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Willoughby's Return: A Tale of Almost Irresistible Temptation

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  417 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
A lost love returns, rekindling forgotten passions...

In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, when Marianne Dashwood marries Colonel Brandon, she puts her heartbreak over dashing scoundrel John Willoughby in the past.

Three years later, Willoughby's return throws Marianne into a tizzy of painful memories and exquisite feelings of uncertainty. Willoughby is as charming, as ro
Paperback, 345 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
“Sense and Sensibility” is such a lovely, honest, and entertaining novel; it such a shame that not many authors have attempted to compose a sequel for it. I have greatly enjoyed “Colonel Brandon's Diary” by Amanda Grange (S&S told from Colonel Brandon's point-of-view) and “Reason and Romance” by Debra White Smith (a modern adaption with Christian undertones); but neither of those are sequels or include a continuation story for Margaret. But now, having read “Willoughby's Return,” I feel I ha ...more
Oct 27, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it
I have to admit up front that although Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book I have never read Sense and Sensibility. I have only seen the movie and since I really enjoyed it, especially Mr. Willoughby, I couldn't resist picking up this book.

It starts off a little slow but I did get drawn into the plight of Marianne's sister, Margaret, and her love for Henry Lawrence. In fact, I felt this romance more so than the tension between Marianne and Mr. Willoughby was the focus in the book. T
Enjoyably delightful sequel to Sense and Sensibility

While the Jane Austen sequel industry abounds with numerous books inspired by Pride and Prejudice, regretfully there are very few sequels to Austen's first published novel Sense and Sensibility. Why? Possibly because some readers have been disappointed with half of Austen's unsatisfactory ending for her two heroines. While the two Dashwood sisters do marry: staid and stoic Elinor to Edward Ferrars and impulsive and free-spirited Marianne to Col
Jun 29, 2012 Amanda rated it did not like it
I was intrigued by this book and while I am a strong Brandon fan, I was interested to see how the author brought back the selfish Willoughby.

Needless to say I wasn't too impressed. For one the author took far too long to get to the point. In a way that is fine for it shows the relationship of Brandon and Marianne better, but if you advertise it to be about Willoughby trying desperately to win Marianne back then the story should, I don't know, be about Marianne and Willoughby a bit more than a p
Maria Grazia
Jul 21, 2010 Maria Grazia rated it really liked it
I've always wished a second chance for Marianne Dahwood and John Willoughby. I've never totally accepted the common judgement of Willoughby as a dashing scoundrel, a libertine. Then, let's say that Jane Odiwe made my dream come true: Willoughby returns into Marianne's life now that she is Mrs Brandon as well as little James's mother.
Three years later, when she has put her heartbreak over him in the past, Willoughby comes back with all his charming ways. He is as roguish and as much in love with
Hylary Locsin
Oct 03, 2011 Hylary Locsin rated it liked it
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This sequel to Jane Austen's classic novel Sense and Sensibility (1811) picks up three years after the events of the original story. Marianne Dashwood, now Mrs. Brandon, is happily married to the devoted Colonel Brandon, and has a child of her own. Her sister, Elinor Dashwood, now Mrs. Ferrars, lives nearby with her husband Edward and their children. This novel focuses more, however, on the younge
Becky R.
Sep 06, 2009 Becky R. rated it liked it
While my three stars might be deceptive, I think my response had more to do with some key factors, and not the quality of the writing itself.

Overall, I felt that Odiwe's story of Willoughby returning into Marianne Brandon's life to be pretty difficult. As a huge fan of all things Austen, I (like many fans) loved Colonel Brandon for seeing Marianne as she was and loving her unconditionally. In the end, I wanted to see Marianne step up to the plate and demonstrate her appreciation for Brandon's s
Sep 29, 2011 Candy rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
I just finished reading Sense and Sensibility for it's 200th birthday, so I thought I'd top it off with Willoughbly's Return. It is a fantastic sequel to S&S! I'm so glad I read it!
It’s roughly three years later, Marianne is very much in love with her husband Colonel Brandon. Things are not always smooth sailing for the couple. Whenever a letter arrives from Eliza, Colonel Brandon’s ward, the Colonel is off to Lyme to take care of whatever is ailing her or her daughter. Marianne is jealous
Jul 05, 2011 Charlene rated it really liked it
This is my first adventure into something other than "Pride and Prejudice" fan fiction!! I have to admit this was a wonderful story!! The story starts out a few years after Marianne and Col Brandon get married. They have a 2-3 yr old. They are settled into married life and are very happy. But Marianne being Marianne, she's still self centered and things don't always go the way she wants. And into the mix of a little misunderstanding; Mr Willoughby returns into the neighborhood. And to boot he's ...more
Jul 05, 2011 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jane Austen sequel lovers
For my first Jane Austen Sequel novel it was everything I could have expected. I'm sure Ms Austen herself would be proud. This rendition involved all our favorite characters from Sense and Sensibility. Marianne is happilly living with Colonel Brandan and their child. Elinor, Edward and their children are enjoying quiet life at the parsonage near by. Mrs Dashwood and Margaret are still living at the comfortable cottage with the Middletons and Mrs Jennings involved in their lives as constant as ev ...more
Aug 01, 2010 Lindi rated it liked it
Shelves: austen-esque, romance
Disappointing read, after Odiwe's Lydia Bennett's Story. While the plot was promising, I was not convinced in her characters. Lydia I believed; this Marianne -- not so much. Sometimes she blurts out whatever she is thinking. It's described as a part of her frank personality. But then, she won't talk to Colonel Brandon about her feelings and disappointments, etc. That doesn't make sense to me.

