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Captain Wentworth's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes #3)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  2,151 Ratings  ·  275 Reviews
Amanda Grange continues her series of much-loved Jane Austen retellings with "Captain Wentworth's Diary". It is 1806, and the Napoleonic wars are ravaging Europe. Frederick Wentworth, a brilliant young man with a flourishing career in the navy, is spending his shore leave in Somerset, where he meets and falls in love with Anne Elliot. The two become engaged, but Anne's god ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 30th 2007 by Robert Hale Ltd
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Mar 13, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of all the heros of Jane Austen's books, I would have to say I like Captain Wentworth the best. Amanda Grange wrote a believable diary of the Captain.

I know many Austen fans may shun me but I think I like Captain Wentworth even better than Mr. Darcy. He came from nothing and made himself into a great man never forgetting who he was and the value of all people and love. You can not say as much of Mr. Darcy. Although I do esteem him highly. Despite the fact these are all fictional characters.
And I am now officially hooked on Amanda Grange's Austen heroes diaries!!! Captain Wentworth's Diary was wonderful! I enjoyed reading the story through his point of view so much, especially as he had always appeared to me as one of the most enigmatic and intriguing Austen heroes. Now after this lovely novel by Amanda Grange, I feel like I know Wentworth and I understand him much more. Grange remained true to the original Persuasion, but she also recounted Anne and Wentworth's first meetings, fal ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
If you are a fan of Jane Austen and Persuasion (Oxford World's Classics) I am sure you have wondered about how Captain Wentworth and Anne met, how they fell in love, what happened eight years ago and how does what happened eight years ago affect them later on. I have read Persuasion by Jane Austen and I admire it very much, but I have always felt unsatisfied not knowing how the story began. Of course we may never know what Jane Austen had in mind for Wentworth and Anne, but Amanda Grange makes a ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Hallie rated it liked it
I knew this was a risk, and it might have paid off a little better had I just been determined enough to skip the first section altogether, once I found it wasn't going well. Instead, I skipped to the second part (which pretty much starts where Persuasion does), read and enjoyed that, and then went back to the beginning. Even though the author doesn't stick closely enough to the original in every particular to suit me, the need to fit what she's writing in with actual dialogue does keep Wentworth ...more
Oct 19, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-related
Have you ever wondered how Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot met and fell in love? What exactly happened eight years before the events every Janeites know better than anyone? In this diary by Amanda Grange you will find all the answers to your questions about “Persuasion”. This is the story told by Frederick Wentworth’s point of view, a touching and romantic book that will enthrall you all from the first page until the end.

I had been wanting to read this book for a long time. I had it on my Kind
I read Darcy's Diary by the same author last year and thought it was "okay". I think this one works better for a couple of reasons, but my grumble is it's written in diary form, but there is a vast amount of direct speech used throughout, particularly in the latter half. A lot of this is lifted straight from the original, and lets face it, if you're reading this you'll probably be pretty familiar with the original text anyway. No-one writes a diary using direct speech, so maybe it needs a differ ...more
Ana T.
Aug 27, 2009 Ana T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen book so it was with high expectations that I started this story, supposedly Captain's Wentworth's version of the events. The first chapters of the book report Wentworth and Anne's meeting 8 years before Persuasion starts and so come solely out of Amanda Grange's imagination. When they meet Wentworth, at first, mistakes her for a maid and asks her for a dance to save her from the arrogant Miss Elliott. The story proceeds as the two meet at several social fun ...more
This is a wonderful read. Over the first half of the book, Grange makes a very believable impression of how Wentworth and Anne met and fell in love. He is the adventurous charmer, and she positively blooms under his attention. His pursuit of her is quite lovely.
Eight years later he returns to Uppercross, thinking he'd forgotten about the woman he once loved. You know the rest... and reading it from his point of view will make you love "Persuasion" even more.
I personally enjoyed this diary bett
Mar 17, 2009 Andrea rated it did not like it
Just because you're a Jane Austen fan doesn't mean you should steal her beloved characters and turn them into prattling idiots that actually belong on the pages of a Harlequin paperback.
May 15, 2013 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I am so happy with this book! I read it last of the Diaries that I owned, not really knowing what to expect, and I couldn’t be more delighted. Persuasion is one of my least favourite Austen books, and consequently Captain Wentworth is not my favourite hero. But this Diary really raised his esteem in my eyes, though I don’t think his ranking on the Hero list has changed.

