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Edmund Bertram's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes #4)

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The retelling of Jane Austen?s novel Mansfield Park from the point of view of Edmund Bertram?by the author of Mr. Knightley?s Diary and Captain Wentworth? Diary. 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.

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Paperback, 293 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Berkley (first published November 30th 2007)
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Michelle
Jan 10, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok
I should first and foremost make clear that I am a purist where Jane Austen is concerned, and that Mansfield Park and Persuasion alternate as my favorite Austen novel.

Amanda Grange has many good things going for her. The language is mostly convincing and the characters have continuity with Austen's own. When dialog or events coincide with something already portrayed in Mansfield Park, Grange is pretty faithful in her own portrayal. Most importantly, Edmund Bertram's Diary is a light, funny, enjo
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Gretchen
May 19, 2010 Gretchen rated it it was ok
I personally loved Mansfield Park. I admire Fanny and I really liked Edmund, when he wasn't obsessed over Mary Crawford. I kind of think Edmund Bertram's Diary was just a mirror of Mansfield Park (it was kind of hard not to be as Fanny and Edmund grew up together and Edmund is in most chapters of the book). It covered in a couple pages Edmund's trip to visit Mr Owen and what he did while Fanny was in Portsmouth, even though I wanted a bit more of that: it would have been nice to read something I ...more
Alice
Feb 23, 2012 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Une fois n'est pas coutume, ma note est un petit peu sévère. Si l'écriture agréable d'Amanda Grange et son respect pour l'oeuvre de Jane Austen sont toujours bien présent dans cette réécriture de Mansfield Park du point de vue d'Edmund, je pense que l'intêret que l'on porte à chaque "Diary" est proportionnel à l'amour que l'on a pour chaque héros austenien. Vous l'avez donc compris, je ne suis pas une grande fan d'Edmund, ni même du couple qu'il forme avec Fanny.

Cela ne m'a pas empêché d'espér
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Aug 27, 2009 Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) rated it really liked it
Shelves: jane-austen
Amanda Grange has done it again! I love her series on Austen men! This is my fourth book and to be honest, I was a little wary of it because Edmund is not one of my favorite Austen heroes. Like in her other books, Ms. Grange did her homework, her retelling follows the course of Mansfield Park, with accurate dates, events, and dialogue taking place.

Unfortunately, because Ms. Grange is so diligent with her work, it means a lot of Edmund's diary entries are consumed with talk of Mary Crawford. Thi
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Christine Cooper
Jul 18, 2013 Christine Cooper rated it really liked it
This is probably the best Jane Austen sequel/spin off I've ever read. The voice seems true to what Austen would write and although I know how the story ends I was excitedly turning the pages wondering when Edmund had realized that he loved Fanny.
Elisabetta
Jun 22, 2015 Elisabetta rated it liked it
Shelves: babele
Mia cara Grange,
mi dispiace, hai fallito!
Se la tua intenzione era quella di farmi avvicinare ad Edmund, di farmi capire gli aspetti e le decisioni dettate dal suo cuore, mi dispiace, mia cara scrittrice, ma con me non ce l’hai fatta…
Ma ti prego, non pensare che sia colpa tua.
Ti confesso che sono partita già prevenuta su Edmund, quindi il tuo romanzo non ha fatto altro che confermare i miei precedenti sentimenti.
Dai, a me puoi confessarlo, anche a te non piace Edmund, vero?
Forse hai cercato di sp
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Georgiana 1792
Insipido come Edmund

Avevo messo troppe aspettative nella lettura di questo Diario, forse perché Amanda Grange ci ha abituate male, forse perché nella sua Intervista l'autrice ci aveva parlato in toni entusiastici di Edmund, un personaggio che aveva riscoperto grazie alla stesura di questo libro.
Quindi speravo di riscoprire anch'io questo personaggio, di vederlo forse un po' meno innamorato di Mary Crawford – che, peraltro, è fedelissima all'originale di Jane Austen, quindi mi sembra inspiegabile
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Luciana Darce
Jul 03, 2014 Luciana Darce rated it really liked it
Bem… isso foi curioso… Dos romances da Austen, Mansfield Park é o que menos gosto (gosto de todos, mas todo mundo tem suas preferências...), e no entanto... no entanto, Edmund Bertram’s Diary foi meu diário favorito da série da Amanda Grange até agora (isso porque ainda falta ler o do Mr. Tilney e sempre gostei muito do Tilney...).

