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Colonel Brandon's Diary by Amanda Grange
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Jul 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: jane-austen-like, fan-fic
Read in July, 2009

This book really consists of two parts. The first part, or more accurately, the first half of this book is about James Brandon’s life before he met Marianne Dashwood. That’s right, that means we find out what happened between him and Eliza (his first love), from Ms. Grange’s imagination of course. So, the first half of the book is rather slow and we get to see quite a different Brandon than the one we know and love from Sense and Sensibility. The second half of this book consists of (now) Colonel Brandon’s life and thoughts upon meeting and interacting with Marianne Dashwood. The second half of the book is of course my favorite as I am a huge fan of the love story between Brandon and Marianne. To me the first half gets 3 stars and the second half gets 4 ½ stars. Ms. Grange does a wonderful job of showing how Brandon changes through his different life experiences. It doesn’t happen all at once; rather it is a realistic gradual change in character and temperament. This is a wonderful story, and if you love Brandon and Marianne as I do, then you will enjoy this book.

There are two things that would have given this book 5 stars instead of 4. First, unfortunately, this book is sadly lacking in detail. As it is written as a “diary” from a man’s point of view it expresses feelings and facts and does not go into detail about anything, which is sad, as that would have added greatly to the book. Secondly, after I finished reading the book, I started wishing that Ms. Grange included more interaction between Brandon and Marianne after they got married. This book ends with their marriage, and I found myself wanting to know how each adjusted to married life.

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