As I thought with Mr Knightley’s Diary in regards to Emma; Captain Wentworth's Diary is Persuasion the way that Persuasion shoul
Katie Patchell
Nov 23, 2010 Katie Patchell rated it it was amazing
This was a great book!!!

Let me explain.
Persuasion is my least favorite out of all the books by Jane Austen (although it is also very good). My main reasons for disliking Persuasion were these: Anne Elliot was the least out of all the heroines of Jane Austen that I could identify with (being a tad bit more headstrong), and Captain Wentworth didn't have as much personality as the other Jane Austen heroes.
Captain Wentworth's Diary was amazing because it gave more depth to both Anne's c
A most diverting novel in which I get to spend time with my second favorite Austen man, Captain Wentworth. Persuasion is my second favorite Austen novel and Grange has allowed me to bask in the heartache of loved denied for eight years. Other than being a rewrite of Austen, nothing terribly original, but like I said, extremely diverting. If nothing else, she gets credit for paying attention to an Austen novel other than Pride and Prejudice, as every other Austen genre novel seems to do.
Jun 14, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it
Overall good book and series; I give the whole series 3 1/2 ish stars; all the books are quick reads that hold your interest while you are reading them, but you will probably forget about them soon after. The only exeption is "Mr Darcy's Diary"-that one gets 5 stars because it's simply fantastic. Anyone should read "Mr Darcy's Diary" after reading Pride and Prejudice wether you read any of the other books in this series. As for the rest of the books-Sometimes it seems a little rushed, but not a ...more
Sarah - Thornton's girl
Oct 04, 2015 Sarah - Thornton's girl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-to-buy

Right so Captain Wenthworth's diary where do I begin....I absoultey loved it. Firstly cause Amanda Grange made me fall in love with Wentworth all over again from the beginning to end.
Amanda completely captures Wentworth and it literally once again feels as if he is your head the whole time while he is writing. Its so amazing what a diary can do to understand the character a little bit more better I think. Amanda Grange gets into his feelings what he is feeling at first sight to when he is compl
Nov 18, 2008 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
don't judge. persuasion is my favorite book, and it was on sale. didn't come close to austen, but it was interesting.
Jun 30, 2016 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed this "diary" from Amanda Grange more than the Mr. Darcy diary. I did not care for the shallowness of Wentworth in the beginning, as he is only concerned with pretty ladies and nothing more than passing amusement. As in Persuasion he is so drawn to depths of Anne and her character, it seems a little off to portray Wentworth as a shallow man until he is so taken by Anne. But that's just me. I understand the allure of the superior woman being the "making" of a good man, but that's just so ...more
Georgiana 1792
Apr 16, 2011 Georgiana 1792 rated it really liked it
Mi è piaciuto molto il Captain Wentworth di Amanda Grange, forse perché è molto simile al personaggio di Jane Austen. Nonostante in questo Diario la Grange avesse la possibilità di spaziare di più, perché la Austen ci da solo piccoli accenni agli eventi dell'"anno sei", e quindi al primo fidanzamento fra Wentworth ed Anne Elliot, non ha esagerato, anzi, è rimasta molto in stile Austeniano, con picnic sulle colline e sciarade (in puro stile 'Emma') ed un Capitano sicuro si sé, quasi spavaldo, che ...more
This was far better than "Mr. Darcy's Diary" in the same series. Not only because 'Persuasion' is my favorite novel of all-time (although that may have been a contributing factor as well), but mainly because Grange actually uses her imagination in this one, and therefore creates something partly-original instead of just retelling Austen's well-known story.
The first part of this book is definitely the best part, as it offers the most refreshingly new angle on Wentworth's and Anne's love story. Gr
Oct 27, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ayant déjà lu trois ou quatre autres journaux intimes du même auteur, je m'étais un peu lassée du procédé et j'avais peur de ne pas savourer les pensées du beau Capitaine. Pourtant, j'ai finalement trouvé que c'était celui dont le récit était le plus fluide et que l'on oubliait facilement qu'il s'agissait d'un "journal intime" et j'ai aimé me replonger dans cette histoire que j'adore!