Irritava-me profundamente a forma como Bertram ficava totalmente cego por Mary e machucava Fanny e como ela se calava e deixava que ele – que tecnicamente era o moço b
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 Gigi Ann
Aug 11, 2012 Gigi Ann rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jane Austen Fans
This is the first book I've read in this series, by Amanda Grange's reworking of a Jane Austen story from the man's point of view. This novel is based on "Mansfield Park" but from Edmund Bertram's viewpoint.

To begin the book we see where Fanny Price arrives at Mansfield Park at 10 years old. Edmund befriends her, looks after her as she grows older. In his writings he writes a lot about Mary Crawford, because she was the woman he was in love with, even though she didn't really love him.

He continu
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Jess Swann
Aug 27, 2013 Jess Swann rated it liked it
J'avoue que j'étais assez impatiente de lire les pensées d'Edmund, notamment au sujet de Fanny et de Mary et je suis un peu déçue par ce journal. C'est bien écrit mais cela n'apporte pas grand chose de neuf par rapport au roman de Jane Austen. En vérité jusqu'à la page 237 c'était un peu de la redite. En revanche j'aime la description du moment où Edmund comprend la vraie nature de Mary c'était bien amené tout comme le passage où Fanny lui montre la lettre. La relation entre Fanny et Edmund étai ...more
Laura
Mar 07, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: austen-themed
A very solid alternative to re-reading the original. I'm just not sure if that is a compliment or not! I would probably have given it four stars for how much I enjoyed reading it, but I think a lot of that enjoyment came from Jane Austen and not Amanda Grange. There's very, very little added except a slightly deeper exploration of Edmund's stress at being left in charge of the estate and one very nicely done scene where he sees Fanny in a brand new light. Fanny's end character is nicely portraye ...more
Amy Jones
Mar 11, 2015 Amy Jones rated it liked it
I actually enjoyed this book far more than I enjoyed "Mansfield Park," which should be taken as less a comment on this book's quality and more a comment on how little I like Austen's novel. Fortunately, I have her other books as a comfort.
Allison
Apr 04, 2014 Allison rated it really liked it
Another triumph for Grange in her "Diary" series. Although my least favorite of Austen's books, I was still able to enjoy the story of Mansfield Park told from another perspective.
Stefanie Kellum
Jan 20, 2014 Stefanie Kellum rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
This is the only one of this series that I have read before actually reading the book it compliments. Mansfield Park is the only Jane Austen book I haven't read yet (I have seen 2 of the movies - the 90's one and the Billie Piper one.), and it's actually probably good that I read this first. I think if I'd had Fanny's perspective first, I wouldn't have wanted to read Edward's point-of-view, but having read his side first, it's a bit easier to stomach his infatuation with Miss Crawford and blindn ...more
Milka
Jun 11, 2010 Milka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
I could say that Edmund Bertram is my favorite Austen hero after Darcy. When I heard about this book I knew right away that I would love it. And I did, it is the best Jane Austen related Diary sequel I've even read.

The book begins when Fanny arrives to Mansfield Park and she and Edmund become friends. From the book you can totally feel the strong bond between Fanny and Edmund. When Mary Crawford comes into the picture you can really feel the struggle Edmund goes through. My favorite part of the
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Konstantina_pap
An enjoyable read, but not as good as the rest books of this series. The main problem is that it doesn't offer much rather than the story that we already know from Mansfield Park. I was hoping to get some insight on how Edmund came to be in love with Fanny, but here was also sudden and without a sufficient reason.
Helene
Mar 05, 2014 Helene rated it really liked it
It's always intriguing to go in the head of the male protagonist, especially Mr. Bertram's head and thoughts. Liked it very much :)
Nikki
Oct 13, 2015 Nikki rated it really liked it
Fanny Price has always been one of my favorite Austen heroines. And it was good to hear her story from the man who loves her.
Mary Beth
Jul 10, 2013 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing
Mansfield Park has always been my least loved Jane Austen book. I read this diary with trepidation. I enjoyed Tilney's Diary, and MR. Darcy's Diary -- but I also enjoyed those male characters in the original books. Edmund was a little wishy-washy for me.
However, that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this version of MAnsfield Park. Amanda Grange gave a spine and stronger character to Edmund. She also "explained" the gradual realization of Edmund's love for Fanny. Fanny, herself, was more likable
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Sonia Wellington
Oct 04, 2015 Sonia Wellington rated it really liked it
A fun new way to view Mansfield Park.
Ranielle
Aug 09, 2008 Ranielle rated it liked it
Patricia Rozema's 1999 film version did such a wonderful job of romanticizing what is, in my opinion, one of Jane Austen's least romantic tales and saddest heroines. I was hoping for more on the part of Edmund Bertram through his "diary", a better understanding of Mary Crawford's allure and more hints from the very beginning that Fanny Price was the girl and then the woman he loved more than any other. But Edmund remains fairly clueless, even by his "own" words, and there is nothing thrillingly ...more
Faby
May 01, 2014 Faby rated it it was amazing
Delightful! Amanda Grange does a wonderful job at recreating Jane Austen's books from the heroes' perspective, without disappointing Austen fans or deteriorating Austen's novel. I enjoyed everything of this book!! :D Mansfield Park is one of my favorite Austen books, and now Amanda Grange's novel is one of my favorites too!! :)
Stacey
Mar 13, 2009 Stacey rated it liked it
***Possible Spoilers***

