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Captain Wentworth's Diary

(Jane Austen Heroes #3)

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Amanda Grange continues her series of much-loved Jane Austen retellings with "Captain Wentworth's Diary". It is 1806, and the Napoleonic wars are ravaging Europe. Frederick Wentworth, a brilliant young man with a flourishing career in the navy, is spending his shore leave in Somerset, where he meets and falls in love with Anne Elliot. The two become engaged, but Anne's god ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 30th 2007 by Robert Hale Ltd
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Julie
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of all the heros of Jane Austen's books, I would have to say I like Captain Wentworth the best. Amanda Grange wrote a believable diary of the Captain.

I know many Austen fans may shun me but I think I like Captain Wentworth even better than Mr. Darcy. He came from nothing and made himself into a great man never forgetting who he was and the value of all people and love. You can not say as much of Mr. Darcy. Although I do esteem him highly. Despite the fact these are all fictional characters.
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Anne
And I am now officially hooked on Amanda Grange's Austen heroes diaries!!! Captain Wentworth's Diary was wonderful! I enjoyed reading the story through his point of view so much, especially as he had always appeared to me as one of the most enigmatic and intriguing Austen heroes. Now after this lovely novel by Amanda Grange, I feel like I know Wentworth and I understand him much more. Grange remained true to the original Persuasion, but she also recounted Anne and Wentworth's first meetings, fal ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
If you are a fan of Jane Austen and Persuasion (Oxford World's Classics) I am sure you have wondered about how Captain Wentworth and Anne met, how they fell in love, what happened eight years ago and how does what happened eight years ago affect them later on. I have read Persuasion by Jane Austen and I admire it very much, but I have always felt unsatisfied not knowing how the story began. Of course we may never know what Jane Austen had in mind for Wentworth and Anne, but Amanda Grange makes a ...more
Hallie
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I knew this was a risk, and it might have paid off a little better had I just been determined enough to skip the first section altogether, once I found it wasn't going well. Instead, I skipped to the second part (which pretty much starts where Persuasion does), read and enjoyed that, and then went back to the beginning. Even though the author doesn't stick closely enough to the original in every particular to suit me, the need to fit what she's writing in with actual dialogue does keep Wentworth ...more
Andrea
Mar 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
Just because you're a Jane Austen fan doesn't mean you should steal her beloved characters and turn them into prattling idiots that actually belong on the pages of a Harlequin paperback.
Anna
After I finished Jane Austen’s Persuasion, I wasn’t ready to let the characters go, so I quickly got my hands on a copy of Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange. There are so few sequels and retellings of Persuasion, so I should have savored this one, but I tore through this book in one day. Sigh.

Persuasion is told from the point of view of Anne Elliot, who is persuaded by her friend, Lady Russell, to break her engagement to the love her life, Frederick Wentworth, simply because he isn’t ri
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Maria
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-related
Have you ever wondered how Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot met and fell in love? What exactly happened eight years before the events every Janeites know better than anyone? In this diary by Amanda Grange you will find all the answers to your questions about “Persuasion”. This is the story told by Frederick Wentworth’s point of view, a touching and romantic book that will enthrall you all from the first page until the end.

