Tag: Author: Amanda Grange

So You Want to Read… (Amanda Grange)

Posted 21 February, 2017 by Lianne in Lists / 2 Comments

So You Want to Read… is a monthly feature here on eclectictales.com in which I recommend books by particular authors to readers who have never read a book from certain authors and would like to start. I’m always happy to recommend books and certain authors to my fellow readers and bloggers! 🙂

For this month’s edition of “So You Want to Read…”, I’m going to focus on books written by Amanda Grange (see author tag). By mid-last year I had more or less gotten around to reading all of Grange’s Jane Austen hero diaries save one (sorry, I have no interest in reading Wickham’s perspective on events. Henry Crawford, on the other hand, is another story…) and figured it would make a great focus for this feature. Grange does such a wonderful job in presenting familiar Austen stories from the perspective of the hero and add to characters we already know and love. I cannot recommend her books enough!

So without further ado, here’s three books from the diaries series that I’d recommend to start with:

  • Captain Wentworth’s Diary (review) — Not surprising in that Persuasion (review) is my favourite Jane Austen novel, but Amanda Grange’s novel from Wentworth’s perspective just adds so much more to the character and to events, not only filling in the spaces on Anne and Wentworth’s relationship the first time around, but also sort of confirms my line of thinking that Wentworth definitely wears his heart on his sleeve 😛 Nonetheless it’s a great intro to Amanda Grange’s books, I think, adding a bit of something before and after the events of Persuasion.
  • Mr. Knightley’s Diary (review) — Another excellent diary from Amanda Grange, I think what’s especially great about this book is how not only does it capture the sly humour of Emma (review) but again really adds to the character of Mr. Knightley (omg, he has friends?! Like, outside of Emma and Mr. Woodhouse? (c’mon, I’m sure that would’ve been Emma’s response to such new information 😛 )). Even if Emma isn’t you’re favourite Austen novel (definitely not up there for me if I had to rank her books), it does offer some fresh appreciation for the story, at least in my experience 😉
  • Colonel Brandon’s Diary (review) — Okay, I knew Colonel Brandon was awesome in Sense and Sensibility (review) but this book brought that realisation to new heights *hearts and stars* He went through so much crap and disappointment when he was younger that you’re naturally rooting for everything good and decent to happen to him for the rest of his life. And this book just confirms the idea that he’s got this sort of Cinderella story, this second chance at love and happiness. Again, it’s great when books really add to the original story and build on what we know of the characters.

And that’s my list! I hope it helps if you’re interested in reading something by Amanda Grange for the first time! If you’ve read her books, which one is your favourite? Which would you recommend for first-time readers? Or which books have you been meaning to get around to reading? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Review: Edmund Bertram’s Diary

Posted 20 September, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Edmund Bertram’s Diary
By: Amanda Grange
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

At ten years of age, Fanny Price came to live with Edmund Bertram and his family at Mansfield Park. Far from the brat Edmund expected, Fanny became his closest confidante and dearest friend.

But when the fashionable Crawford siblings–Henry and Mary–come to town, they captivate the Bertram family. Henry embarks on a scandalous flirtation with Edmund’s sister, who is already betrothed to another, while Edmund is enchanted by Mary’s beauty and wit. But when it appears that Mary is not all she seems to be, Edmund will turn to the one woman who has always been at his side to find the happiness he deserves–Fanny.

And at last I got my hands on Edmund Bertram’s Diary. Strangely enough this book is not available as an eBook and for whatever reason the paperback is a little more on the pricey side, but for the sake of completing my collection, I picked it up. Besides, having come to love Mansfield Park (commentary) with every re-read, it seemed high-time to finally read the story from Edmund’s perspective 😉

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Review: Colonel Brandon’s Diary

Posted 21 June, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 8 Comments

Colonel Brandon’s Diary
By: Amanda Grange
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

At the age of 18, James Brandon’s life is set fair. He is in love with his father’s ward, Eliza, and he is looking forward to a lifetime of happiness with her. But his world is shattered when Eliza is forced to marry his brother and James joins the army in despair. Returning to England, Brandon finds Eliza in a debtors’ prison. He rescues her from her terrible position, but she is dying of consumption and he can do nothing but watch and wait. Heartbroken at her death, he takes some consolation from her illegitimate daughter, whom he raises as his ward. But at the age of 15, the young Eliza goes missing. Oppressed by the thought of what could have happened to her, he is surprised to find himself falling in love with Marianne Dashwood–but Marianne is falling in love with Willoughby.

I’ve mentioned it before but Sense & Sensibility (review) is actually my second favourite Jane Austen novel. I love the story and the characters and the themes that it tackles, as well as the 1995 and 2008 adaptations of the story 🙂 So I suppose it was high time that I got around to Amanda Grange’s diary on Colonel Brandon 😉

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Review: Henry Tilney’s Diary

Posted 14 June, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 8 Comments

Henry Tilney’s Diary
By: Amanda Grange
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

Growing up in an abbey with an irascible father, a long-suffering mother, a rakish brother and a pretty sister, Henry Tilney’s life bears more than a passing resemblance to the Gothic novels he loves to read. And yet although Henry is undoubtedly cut out to be a hero, he cannot find his heroine – until, that is, he meets Catherine Morland. With her refreshing innocence and love of reading, Catherine is the perfect match…unless the scheming of Henry’s father and the scandalous behaviour of his brother destroy their happy ending.

It’s becoming a yearly thing, I think, to be reading one of the Austen hero diaries by Amanda Grange (although this year it looks like I’ll be reading two as I have Colonel Brandon’s Diary in my TBR pile as well 😉 ). Of all of Jane Austen’s heroes, Henry Tilney is probably the one I would hang out with the most as he’s quite hilarious and fairly relaxed from the others (despite of his overbearing father). So naturally I was curious to read this book and see events from his perspective 😉

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Review: Mr. Darcy’s Diary

Posted 21 July, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

Mr. Darcy’s Diary
By: Amanda Grange
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

The only place Darcy could share his innermost feelings was in the private pages of his diary…

Torn between his sense of duty to his family name and his growing passion for Elizabeth Bennet, all he can do is struggle not to fall in love.

Mr. Darcy’s Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy’s point of view. This graceful imagining and sequel to Price and Prejudice explains Darcy’s moodiness and the difficulties of his reluctant relationship as he struggles to avoid falling in love with Miss Bennet. Though seemingly stiff and stubborn at times, Darcy’s words prove him also to be quite devoted and endearing – qualities that eventually win over Miss Bennet’s heart.

As you may know, I’m a bit of a fan of Amanda Grange’s diary series: I loved Captain Wentworth’s Diary (review) and really enjoyed Mr. Knightley’s Diary (review), I thought she did a good job of getting into the characters’ heads and perspectives and presenting their sid eof the story without completing rehashing the original novels. I recently picked up Mr. Darcy’s Diary and more or less started reading it (I needed the change of pace 😛 )

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