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Henry Tilney's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes #6)

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A charming retelling of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey--a tale of gothic misunderstandings through Henry Tilney's eyes...

At the age of four and twenty, Henry is content with his life as a clergyman, leaving his older brother Frederick to inherit Northanger Abbey. But General Tilney is determined to increase the family's means by having all three of his children marry

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Paperback, 274 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Berkley Trade (first published May 1st 2011)
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Anne
For the last few days now, I have happily escaped into the world of Northanger Abbey; first reading the novel by Austen, then watching the 2007 movie adaptation a few times, and finally by reading Henry Tilney's Diary, just to get more of these characters, to lose myself in Regency Bath and the old Abbey, and of course, to see everything through Henry's eyes.

I have come to look upon Amanda Grange as some sort of Austen authority; if she wrote it in one of the diaries, it must have really happen
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Ceri
This review was first posted on Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

Amanda Grange has written a whole range of these diaries, Austen’s stories from an alternate point of view. Following a recent read of 'Northanger Abbey', it seemed a good time to see what the book may have looked like from Henry Tilney’s point of view. I’ve read a few of these diaries before, the Captain Wentworth one, which was my introduction to JAFF (Jane Austen Fan Fiction) and I followed that u
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Sophia
May 12, 2012 Sophia rated it really liked it
This was the seventh of Amanda Grange's Jane Austen character's Diary series that I have read. I just love the idea of righting from the heroes perspective since Jane Austen's novels were all from the heroine's side. I like how these are retellings of the stories, but yet, Ms. Grange offers a little extra to the storyline that still manages to fit the original in timeline and in spirit.

In this retelling of Northanger Abbey, Henry's diary starts when he is a young man of sixteen. Elinor is a swee
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Azee
Feb 24, 2014 Azee rated it did not like it
Henry Tilney, arguably Austen's best, most complexly romantic, but less heralded male character in comparison to Darcy, is delivered a gut punch in this trite and inaccurate, mostly plagiarized and awful romp. A good portion of it is just regurgitated dialogue plagiarism and a failed and blathering novel within novel attempt (in offensive italic) of a wholly unconnected story, which I can only guess exists to honor some word count contract or author ego from a rejected, faux gothic publication t ...more
Rachel Crooks
Mar 25, 2012 Rachel Crooks rated it it was ok
I'm feeling a little guilty about the two-star rating, because it was a fun, entertaining book. But - when I read Captain Wentworth's Diary, I remember being really inspired by the way Grange was able to take Captain Wentworth's character and augment it. Wentworth was the same sanguine personality from Persuasion, but I felt that he was much easier to understand and there was so much more to him than what you could see in Persuasion... his was a backstory worth telling.

Henry Tilney has always b
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Kate
Oct 24, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
I have liked all of these but this one was uneven. Northanger Abbey's hero is perhaps my favorite - Henry is so playful, and Grange nails that, but Austen gives him a depth, too, that is missing (outside of the scenes that are Austen's.) The relationship with his sister Eleanor is perfect. Frederick is rehabilitated a bit, but not General Tilney. But my big disappointment was that the romance between Catherine and Henry, which I longed to see fleshed out, is limited to a described glance or so - ...more
Ahnya
Nov 24, 2014 Ahnya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff
This book is the story of Northanger Abbey from Henry Tilney's point of view.
I think I love Henry Tilney more after reading this! I like what was added to the different characters' backgrounds, especially the relationship between Henry and his sister Eleanor. Since Henry was not with Catherine for much of the original story, a lot of it had to be brand new. I like what the author wrote, the new parts were fresh, and insightful, while also keeping true to the original text. The author also cap
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Anna
Jan 19, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
Henry Tilney’s Diary is a retelling of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey from the point of view of its hero. Amanda Grange is well known for her diaries of Austen’s heroes (and even one of a rake), and I’ve enjoyed how she gets into the heads of the male characters and gives them a voice.

The novel opens in 1790 when Henry is just 16, giving readers a chance to meet the Tilneys in happier times. Henry’s mother is still alive, though frequently ill, and his father, General Tilney, tries to whip his o
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Maria Grazia
Feb 10, 2012 Maria Grazia rated it really liked it
A lovely page-turner, a charming re-telling of Northanger Abbey focusing on Henry Tilney and on his personal vision of the events we loved reading in Jane Austen’s amusing tale of Catherine Morland’s adventures.
In Amanda Grange’s Herny Tilney’s Diary we meet a very young hero - almost 16 at the beginning - writing about his careless holidays back home from school, his older brother Frederick’s bravado, his special bond with his sister Eleanor, his mother’s frail health, his father’s strong tempe
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PageTurner
Jul 14, 2015 PageTurner rated it really liked it
I highly enjoyed Northanger Abbey and I must say, it was to a great extant due to the character Henry Tilney. So I was super excited when I discovered a series which told the Jane Austen stories from the perspective of the male love-interests.

