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Colonel Brandon's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes #5)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,199 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
A vibrant retelling of Sense and Sensibility, Grange's sweeping epic breathes new life into another of Austen's best-loved novels.

At the age of eighteen, James Brandon's world is shattered when the girl he loves, Eliza, is forced to marry his brother. In despair, he joins the army and leaves England for the East Indies for the next several years. Upon his return, he finds
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Berkley (first published July 31st 2008)
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Aug 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
The book starts off with an 18 year old Brandon being desperately in love with his father's ward, Eliza, who shares his feelings. Alas, they cannot marry due to his greedy father's plan of marrying Eliza to his older brother Harry instead.

Shocked and heartbroken, Brandon enlists in the army. After a few years he returns to find that his brother has divorced Eliza, who in turn has no choice but to rely on empty promises of other men. When Brandon finds her, she is dying of consumption. She has a
Jennifer Gentry
Jul 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
WHAT YOU WON'T FIND IN THIS BOOK - Sex scenes. Many of the Austen continuations have them, making them unreadable for me. I appreciate Ms. Grange for NOT including them in her book!
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Avis de Callixta

Dans les innombrables auteures qui ont voulu écrire la suite d’un livre ou le point de vue de l’un des personnages de Jane Austen, voilà sans doute une qui atteint son but, surtout dans ce roman qui présente un des personnages secondaires les plus émouvants et réussis de l’oeuvre de la célèbre romancière britannique qui n’a jamais été aussi en vogue qu’en ce moment. En effet, Amanda Grange nous propose le point de vue du colonel Brandon dan
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
OK, to begin with I just want to make a couple of things clear. One – the fact that I gave this Diary four stars does not mean that it won't be worth five stars to some people; it just didn’t live up to my expectations, which were admittedly high. Two – the fact that some of the other Diaries are rated higher does not mean that Colonel Brandon is not my favourite Austen hero. WHICH HE IS. (OK, on a good day Henry Tilney is his equal, but I don’t need to admit that, do I?) And three – this review ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Oct 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jane-austen
Do you find Colonel Brandon romantic? Do you sometimes think he is better suited for Elinor than Marianne? Do you think he fell in love with Marianne because she resembles Eliza? Perhaps you'd like to get to know Colonel Brandon a little better and discover the answer for these questions yourself... If you are unfamiliar with this series, it is the retelling of Jane Austen's novels from the perspective of the male hero. No, it isn't all new and original material, but there is much understanding ...more
 Mummy Cat Claire
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Austen Fans
I have a terrible confession to make. It has been a very long time since I have read Sense and Sensibility.

I know! I know!

I loved what Grange came up with. She kept true to all the characters that Austen created. I liked how the reader was able to get to know Col. Brandon better. His relationships were well developed, easy to follow and make sense.

I wanted to read this book. I had to know what happened next. At first, I thought this book was going to be more about his relationship with Eliza
Dina Batista
Depois de já ter lido alguns livros baseados nas obras de Jane Austen, são "Os diarios de..." de Amanda Grange que mais gosto e acho mais fiel as histórias. Depois de ler o diario de Mr Darcy et o do Capitão Wentworth, foi a vez do Coronel Brandon de Senso e Sensibilidade, onde ele conta a sua trágica história de amor com Eliza aos 18 anos e mais tarde o seu encontro e amor por Marianne. A história é fluida e interessante, dando-nos uma visão mais intíma deste homem e a razão pela qual ele é tão ...more
Terry Southard
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable fluff. I like Austen fan fiction. I like the idea of the "heroes" backstories. I thought this one was well done, bringing a character that we don't really know much about in the original book to life. I don't think the diary format always works well, because it reads too much like a novel than real diary entries, but it's a different way to attempt what others have tried to do in more straightforward ways.

I liked it enough to check the next two out of the library. That says something!
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, romance
Colonel James Brandon, you're a sweetheart. <3
Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: janeites-unite
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I couldn't wait for the U.S. release so I again, like previous Amanda Grange "diaries", ordered it from Amazon U.K. As soon as it arrived, I started reading it and hardly put it down until it was finished. I believe this is her best yet -- yes, even better than Mr. Darcy's and Captain Wentworth's! Her Colonel is everything I imagined: passionate, honest, melancholy, honorable, thoughtful, heartbroken over his loss of his first love, Eliza... a romantic hero of the highest order. The first half o ...more
Summer Kinard
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Amanda Grange's style. She keeps very true to Regency writing in this series on the hero's side of Jane Austen's novels. With Colonel Brandon's Diary, we get to dislike Willoughby more than ever, which is cathartic in itself, but we also see the source of his patience with Marianne. The whole saga of his lost love Eliza is laid out, as are the particulars of the young woman seduced by Willoughby. (She gets a happy ending.) Even knowing how it would all end, I found the happy finale very s ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen-related
A great, easy read for anyone who loves Col. Brandon and Sense & Sensibility. I would even recommend it to anyone who hasn't read S&S. It's fun to read about what may have been happening in his life while the girls (Marianne and Elinor) were dealing with their own troubles. I thought the storyline was very believable. But then, I like anything by Amanda Grange...I'm sure even she can make Edmund Bertram interesting (that will be my next "Diary" to tackle).
Amanda Grange pulls me in again. She's a great writer with a great feel for her source. And who hasn't wanted to know more about Col. Brandon and the love he lost and how that all brought him and Marianne together in Sense and Sensibility. Thank you, Ms. Grange, for letting me read fan fiction with pleasure!
Leigh Statham
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a genius idea! To take Austen's most loved stories and retell them from the point of view of the men! So fun and entertaining to revisit these classic stories from a different angle. I started with my favorite Austen hero and I can't wait to work my way through the other ones. Well done Ms Grange! Well done!
Amber Guyton
I had some trouble getting into it, but that may just have been because I knew that it would be sad at the beginning. Also, the writing felt a bit off at the beginning (possibly the author trying to show us a less mature Brandon?), but it definitely improved. An enjoyable read.
Georgiana 1792
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
È il Colonel Brandon l’eroe più attivo di Jane Austen