I had been wanting to read this book for a long time. I had it on my Kind
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Vicki Cline
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Jane Austen's Persuasion, told from the viewpoint of Anne Elliot's spurned lover Captain Wentworth. The most interesting part is the story of how they met and fell in love, then separated, i.e. the part that happened eight years before the beginning of Persuasion. I was hoping for some episodes of the captain's adventures at sea, but the second part of the book takes up when they meet again. It's very much the flavor of Austen's book and I liked seeing events from another vi ...more
Fluffychick
I read Darcy's Diary by the same author last year and thought it was "okay". I think this one works better for a couple of reasons, but my grumble is it's written in diary form, but there is a vast amount of direct speech used throughout, particularly in the latter half. A lot of this is lifted straight from the original, and lets face it, if you're reading this you'll probably be pretty familiar with the original text anyway. No-one writes a diary using direct speech, so maybe it needs a differ ...more
Aneca
Aug 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen book so it was with high expectations that I started this story, supposedly Captain's Wentworth's version of the events. The first chapters of the book report Wentworth and Anne's meeting 8 years before Persuasion starts and so come solely out of Amanda Grange's imagination. When they meet Wentworth, at first, mistakes her for a maid and asks her for a dance to save her from the arrogant Miss Elliott. The story proceeds as the two meet at several social fun ...more
Stacey
This is a wonderful read. Over the first half of the book, Grange makes a very believable impression of how Wentworth and Anne met and fell in love. He is the adventurous charmer, and she positively blooms under his attention. His pursuit of her is quite lovely.
Eight years later he returns to Uppercross, thinking he'd forgotten about the woman he once loved. You know the rest... and reading it from his point of view will make you love "Persuasion" even more.
I personally enjoyed this diary bett
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Rebecca May
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I am so happy with this book! I read it last of the Diaries that I owned, not really knowing what to expect, and I couldn’t be more delighted. Persuasion is one of my least favourite Austen books, and consequently Captain Wentworth is not my favourite hero. But this Diary really raised his esteem in my eyes, though I don’t think his ranking on the Hero list has changed.

As I thought with Mr Knightley’s Diary in regards to Emma; Captain Wentworth's Diary is Persuasion the way that Persuasion shoul
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Katie
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book!!!

Let me explain.
Persuasion is my least favorite out of all the books by Jane Austen (although it is also very good). My main reasons for disliking Persuasion were these: Anne Elliot was the least out of all the heroines of Jane Austen that I could identify with (being a tad bit more headstrong), and Captain Wentworth didn't have as much personality as the other Jane Austen heroes.
But.......
Captain Wentworth's Diary was amazing because it gave more depth to both Anne's c
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Gina
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Amanda Grange has made quite the career out of writing the hero's perspective from Jane Austen novels. Captain Wentworth is the hero of Persuasion, a naval captain who has risen through rank and wealth to eventually persuade his first and only love Anne to marry him. There is nothing of literary significance here. It's fluff - Austen fan fiction with a publisher. I've now read this and Mr. Darcy's Diary. Both are a solid OK = 2 stars. While that wouldn't normally have me reading anything else al ...more
Samantha
A most diverting novel in which I get to spend time with my second favorite Austen man, Captain Wentworth. Persuasion is my second favorite Austen novel and Grange has allowed me to bask in the heartache of loved denied for eight years. Other than being a rewrite of Austen, nothing terribly original, but like I said, extremely diverting. If nothing else, she gets credit for paying attention to an Austen novel other than Pride and Prejudice, as every other Austen genre novel seems to do.
Joelle
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: jane-austen-ish
I love Persuasion by Jane Austen and Captain Wentworth rivals Mr. Darcy in my fictional crushes.

The man in this book, he was not Captain Frederick Wentworth. I don’t care what the title implies. He was boring and not at all the complex character I know the man to be. This guy was childish.

Pet peeve: when the book is supposed to be someone’s diary, but instead it’s just written in first person narrative with a few dates thrown in.
Michelle
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I've heard good things about Mr. Darcy's Diary by Grange but my library didn't have that book. It did have this book, Wentworth's Diary, so I thought I'd give it a try...

It was a huge pile of drivel.