The ‘diary’ managed to capture the essence of the original character of Henry Tilney: sarcastic, maybe a bit mean but also open and a good lad. The language suited the time period but was also easier for me to read than an original classic novel. It was go
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Sarah
Oct 05, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
There was a bit too much just outright quotation from the original novel for my taste, but otherwise I liked this take on Austen's book from the perspective of the hero.

I especially loved how Grange worked Tilney's love of gothic novels into a search for a heroine of his own in order to tie in with the original story. It made him seem more human and approachable to me. His teasing seems less like something he does for his own amusement so he can giggle at Catherine and more like a subtle way to
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Ever since I read Mr. Darcy's Diary in 2008, I have admired Amanda Grange's Austen Men Retellings. Having read and enjoyed all of Ms. Grange's previous retellings, I was most anxious to read Henry Tilney's Diary – after all, he is Jane Austen's most entertaining and charming hero! The two year period between Ms. Grange's last novel in this series (Colonel Brandon's Diary) and Henry Tilney's Diary was long, but the wait was definitely worth it! Henry Tilney's Diary is my new favorite in the serie ...more
Serena
Dec 14, 2011 Serena rated it really liked it
Henry Tilney’s Diary by Amanda Grange provides readers with the inner thoughts and past of Northanger Abbey‘s hero. Like his sister Eleanor, Henry has a passion for the written word, which mirrors Austen’s homage to readers in the original novel. Grange steeps her prose in Gothic tales of secret passages and story telling between brother and sister and between Henry Tilney and Catherine Morland. Drawing inspiration from Mrs. Radcliff and her novels, A Sicilian Romance and The Mysteries of Udolph ...more
Natasha
With a very rocky start, I actually came to enjoy this novel mid-way through. However, when it preceded the time frame of Northanger Abbey it dropped in quality again. I think it should have ended where the original did, as it just seemed to drag on. There were points where Grange adopts Austen's tone very well, but her timing isn't always accurate. Some events move too fast and others too slow, for instance, Mr Morris' declaration of love seemed to escalate very quickly. Overall, the back story ...more
Diane
Nov 20, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This really could be a companion novel to Northanger Abbey. Every joke, reference, or behavior is explained. Justifications are offered for characters who never got a chance in the original to explain themselves. It's really not too bad if Jane Austen is difficult to understand; Grange does a great job of getting inside that world and making it relatable to a modern audience. And all that by simply changing the protagonist.
Danielle
I know it's a bit sacrilegious, but Henry Tilney is my favorite Austen hero. I give this book an extra star just because he's in it. Alas, there are only a few "Northanger Abbey" re-tellings, sequels, etc. This one is worth the read for fellow Tilney fans.
Tamra
Oct 23, 2016 Tamra rated it liked it
Northanger Abbey is still my least favorite Jane Austen novel, but I have enjoyed reading these from-the-leading-man's-perspective books based on her books. Kind of fun imagining what was happening in the scenes Ms. Austen didn't write about.
Emily
I am so in love with this book. I have literally just turned the last pages and rushed myself over to my laptop to write this stellar review, hoping to convey how much in love I am with this book. Because I am totally in love with it.

I'll begin by saying that 1) I have just read Henry Tilney's Diary and Northanger Abbey back to back, having finished the latter yesterday, and 2) the story can be read as a standalone and does not require one to have read Northanger Abbey. Northanger Abbey was my f
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Luciana Darce
Nov 26, 2013 Luciana Darce rated it really liked it
Dos heróis austenianos, o diário de Mr. Tilney era o único que faltava para eu fechar a série que a Amanda Grange escreveu. Demorei um pouco para colocar as mãos nele – o que é curioso, considerando que Tilney é, depois do Capitão, o meu particular favorito (e devo dizer que, na vida real, preferia um Tilney a um Wentworth, mas deixemos isso quieto, não é mesmo?) – mas enfim consegui.

