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Mr. Knightley's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes #2)

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Relive Jane Austen's Emma- from Mr. Knightley's point of view.

Between managing his estate and visiting his brother in London, Mr. Knightley is both exasperated and amused by his irresistibly beautiful, outrageously mischievous neighbor, Emma Woodhouse, whose misguided attempts at matchmaking are wreaking havoc in the village of Highbury.

But when a handsome newcomer arr
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Berkley (first published August 31st 2006)
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Anne
Mr. Knightley, forever favourite <3





This book was wonderful. I loved reading about Mr. Knightley's feelings, and seeing how he gradually fell in love with Emma. In Jane Austen's original, it is said that he has "loved her ever since she was thirteen", but in Mr. Knightley's Diary, he takes a heck of a time to figure out that the reason why he enjoys his evenings at Hartfield above any other evenings, and that he likes to look at Emma more than at any other woman is because he loves her, but I
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Garnette
Jun 14, 2009 Garnette rated it it was amazing
Did Jane Austen talk over characterization with her mother and sister Cassandra? Did she have an editor whose sole job was to succor the novel’s development and support the author lest there be a grievous oversight? We have no evidence Jane did have that modern boon – someone very interested in furthering the author’s work.

Now we have writing coaches, workshops, groups, classes, best friends and the best of all possible mentors, (paid) professional editors skilled and trained in literature and h
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Maria
Feb 11, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-related
“Mr. Knightley’s diary” is a pleasant retelling of Jane Austen’s “Emma”. It is the story told from the perspective of the male hero and it tries, as the other Austen heroes’ diaries do, to give some answers to all the questions a true Austen admirer might ask by giving voice to the men.

I have always thought that Mr. Knightley was the perfect husband. And after reading “his diary” I can tell I was not mistaken. George Knightley has all the greatest qualities of a perfect man and husband. He is h
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Susan
Nov 22, 2007 Susan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
This was my first dip into the world of Austen-ana. Certain Austen enthusiasts have created a branch of fan fiction (books and movies) that imagines retellings of her tales from other established characters' viewpoints. For some strange reason, I thought I should see what it was all about.

From my experience with Mr. Knightley's Diary, I am in no hurry to try again. It is a sad retelling indeed that not only bores the reader, but causes the reader to wonder why she ever liked certain characters
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Chelsea
I have a sinking feeling that I'm going to work my way through all of Grange's books and have mixed feelings about all of them. In this case, she relied too much on the awkward "for some reason". Mr. Knightley prefers spending time at Hatfield over anywhere else... for some reason. Mr. Knightley dislikes Frank Churchill... for some reason. Mr. Knightley doesn't think anyone is good enough to Emma... for some reason. It's the author's way of nudging the reader - see? see? look at our little in-jo ...more
Hailee
Mar 18, 2017 Hailee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.

Reading any of Jane Austen's novels from the hero's perspective always has interesting aspects but on the whole this was quite bland. I don't think the diary format helped in this respect as it was so simply written (as a diary naturally would be). It was basically a novel that was just a recording of he/she said this and he/she did this. The end. If you add this to the fact that I read this a week after finishing Emma so maybe the story was still to fresh in my mind.

It was a quick rea
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Sarah - Thornton's girl
Sep 12, 2015 Sarah - Thornton's girl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-to-buy





Right so I've just finished reading Mr Knightley's diary by Amanda Grange and its absolutley amazing!!! I love it love it love it.
Having Mr Knightley being my Austen hero its really interesting to read from his point of view all the scandal Emma gets up to and when he starts to find himself falling in love with Emma and the Jealously of Mr Knightley vs Frank Churchill invovled.
For having being friend with Emma Woodhouse to find yourself falling in love with her is a romantic story to tell. Hav
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Debbie
Aug 09, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Splendid. Delightful. Sighing happy perfection.

In our modern world were every bit of news on paper, television and social media is of a negative and depressing connotation, it is a great relief to still be able to open a book for shelter and cover from the reality of the sad cruel cruel world. I do it often. Books are and have always been my haven. I was delighted this time to retreat back into the 1800's to the quaint town of Highbury to be a fly on the wall reading the musings of Mr. Knightl
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Becca
Sep 05, 2012 Becca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As I have also said about Captain Wentworth’s Diary, I believe that Mr Knightley’s Diary is Emma the way that Emma should have been told in the first place.

My main problem with Emma was the huge amounts of doing absolutely nothing, the irritating heroine (who did grow on me, eventually, a bit), and the fact that after a lot of pages all the characters ended up pretty much where they began – for example, Harriet and Robert Martin.

Mr Knightley’s Diary fixes all of these problems. To be honest, Mr
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Ahnya
Dec 01, 2014 Ahnya rated it liked it
Shelves: jaff
I enjoyed the book, but there was nothing that stuck out. It was the story of Emma from the perspective of Mr. Knightley. Mr. Knightley has always been one of my favorite men in Jane Austen. I see him differently than the author, and maybe that is why I didn't love the book. I didn't see him as fickle, or emotional. For me Mr. Knightley was always a steadfast, and grounded man who loved Emma, and because of that love he wanted to see her be better.