The premise is good, though. About five years has passed from the end of Sense and Sensibility and Margar
Georgiana 1792
Jul 14, 2011 Georgiana 1792 rated it really liked it
The First Love's name is an ANATHEMA

Tutto il sequel gioca sui tabù collegati al primo amore: fra Marianne e il Colonel Brandon (William, questo è il nome che la Odiwe ha scelto per il nostro eroe) ci sono degli argomenti immenzionabili. Uno di questi è Eliza, il primo amore del Colonnello, morta ormai da anni. Marianne crede che il suo William abbia scelto lei come ripiego, ed è gelosissima della figlia di lei, Eliza e della piccola Lizzie, nata dalla relazione della giovane con John Willoughby.
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Ma connaissance de Jane Austen se limite à Orgueil et Préjugés, je l'avoue sans honte. (Aaah, Elizabeth Bennett et Mr Darcy <3 ).
Exit donc les Emma, Persuasion et bien sûr Raisons et Sentiments. Quand m'a été donnée l'opportunité de découvrir ce Austen-like reprenant l'histoire de John Willoughby, j'ai d'abord pensé qu'il était assez bizarre de commencer une "série" sans en avoir lu le premier tome, puis en voyant cette magnifique couverture, je me suis lancée.
Même si ce roman m'a
Ragione e Sentimento - Atto Secondo
"E se Marianne avesse perdonato Willoughby?"

Questa pare sia la vera domanda all'origine del sequel di Jane Odiwe: una seconda chance, oppure, una vicenda alternativa a quella del suo romanzo d'ispirazione.
Un'ottima domanda, non c'è che dire...essa scatena naturalmente conseguenze interessanti, una trama che si complica nuovamente conferendo vita ad un secondo atto di una storia che ci pareva conclusa nel trionfo della Ragione e del Sentimento.

L'attenzione narra
Jess Swann
Mar 04, 2017 Jess Swann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alors, en général, je suis assez sceptique sur les austeneries de Milady mais je dois admettre que j'ai beaucoup aimé celle ci. Les personnages sont fidèles aux originaux et j'aime beaucoup la manière dont Marianne tente de se dominer. Le colonel Brandon est toujours aussi barbant ( désolée pour les fans) et austère. En parallèle, Willoughby est très réussi et je suis à nouveau tombée sous son charme. Sa relation avec Marianne et son désir de rédemption sont cohérents, bien amenés et réjouissant ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Sep 04, 2009 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen is one book by her I have not read, however, I love the movie with Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet, and yes - I'm saving the best for last - Alan Rickman. Colonel Brandon and Marianne's relationship is one of my favorites. When Willoughby's Return was offered for review, I snatched it, excited to return to that world again.

Willoughby's Return starts a few years later. Colonel Brandon and Marianne have a two year old son and Margaret still lives at hom
Apr 23, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
(And so my Austen follow-up fest continues...)

"Willoughby's Return," a carefully-crafted sequel to Austen's beloved "Sense and Sensibility," finds Marianne Brandon (nee Dashwood) front-and-center of the action, with Miss Margaret Dashwood clamoring at the bit to assume her middle-sister's romantic heroine role. Our beloved and worthy Elinor, settled happily at last with Rev. Edward Ferrars, is hardly a footnote to the text; but lovable blow-hard Mrs. Jennings has a major role in this true-to-for
Feb 23, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it
Après plusieurs déception ou lectures moyennes ces derniers temps, ce fut un réel ravissement que de me plonger dans ce roman. Me voilà revenue dans Raison et Sentiments, trois ans plus tard, pour découvrir une Marianne toujours pétillante qui tente de surmonter quelques petits problèmes de couple avec le Colonel et de marier sa soeur Margaret à chaque parti convenable de la région. Et comme toutes ses vies sont un petit peu trop paisibles, Willoughby va venir mettre son petit grain de sel...

Jul 30, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing
If you’ve been to my blog before you know that I adore Jane Austen and I have a serious obsession with Austen fan fic. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this book not only due to my love of all things Jane Austen but also because I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Odiwe’s previous effort, opportunity to review this book not only due to my love of all things Jane Austen but also because I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Odiwe’s previous effort, Lydia Bennet’s Story.