This wasn't bad, but it is weak in comparison to Ms. Grange's other Diaries. At times it was downright boring. I would have liked to see a glimpse of Edmund and Fanny's life at Mansfield after their marriage but it was not mentioned. The ending was rather abrupt as if the author tired of writing and wanted to get it over with.

Edmund & Fanny are kind, low-key, considerate characters. Perhaps they are not the type to inspire passionate sparks but this book could have us
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Bettielee
Nov 19, 2014 Bettielee rated it really liked it
Shelves: janeite-fiction
Absolute love. I love this series of retellings from the heroes perspective from Amanda Grange. She takes hold of the story and retells it, as I said, from the heroes pov from his journal. She fills in the other side of the story so well, so everything just fits like a glove. She takes care to make the characters act like the same people you know from the books. I loved Edmund's warm personality. He was everything Edmund should be.... and he's not my favorite hero. I highly recommend this for an ...more
Elizabeth Hunter
Apr 07, 2010 Elizabeth Hunter rated it liked it
Shelves: uncat
I was impressed that Grange managed to find enough material in the character of Edward Bertram to write a story that is more than just a mirror of the events in Mansfield Park. His view of Fanny, from childhood through adulthood, and his awareness of the changes in her that are harder for Austen readers to see from such a close perspective, is really valuable. The tone is very even, which suits the main character but detracts from the potential drama, so that overall it's a very calm read.
Anastasia
Sep 06, 2013 Anastasia rated it liked it
I really enjoy this series, and I thought she captured Edmund particularly well. I really enjoy Mansfield Park in general, and it was interesting to read about it from his point of view. I only gave it three stars simply because Edmund himself was so infuriating! Every time he saw something about Mary Crawford he didn't like, he justified it somehow, and it made me want to scream. Which I guess means the author wrote him perfectly, but I never realized just how blind he really was. It's irritati ...more
Angela Demott
Apr 08, 2014 Angela Demott rated it liked it
Another reviewer made this comment, which accurately sums up how I feel about this book: "Would probably have given it four stars for how much I enjoyed reading it, but I think a lot of that enjoyment came from Jane Austen and not Amanda Grange."

The language was surprisingly believable, and the characters were true to form. It was mostly repetitive and didn't add anything extra to Mansfield Park. Since I wasn't expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised.
Sandi Layne
Jul 29, 2013 Sandi Layne rated it really liked it
It's not that the diary is poorly written; it's not. It's just that when you read Mansfield Park, you know that Fanny loved Edmund so there is the element of romance - even if the love is unrequited for most of the story.

Here, you get Edmund's perspective and the man is in love with someone ELSE throughout so mostly you just want to shake him.

3.5, rounding up, because Ms. Grange can't do anything about Edmund's interest in, sigh, Mary Crawford.
Charity U
Jul 14, 2011 Charity U rated it really liked it
Just finished it. :) I enjoyed it! I think I enjoyed Mr. Knightley's Diary better, but I like the story of Emma better anyway. Fun to read it from his point of view. :) I'm glad, our library has two more of these (I think) and I'm going to read them soon. A recommended read for Jane Austen fans. Now I want to see the movie...
Nicole Galbraith
Nov 12, 2010 Nicole Galbraith rated it really liked it
Edmund Bertram's Diary is a retelling of the classic Mansfield Park. There is a plethora of Jane Austen fan fiction available. In my opinion, Amanda Grange's "Diary" series is the best. She stays true to Austen's original works. Nothing about the story is changed, but Edmund Bertram's voice provides an interesting twist, that hooks the reader, even though we know how it's going to end.
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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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