All in all a good read if you are looking for
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Natasha
Mar 28, 2012 Natasha rated it liked it
Note on source: I was wandering through the library looking for who knows what, and found this book written from the perspective of Emma's Mr. Knightley. How could I resist?

Update: Finished it last night. It was fine, but nothing worth re-reading, no quotes to write down, no brilliant insights. Fun, but nothing more.

Sophie
This sheds a new light on Knightley!! Great to see how it finally dawned on him that Emma was the one for him, and then having to put up with the abominable Churchill pining over his Lady!
Jess Swann
Mar 15, 2013 Jess Swann rated it really liked it
Au départ, j’étais un peu inquiète à l’idée de le lire en anglais. Ce n’est pas ma langue maternelle et je n’ai pas un niveau de dingue non plus, même si je le comprends bien à l’écrit.
Les premières pages m’ont rassurée d’entrée, le livre est très abordable même si on est pas bilingue et je n’ai eu aucune difficultés de compréhension durant ma lecture (connaitre l’histoire m’a peut-être un peu aidée) Sur l’histoire, et bien c’est très fidèle à l’original mis à part quelques déviations et j’ai bi
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Pancake
Jan 01, 2014 Pancake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historique
Ah ce cher Mr Knightley, j'avais hâte de lire son journal. Je le classerai en troisième position de mes personnages masculins préférés de Jane Austen après le Capitaine Wentworth et Mr Darcy.

J'ai attaqué la lecture de ce livre en étant sûre de passer un agréable moment, et je n'ai pas été déçue. Amanda Grange relève encore une fois avec brio la tâche ardue d'écrire une adaptation d'une oeuvre de Jane Austen. Car il faut bien l'avouer, les fans de Jane Austen (dont je fais partie) sont assez diff
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Isabel
May 10, 2011 Isabel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
A few years ago I read "Mr Darcy's Diary" by the same author. I can't remember whether I liked that book very much or not. All I remember is that I had a positive feeling about it, not only because it was true to Austen's style, but it made me want to read Captain Wentworth's Diary, if that existed. I don't remember if it did at the time or not, in any case, I did not get it and forgot about the books until very recently when I read in the Goodreads newsletter that Henry Tilney's Diary had just ...more
Rachel
I didn't expect the quality of the prose or the depth of the writing to be equal to those of Jane Austen, but I did expect them to be as good as one would expect from any standard work of writing for adults. In this I was disappointed.
Still, it was a somewhat entertaining read. It seemed kind of pointless that so much of it was the exact same events told in Emma but less eloquently from the perspective of someone else in the same room (although at least, since Jane Austen thought of them, they m
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Castiron
Aug 19, 2009 Castiron rated it liked it
Shelves: library-checkout
Emma retold through Mr. Knightley's point of view. A fun book, but it doesn't give me enough of what I want from this kind of novel — an idea of what the hero actually does, besides be interested in the heroine. Not that Grange avoids this, but Grange is more likely to summarize Mr. Knightley’s actions as “discussed parish business” or “talked with William Larkin about various problems”, rather than being specific.

Grange adds several original characters, which makes absolute sense; while Mr. Kni
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Judine
Jul 11, 2011 Judine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, austen
I absolutely LOVE the voice Grange gives Mr. Knightley in this book. Of the three Austen hero diaries I've read, this is my favorite. First, I enjoyed the fact that Knightley had a hard time realizing he was in love with Emma -- in fact, one of his friends has to point it out to him more than once before he realizes the truth of it all. Second, it introduces new characters while remaining true to the characters from the original novel -- and all of Knightley's opinions on these characters seem a ...more
Bry
This is a retelling of Jane Austen's Emma from the perspective of Mr. Knightly.

I enjoyed getting to see the story from a different perspective, and especially from seeing Emma's character revealed in such a way as from another character who befriended her, scolded her, and loved her.

The novel lacks some of the plot suspense as in the original novel, but that is only to be expected since it is written in diary form.