La première partie nous permet de découvrir la rencontre d'Anne et Frederick et de mieux comprendre leur passé
Feb 11, 2015 Gina rated it it was ok
Amanda Grange has made quite the career out of writing the hero's perspective from Jane Austen novels. Captain Wentworth is the hero of Persuasion, a naval captain who has risen through rank and wealth to eventually persuade his first and only love Anne to marry him. There is nothing of literary significance here. It's fluff - Austen fan fiction with a publisher. I've now read this and Mr. Darcy's Diary. Both are a solid OK = 2 stars. While that wouldn't normally have me reading anything else al ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Xenia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic-romance
I probably would not have read this book without reading about its recommendation in the Jane Austen group. I am so glad I read it. I loved it! It is so nice to read Persuasion completely through Captain Wentworth's eyes. The author Amanda Grande did a wonderful job.

Captain Wentworth is so mature and only wants to marry for love. The Captain's love for Anne is constant. Regardless of his pride and doubts the Captain continues to move forward to regain the love of his life. I love Captain Wentwor
Marnie (Miss Snow)
Persuasione è uno dei libri più belli in assoluto, mi sconvolge, sempre. E' il libro da tenere sul comodino, da leggere quando si è tristi, insomma, il compagno di una vita.
Il tentativo di Amanda Grange di riportare in vita il Capitano Wentworth, è riuscito. Entrare nella sua testa e mettere nero su bianco i suoi pensieri non è cosa facile. Il suo racconto si intona alla perfezione con l'uomo dell'epoca e ho apprezzato il fatto che non sia mai entrata nel melenso o nel melodrammatico. Agli eroi
Feb 02, 2014 Carissa rated it really liked it
This book is exactly as it sounds; a diary from Captain Wentworth's perspective, the hero of Jane Austen's Persuasion. As most of my friends know, I don't go in for epistolary writing. Or Jane Austen-inspired fiction, for that matter. But . . . I couldn't resist! Wentworth is my second favorite of the Austen heroes, superseded only by Emma's Mr. Knightley.

Finding a diary from his perspective was pure heaven for two reasons.

1) I love the male perspective in literature. Heroines are usually the fo
Apr 08, 2015 Hazel rated it liked it
This was fun to read! Not an original story, it is Persuasion told from the other side. What I particularly enjoyed was the portion of the diary which takes place the first time Wentworth and Anne meet each other and fall in love. It is fun to see him portrayed as young and somewhat full of himself, as well as a much more lively Anne. And of course, it is this first section which allows the author some creative reign. The second part of the story takes place within the original narrative. While ...more
Jan 30, 2015 France-Andrée rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure my 5 stars is unbiased, I love Persuasion so much, it is my favorite Jane Austen book; I like the themes of disappointment, being swayed by friends' opinions and, finally, maturity and, I think the fact that I was Anne's age when I first read it as influenced me in loving this one above all else. After reading Mr. Darcy's Diary and liking it, I had to read Captain Wentworth's Diary since Frederick's point of view was something I really wanted to read about. It was complicated to fin ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Maggie rated it really liked it
I loved Persuasion and reading the different POVs from other Austen heroes (particularly P&P). It took me a while to get into this novel, but I ended up really liking it. One part I particularly liked about it was that they kept almost all the quotes originally from JA's novel. I'd recommend it to anyone who loved Persuasion.
Oct 12, 2009 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I've heard good things about Mr. Darcy's Diary by Grange but my library didn't have that book. It did have this book, Wentworth's Diary, so I thought I'd give it a try...

It was a huge pile of drivel.

Bland, not written like a diary, full of non-realistic fluff and so obviously written from a women's point of view.
Leila Anani
This is Jane Austen's Persuasion from Captain Wentworth's POV, written in a series of diary entries. It begins in 1806 and charts his early romance with Anne which of course in Persuasion we never get to see as the novel takes the story up from where they reunite.

I found this really easy to read and absolutely raced through it.

Wentworth didn't come across exactly as how I'd imagined him from Persuasion and seemed far wealthier than I'd expected. I also thought Anne was prettier here, though con
Oh how I pity Wentworth even more now!! So romantic and so constant to his Anne!! Lovely to see the first part of their relationship, when they first meet!! Wentworth really is a lovely man!
Jan 01, 2014 Pancake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historique
Je dois dire que ce tome-là, je l'attendais autant que je le redoutais. Je l'attendais parce que Persusasion est mon roman de Jane Austen préféré, et parce que le capitaine Wentworth est mon héros austenien préféré, mais je le redoutais, eh bien, pour les mêmes raisons! N'allais-je pas me lacer à force de ces réécritures sous forme de journaux? N'allais-je pas être déçue de découvrir un Frederick Wentworth loin d'être comme moi je me l'imaginais? Difficile de commencer une lecture avec autant d ...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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