Como todo mundo já deve ter adivinhado... Henry Tilney’s Diary contra a história de A Abadia de Northanger sob o
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Sue
May 03, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans, even those who aren't sure of Northanger Abbey
I liked it...actually really liked it. I don't feel it stayed true to the journal setting in a sense but I enjoyed it tremendously. I actually love Northanger Abbey more than Emma, Sense and Sensibility, more than Sandition, the Watsons and Lady Susan, even Mansfield Park. Northanger Abbey for me is right after the tied Persuasion with Pride and Prejudice of Austen's works. Amanda Grange the author is known for these take off diaries from Austen's main characters and tho' those are enjoyable in ...more
Jess Swann
Mar 15, 2013 Jess Swann rated it really liked it
Ok on est dans du Amanda Grange classique. C'est donc le point de vue d'Henry sur Catherine. Sauf qu'au fond ce n'est pas que ça. C'est aussi la découverte du personnage d'Henry, qui, avons le, reste très mystérieux dans Northanger Abbey. Je n'ai pas été déçue par ce journal. J'aime vraiment beaucoup le côté insouciant de Henry présenté par JA mais j'avais envie de le comprendre. Je n'ai pas été déçue. Amanda Grange nous livre les pensées d'un Henry qui cherche à fuir les exigences de son père. ...more
Elise
Apr 12, 2011 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Northanger Abbey
3.5 stars. Didn't quite do justice to Henry Tilney or Northanger Abbey, but was nonetheless entertaining and enjoyable, doing a good job of "filling in the gaps" of Austen's novel. An admirable effort by Amanda Grange, and recommended reading for all Tilney fangirls or (in more dignified terms) admirers of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.

A couple of points:

*I felt that Amanda Grange's book didn't fully capture the wit or intelligence of Tilney. He really is the "Elizabeth Bennet" of Austen's hero
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Elizabeth
This is the last in, what has been a fun series by Amanda Grange. The use of the diary format to tell the other side of the story for the Jane Austen heroes has been creative and interesting. However, the diary set-up caused Ms. Grange to either stifle her creativity or sabotage her format for Henry Tilney's Diary. The author chose sabotage.
Any epistolary novel needs to think about what would people really write. How much description would they use? Would they copy full conversations verbatim i
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Lex
Dec 27, 2013 Lex rated it really liked it
This book was hard to rate. I love it and hate it at the same time. I feel like the author fell short in depicting the story of "Northanger Abbey" and Mr. Tilney. However, Grange did add the charming witticism that comes from Mr. Tilney which made it a very enjoyable read. I think it would be hard for me to hate any material about Mr. Tilney completely. I think he is a difficult character to do justice since his motives are not quite clear and his character is often obscure in the original text. ...more
Ally
Apr 07, 2014 Ally rated it liked it
No spoilers really, but a few textual details you may or may not want to know before reading.





I enjoyed reading Tilney's thoughts, and I liked the details before he met Catherine and after they were engaged. Austen did not give us that part of the story, so it was a nice touch. Many people find the ending of Northanger Abbey ambiguous. Did he really love her? Was he acting out of duty?
This novel definitely gives us the answer (at least according to Ms. Grange).

I was, however, a little off-put b
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Cindy
Jan 08, 2012 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen
I absolutely love Amanda Grange's "Diaries" of the heroes from Jane Austen's stories! Again, Grange has shown what the male part of the Austen novels can think and feel. From "Northanger Abbey", Henry Tilney is a nice young man trying to find love on his own. His father has other ideas. Henry's sister, Eleanor, shares Henry's ideals of love and being independent. I loved the characters of Henry and Eleanor! Catherine Morland's character was written in true form - naieve and not so smart. Henry l ...more
Jess
Jul 01, 2014 Jess rated it it was ok
I remember when I first read 'Pride and Prejudice', I fell in love. Once I was finished I devoured anything that was remotely to do with the book and the characters, that was when I read 'Mr Darcys diary' I loved it. It filled the hole that was grasping for more Darcy and Elizabeth.

'Northanger abbey' is after P an P my favourite Austen book, so when I found out that there was a 'MR TILNEYS DIARY' I was super excited. However having finished it I feel a bit sad. It wasn't what I was building it
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Lexie
Jul 25, 2011 Lexie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
Prelim Review: Henry has always been my favorite Austen Hero. Something about the wry humor of this quiet clergyman made me smile and sigh dreamily. So naturally I was excited as all get that Grange, who has done every other Austen hero (in fact this is the conclusion to her re-imaginings, according to the backflap), finally came around to Henry.

And its not a let down. Admittedly I'm not certain some of the portrayals were quite accurate (his brother Frederick for one), but I was really in it f
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Brittany
Jun 13, 2014 Brittany rated it really liked it
This was very nice story.

There are so few Northanger Abbey books. I am actually reading two at the same time. And I just purchased the Masterpiece theater dvd. So I am in a big Northanger Abbey kick.

I think the only thing that is lacking for me in this adaptation is a certain passion, which I am used to with Darcy. I know I know - Tilney is not Darcy. Yet, I want him to be head over heels for Catherine. Oh well. He gets there, but still not enough for me.

However, I love reading more about the r
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Maxine
Feb 02, 2016 Maxine rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy read. I love reading other views of Jane Austen's books. It gives me new ideas and insights into her stories that I may not have thought of. I can reread Northanger Abbey with the author of this book's views in mind and think about whether or not I agree that is what Jane may have meant this or that character to be thinking or feeling in a particular scene. The one thing I did not like in this book was the long passages that were simply copied from North ...more
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Amanda 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 Eleano ...more
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