Inaspettatamente il Colonel Brandon’s Diary è diventato il mio preferito fra i Diari di Amanda Grange, che già apprezzavo tantissimo. Perché? Perché l’ho trovato altamente dinamico. Mi spiego: in Sense and Sensibility siamo portati a guardare al Colonnello quasi con l’occhio di Marianne, cioè come una persona affidabile, ma un po’ avanti con l’età e noiosa e quasi di contorno, tant’è che Jane Austen non lo dota neanche di nome di battesimo.

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Cute, light, sweet romance. It doesn't carry through any of the themes or humor of Austen's novel, but if you wish Sense and Sensibility had been a romance, this is a good read.
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Judine Brey
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, austen
I enjoyed actually "seeing" Colonel Brandon's background, and I felt the author sketched Marianne beautifully. However, there were moments when Brandon's voice didn't feel natural.
Kerstin Marie
Good book. I liked learning the details of his story & background. I loved that the book continued past the typical ending where we got to see more details.

Originally published on The Librarian Next Door:

Of all of Jane Austen’s heroes, Colonel Brandon is perhaps the most mysterious. Henry Tilney and Mr. Knightley tend to say exactly what they are thinking; Edmund Bertram is dull, but not exactly the keeper of hidden secrets; Captain Wentworth’s feelings are laid bare in the letter he leaves for Anne; and Mr. Darcy – well, we all know about Mr. Darcy. Colonel Brandon, however, is a different story. Since Sense and Sensibility gives us two central ro
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parmi tous les héros des romans de Jane Austen, le colonel Brandon est certainement celui qui conserve le plus sa part de mystère. Déjà âgé lorsqu’il rencontre les demoiselles Dashwood, on apprend d’abord ses mésaventures passées grâce aux confidences de Mme Jenkins. Très amoureux d’une jeune fille dont on l’a éloigné, il est parti aux Indes, puis à son retour a retrouvé la trace de la jeune femme, abandonnée avec un bébé. Lorsque sa mère meurt, il devient le tuteur de l’enfant. Avec ce Journal, ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historique
Ayant été plus que charmée par le journal de Mr Darcy, je me suis attaquée avec grand plaisir à celui du colonel Brandon, et, une fois de plus, le style d'Amanda Grange ne m'a pas déçue. Comme pour le journal précédent, le style n'est pas aussi bon que celui de Jane Austen (en même temps, qui pourrait arriver à égaler notre talentueuse miss Austen?) mais il reste très agréable à lire.

Je dois avouer que "Raison et Sentiments" n'est pas mon roman préféré de Jane Austen. De plus, j'ai toujours eu
I have been looking forward to reading Colonel Brandon's Diary for quite a while. Colonel Brandon is actually my favorite male Austen figure, so I was very excited to read more about him and get his viewpoints on the events that take place in Sense and Sensibility. I had heard good things about Amanda Grange's diaries, so I was anticipating reading this book even more.

The book begins with Brandon's return home from Oxford for a visit, at which time he is greeted by Eliza, whom he is in love with
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014reviews
When I decided to reread Jane Austen in 2014, I had a feeling that I'd also end up rereading Amanda Grange's Diary series. After finishing Austen's Sense and Sensibility, I felt the need to reread Colonel Brandon's Diary. It was just as lovely as I remembered. In fact, if I hadn't fallen in love with Amanda Grange's novel, I might not have gone back to Austen's novel again and again. The first time I read Sense and Sensibility, something was missing. I suppose I wasn't in the proper mood to read ...more
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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) Colone ...more
Luciana Darce
Embora nunca tenha entendido completamente o amor de Brandon por Marianne – faço parte da turma que acha que ela francamente não o merecia – a terna e silenciosa dedicação do coronel sempre me encantou. Assim, foi com certa ansiedade que me lancei à leitura desse volume, esperando adentrar um pouco da carapaça do homem.

Surpreendi-me, logo de início, ao perceber que a narração começa não da chegada das Dashwood à vizinhança, mas da juventude de Brandon, antes de ele entrar no exército, quando ain
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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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Jane Austen Heroes (6 books)
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