Colonel Brandon's Diary [NOOK Book]

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A vibrant retelling of Sense and Sensibility, Grange's sweeping epic breathes new life into another of Austen's best-loved novels.

At the age of eighteen, James Brandon's world is shattered when the girl he loves, Eliza, is forced to marry his brother. In despair, he joins the army and leaves England for the East Indies for the next several years. Upon his return, he finds Eliza in a debtor's prison. He rescues her from her terrible situation,...
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Overview

A vibrant retelling of Sense and Sensibility, Grange's sweeping epic breathes new life into another of Austen's best-loved novels.

At the age of eighteen, James Brandon's world is shattered when the girl he loves, Eliza, is forced to marry his brother. In despair, he joins the army and leaves England for the East Indies for the next several years. Upon his return, he finds Eliza in a debtor's prison. He rescues her from her terrible situation, but she is dying of consumption and he can do nothing but watch and wait. Heartbroken at her death, he takes some consolation in her illegitimate daughter, who he raises as his ward. But at the age of fifteen, his ward goes missing. Devastated 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 the charismatic Willoughby...


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101060308
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 406,065
  • File size: 283 KB

Meet the Author

Amanda Grange has written many historical and Regency novels.

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

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    homage to Sense and Sensibility

    In 1778 eighteen year old James Brandon loves his father's ward Eliza and he hopes to marry her one day soon; she reciprocates his feelings and his dream. When his parents arrange a match between his Eliza and his brother womanizing drunk Harry, his heart is broken as his father has the final word. Eliza marries while heartbroken James joins the military.

    After being stationed in India for years and going up in the ranks, James comes home having inherited Delaford though he hopes maturity hides his love for his sister-in-law. He is stunned to find a dying Eliza in debtor's prison. James frees her from her incarceration, but can only watch her die from the consumption that has wracked her lungs. Heartbroken, he raises Eliza's illegitimate daughter, but at fifteen years old she runs away. Fearing for his ward, James begins to fall in love with Marianne Dashwood, but she is in love with Willoughby.

    COLONEL BRANDON'S DAIRY occurs before and during the events of Sense and Sensibility as Amanda Grange provides the back story as well as filling in the gaps from a key male's perspective in the Jane Austen classic. The cast stays true to the original but is enhanced by Amanda Grange especially the seemingly fickle Marianne, but once again this is a male's diary so we see everything through his filter. Fans of the great Ms. Austen will appreciate the homage to Sense and Sensibility as Ms. Grange has done with Persuasion (see CAPTAIN WENTWORTH'S DIARY), Pride & Prejudice (see MR. DARCY'S DIARY), Mansfield Park (see EDMUND BERTRAM'S DAIRY) and Emma (see MR. KNIGHTLY'S DIARY).

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Good read

    I really liked this,because it was a whole different story in itself and not just a rehash of Sense and Sensibilities. It has a great background story before Jane Austen's book started to show his heartbreak so you were more in love with him even before he meet Marianne. Brandon to me always had too small a part in Sense and Sensibilities and now after reading this book- I think he was too good for Marianne :)

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Truly Amazing Spin on Classic Jane Austen!

    I must admit that I usually have misgivings about novels that give a personal account of classic literature; however, I was captivated and touched by Amanda Grange's retelling of Colonel Brandon's story. I have always felt Colonel Brandon is an understated hero (compared to the much beloved Mr. Darcy), but Grange breaths new life into this character. Well done!

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    I Loved This Book

    A great alternative to Jane Austin!

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