Bland, not written like a diary, full of non-realistic fluff and so obviously written from a women's point of view.
J
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
don't judge. persuasion is my favorite book, and it was on sale. didn't come close to austen, but it was interesting.
Anna
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lovely light rendition of Persuasion! This time from Captain Wentworth's perspective! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Anne, always Anne...😊
Laura
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It wasn’t bad. It’s just that Jane Austen’s characters seem different when written by another’s pen.
Tiffany
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! I love this story and Captain Wentworth is one of my favorite characters. It was fun reading the story through his eyes.
Leah
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed this "diary" from Amanda Grange more than the Mr. Darcy diary. I did not care for the shallowness of Wentworth in the beginning, as he is only concerned with pretty ladies and nothing more than passing amusement. As in Persuasion he is so drawn to depths of Anne and her character, it seems a little off to portray Wentworth as a shallow man until he is so taken by Anne. But that's just me. I understand the allure of the superior woman being the "making" of a good man, but that's just so ...more
Isabel
May 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Finished. Finally.
I have to wonder at my own stupidity: why did I ever think that anybody but Austen herself would be able to write down Captain Wentworth's thoughts during Persuasion in a way that I'd like. I seem never to learn.

First of all, what I did not like was that the book started in 1806, that unhappy year. While it might havebeen nice to read it if Austen had written it, Amanda Grange made it sound as if a superficial teenager was writing his diary. Once the diary got into parallel w
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Lisa
Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, 2009
This is a retelling of Persuasion from the point of view of Wentworth and written in a diary form.

It is bland and insipid, which is probably the result of it being written in a diary form. The entries are more substantial for the romance part, but otherwise they simply state that he went here and there and stayed at here and there. You know, the stuff that you would jot down on your own organiser or diary.

Even though diary-form implies that it is personal, I didn't get a sense of Wentworth's a
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Rikke
This was far better than "Mr. Darcy's Diary" in the same series. Not only because 'Persuasion' is my favorite novel of all-time (although that may have been a contributing factor as well), but mainly because Grange actually uses her imagination in this one, and therefore creates something partly-original instead of just retelling Austen's well-known story.
The first part of this book is definitely the best part, as it offers the most refreshingly new angle on Wentworth's and Anne's love story. Gr
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Sarah - Thornton's girl
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-to-buy

Right so Captain Wenthworth's diary where do I begin....I absoultey loved it. Firstly cause Amanda Grange made me fall in love with Wentworth all over again from the beginning to end.
Amanda completely captures Wentworth and it literally once again feels as if he is your head the whole time while he is writing. Its so amazing what a diary can do to understand the character a little bit more better I think. Amanda Grange gets into his feelings what he is feeling at first sight to when he is compl
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Bry
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
I finally know what is missing from Amanda Grange's diary books. They aren't written enough like a diary. Don't get me wrong. I like that the characters are seemingly able to recall entire conversations word for word (since the reader needs it to know where they are in the original story). I just wish each entry (that was of importance in terms of emotion or major plot happenings) had more of the character's inner emotions written out.

For example, the entry where Anne reads his letter and accep
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QNPoohBear
Commander Frederick Wentworth comes to visit his brother in Shropshire. When he meets Anne Elliott at a ball, he enjoys her wit and lively mind. The rest, as they say, is history. This book tells the bare bones of Captain Wentworth's tale. The best part of the book is the first part which predates the events of Persuasion. I liked seeing Frederick and Anne fall in love and knowing why and then understanding what happened. I actually hate to admit it but I think Lady Russell was right, and in her ...more
Morgan Smith
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Overall good book and series; I give the whole series 3 1/2 ish stars; all the books are quick reads that hold your interest while you are reading them, but you will probably forget about them soon after. The only exeption is "Mr Darcy's Diary"-that one gets 5 stars because it's simply fantastic. Anyone should read "Mr Darcy's Diary" after reading Pride and Prejudice wether you read any of the other books in this series. As for the rest of the books-Sometimes it seems a little rushed, but not a ...more
Whisper19
Oct 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I understand that this book was written as a "companion" of sorts for Persuasion, but this book lacked so many things that I almost did not finish it.
While reading this book I don't think that for one moment I believed it was written from Wentworth's point of view. This whole book read like a drivel written by a teenage fanfiction writer. There was none of that strength of character that made Wentworth a good character originally.
Also the plot progression and the depiction of scenes were just
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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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