All in all, I could definitely read it again, and it makes a good companion nov
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Rachel
Jan 24, 2008 Rachel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Austen lovers
Recommended to Rachel by: Desiree
My sister got this for Christmas and I borrowed it for a fun plane read. From the point of view of Mr. Knightley from Jane Austen's Emma. Of course it is nothing compared to Austen but entertaining to revisit her charming story. I did enjoy Mr. Darcy's Diary by the same author more than this one, probably because I also like Pride and Prejudice more, and Mr. Darcy is so dreamy, as everyone knows...
Zuzana
Feb 22, 2017 Zuzana rated it it was ok
Huge disappointment. I wanted to like this book but it was impossible. I hated Mr. Knightley's spiteful entries about Frank (and improbable sideplot about Miss Bates's admirer. The rest of it was just BORING!
Anna
Sep 17, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
Review originally posted on Diary of an Eccentric

Of course, after I finished Emma, I immediately searched for books inspired by Jane Austen’s novel, which is now among my all-time favorites. I wasn’t ready to let go of the fascinating characters that inhabit the small village of Highbury, so you can image how delighted I was to come across Mr. Knightley’s Diary. I enjoy reading Amanda Grange’s retellings of Austen’s novels through the eyes of her heroes (read my reviews of Captain Wentworth’s Di
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Christine
Mar 06, 2017 Christine rated it it was ok
Well, it didn't spend all of it's pages quoting large chunks of the original story the way Mr. Darcy's Story did so, that was reassuring.
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Les réécritures des livres de Jane Austen sont nombreuses et Amanda Grange en a fait sa spécialité avec plusieurs œuvres de ce type à son actif. Pourtant, beaucoup sont les auteurs qui s’y sont cassés les dents. Adepte inconditionnelle de la célèbre romancière anglaise, je suis à chaque fois très curieuse de découvrir ces adaptations. Ayant dans l’ensemble plutôt apprécié Le journal de Mr Darcy, je me suis donc lancée dans cette lecture avec beaucoup de curiosité et d’impatience, d'autant plus q ...more
Mullgirl
Mar 18, 2014 Mullgirl rated it it was ok
Ew. How’s that for a review in one word? In the interest of full-disclosure, I have to admit that I generally don’t like any diary-formatted types of stories. I’ve always found them to be too weak. The author basically gets a free ride on character development. And half of the fun of novel reading is getting into other people’s heads, seeing the way that they tick, and then buying into the plot line that the author has woven. I should also say that I have read a couple of other books by Amanda G ...more
Laura
Sep 05, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Jane Austen is one of my favorites. She just wrote so well, and was witty and charming, all while showing how human her characters were and could be.

Emma has always been a great book, but I have to say that Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Austen book. I know those characters much better than I know most of her others, which is why I liked reading Knightley's perspective of the whole affair.

Emma Woodhouse, for those not familiar with the original story, is a young 20-something year old girl w
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Emily
Feb 18, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I think it's worth repeating that what your personal opinions and ideas are about these beloved characters - who they are and how they should act - will tell whether or not you enjoy the book.

I had more misgivings about this book than the one on Mr. Darcy. Emma happens to be my favorite Jane Austen novel and I feel few people have done it true justice. So I was rather anxious to see what the author would do with this book. Overall, I enjoyed it. It was a nice, light, quick read. I will say that
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Luciana Darce
Jul 03, 2014 Luciana Darce rated it really liked it
Aposto que muitos fãs de Austen por aqui já conhecem o trabalho da Amanda Grange. Já li muitos elogios ao seu Mr. Darcy’s Diary e comentários menos empolgados para sua continuação vampírica de Orgulho e Preconceito. – já li os dois e concordo com ambas as opiniões: no primeiro, ela foi bastante fiel e gostosa de ler, no segundo, é meio óbvio que ela não tem muita prática com o mundo do sobrenatural e a forma como ela trabalha o mito do vampiro é meio que bastante bizarra.

O caso é que, curiosamen
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Elizabeth
Feb 08, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: austenuation
Update (finished!): I must admit myself excessively diverted by the last several chapters, and so I am upgrading my rating from 2 stars to 3, despite my earlier misgivings about whether this book is worth a future re-read. Everything after Mr. Knightley's proposal, especially all the dialogue and talk of weddings, was very entertaining.

Update (now on page 236): Okay things are getting more interesting now that Mr Knightley is aware of his own feelings. Still I stand by my earlier criticism; I w
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Alice
Dans la série des Journaux Intimes d'Amanda Grange, je demande Mr. Knightley's. Je vous l'ai dit, enthousiasmée par Mr. Darcy's Diary, je n'avais pas chipoté plus longtemps avant de commander toute la série. Et même mon avis plutôt mitigé sur le Edmund Bertram's Diary ne m'a pas découragé de continuer ma lecture. Me voilà donc prête pour un tête-à-tête avec ce cher Knightley.

J'ai eu beaucoup de mal à donner une note à ce livre parce que je trouve qu'il se décompose en deux partie de niveaux t
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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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“To a good man, yes, one who knows her in all her moods, who can laugh at her follies and rejoice in her virtues; who will not allow her to give in to her worst instincts; one who knows her, and who, knowing her, will still love her, and love her as she should be loved.” 19 likes
“As he talked, I watched Emma and wondered what is to become of her. She is of an age to be married but she spends her time with people who are so much older than she, that she is never likely to meet a husband. And if she does, I do not know if she will wish to marry. She is too comfortable where she is. Her father is easy to please and she can do as she likes with the household. A husband will have his own views, and Emma is not likely to take to that way of living.” 7 likes
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