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Willoughby's Return by Jane Odiwe
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Jun 29, 2012

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 party here and a meeting there. It took 3/4 of the book for the author to bring about anything of interest. While I liked seeing Marianne grow up a bit, she wasn't the main character I was absolutely annoyed with.

I don't know what possessed this author to turn Margret into a cookie cutter of her older sister, Marianne, but she did! Margret was one of my favorite supporting characters because she was adventerous and bold. She never understood social niceities and was always honest. Now Margret has grown up and she basically admits she wants a romance with a man like Willoughby. Partly I am to blame for my dislike since I envisioned Margret with a Captain or another adventurer. I had always thought she would be anxious to get out and see the world not caring if it was by marriage or her own way, she would seek out her own adventure out of life. It wouldn't bother me quite so much if the author had stuck true the Margret I knew from the book. Instead this author basically turns her into Marianne and in love with Willoughby 2.0. And what made me crazy was that the guy that I would have thought to be perfect for her freedom loving ways, she dismissed as nothing but a brother like male. Ugh!

If you're going to write Jane Austin Fiction then at least have the respect to not reinvent the characters, but try to stick true to their original backgrounds. Don't like it then write your own blasted story and leave Miss Austin's characters alone!
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Jennifer I am a die-hard Austen fan; a purist. Marianne annoyed me in Sense and Sensibility, but she was an unchecked, passionate young woman--mix in some officers and there's sure to be mischief. Margaret, I feel would have become more of a Lizzie Bennet character, perhaps with a mix of Anne Eliot--sensible, headstrong and has a thing for the navy and a desire to see the world. Wiloughby is a player, plain and simple; he has a reputation and for Marianne to allow herself to fall into his company again would go against the lessons she learned in Sense and Sensibilty--where her unchecked passion led her into becoming deathly ill, and had it been any other writer of the time besides Austen, Marianne would have died. Marianne's illness served as a warning for the younger readers of Austen's time figuratively.

Bad boys are fun, but a love where two minds and hearts understand each other along with financial security ... what more could a girl really want?

Amanda I agree! I liked how in the original book both sisters were very different. This book turned Margret into Marianne which annoyed me to NO END.

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