Ms. Odiwe again took a secondary c
Oct 28, 2009 Serena rated it liked it
Willoughby's Return by Jane Odiwe reunites readers with Mr. and Mrs. Brandon and Marianne's sisters Margaret and Elinor from Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen.

"But three years of married life had done little to really change her. Marianne still had an impetuous nature, she still retained a desire for impulse and enterprises undertaken on the spur of the moment." (Page 3)

Truer words were never spoken about Marianne. She is the same impetuous girl from Austen's book, even though she is marri
Sep 05, 2012 Katherine rated it really liked it
Marianne is in love with her husband Colonel Brandon but she is very jealous about his ward and her daughter (illegimate daughter of Willoughby) but doesn't express her feelings to her husband. Whenever he is away to care for their needs Marianne is thrust into the path of Willoughby who is not happily settled, very much regrets Marianne and tries to convince her that she still loves him. Marianne keeps each encounter with Willoughby secret from her husband and secrets always foster doubt which ...more
Jaime Huff
Nov 15, 2009 Jaime Huff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dashwood sisters fans, Sense and Sensibility fans, Jane Austen fans,
Sense and Sensibility was such an awesome book by the fantastic Jane Austen starring the wonderful Dashwood sisters, the heartbreaking Willoughby, the brooding Colonel Brandon and an array of other wonderful characters.

I have been enjoying the selection of Jane Austen sequels, and Willoughby's Return by Jane Odiwe is right there leading the pack. Marianne,in my opinion, was spoiled, vivid and full of life and Jane Odiwe has maintained that spirit as she brings us to Marianne's life and her marr
May 24, 2012 Geoff rated it really liked it
As with Dancing with Mr. Darcy I picked up a copy of this novel when Border’s Books closed down in September of 2011 and as such counts as a bonus book for my 2013 Mount TBR Reading challenge. And I have to say I’m glad I picked up a copy. Of all the Austen fan-fiction novels I’ve read so far Odiwe’s book has had the closest language and wit to the originals. It wasn’t as good as the originals, as I don’t think anything can be, but it was definitely the closest in style which was very nice.

Aug 29, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
I am a sucker for Austen fan fiction, but this one was underwhelming. I was impressed by the author's ability to capture Austen's tone, at least in terms of grammar, structure and diction, though there were a few instances where contemporary usage crept in, and that was a little jarring. There was also something a little off with the storytelling, though that might simply have been my own dislike of how she chose to further develop these beloved characters. I know fan fiction is all about interp ...more
Christine Roberts
Sep 13, 2016 Christine Roberts rated it liked it
Willoughby has returned and he is bumping into Marianne Brandon at every turn. These unexpected meetings force Marianne to relive all of their painful, yet exquisite memories of the past. While she has been happily married to Colonel Brandon for three years, she has continually been in doubt of the attentions being paid to his ward Eliza and her daughter, Willoughby's child. Insecure in Colonel Brandon's affections and love, Marianne is forced to consider if she made the right decision in marryi ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
I really liked this sequel to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. In this book, Jane Odiwe takes us forward 3 years from the time that Marianne and Colonel Brandon are married. They have a sweet little boy and all seems right with the world. Marianne is excited to introduce her sister Margaret to Henry Lawrence, Colonel Brandon's nephew who has returned from studying on the continent. Unfortunately, Marianne's world is about to be turned upside down with the reappearance of John Willoughby. Mar ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Opal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of a 3.5 rating then a 4 star rating.

I really wanted to love this book. I did, but I didn't. The plot wasn't badly paced even if it got off to a rather slow start. I didn't like the fact that Elinor wasn't in the book much. She hardly put in an appearance.

Marianne and Margaret's characters were inconsistent. Marianne was impulsive and out-spoken one moment then she was cautious and reserved the next moment. Margaret was childish and giddy one moment then mature and thoughtful the next. Marg
May 13, 2012 Jennefer rated it liked it
This was better than I thought - I wasn't thrilled about the idea of Marianne being tempted by Willoughby but I thought her reactions were well supported and natural. I liked Margaret's story also although I thought some of Henry's actions a little unrealistic at certain points . . . I can't elaborate without giving away the plot. The ending was a little too easy of a fix in Colonel Brandon and Marianne's relationship. In general I felt like the author has a good grasp of human nature and jealou ...more
Oct 28, 2016 Rachel rated it did not like it
A paltry, contrived affair, I'm surprised that any publisher thought this worthy of elevation from the depths of fan fiction where it was so clearly born. Odiwe cannot seem to decide whether she is writing an novel or a play; she regularly gives characters unnecessary soliloquys during which they ramble for pages about their own motivations in such a stilted way that it begs disbelief. Her characterization of Marianne, so praised in many of the reviews I had read, is completely spastic - on mult ...more
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