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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 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 functions and Frederick falls in love with Anne He proposes and is accepted but, on the next day, Anne refuses him after being persuaded to do so by Lady Russell He becomes understandably angry and leaves decided to seek his fortune and forget all about her Then we jump 8 years and are in familiar ground with the retelling of the well known story.I must say that I did enjoy the book, it was a nice story and it followed Austen s lead pretty closely, the dialogues, the situations everything is similar to the original However I think Commander Wentworth has a very youthful voice that went well with the man in the first chapters but lacked gravity in the latter part of the story, the man who wrote you pierce my soul would, I feel, have aserious and anguished approach to Anne and her reactions to him I wantedof his reflections about what was happening and I didn t feel I got to know Anne better or to understand why both she and Fanny were such superior women Jane Austen s wit is also absent except where the dialogues are the original and somehow a witty dialogue could have made up for much.Still I did enjoy it, it was very easy to read and fans of Persuasion will definitely like to knowabout Captain Wentworth.Grade 4 5 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. 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 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 bold attempt at how the first meeting between the two went This is my third book by Amanda Grange and by far my favorite I like this book the most because it gives such new insight into the character of Captain Wentworth The story starts in the year 1806 just before he meets Anne for the first time This was a pleasant surprise because I was expecting it to start like Persuasion did with Kellynch hall being rented by the Croft s The first 100 or so pages were like a prequel to Persuasion My favorite thing about this book is how well we got to know Captain Wentworth, we got to see other sides of him In Persuasion he is mostly angry, proud, resentful Now we see his character develop We seehistory, depth, passion He is awell rounded character Of course the writing is not in the style of Jane Austen, Captain Wentworth is our narrator, and I don t think anyone will argue with me when I say he does not have Jane Austen s wit and language The author does a great job portraying Wentworth s thoughts and feelings and the story when it resumes in the year 1814 follows very closely the timing and events taking place in Jane Austen s Persuasion I highly recommend this to any Jane Austen, Persuasion, or Captain Wentworth fan 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 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 close to right in the second part In the beginning section, he s a shallow, immature and self centred brat, rather than someone who carries resentment and pride for too long I d have thought Lady Russell s advice to Anne good if he d been like that If you stick with the second part, it s a light, fairly enjoyable read, though I don t feel inclined to pick up any of the other Jane Austen Heroes books 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 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 Kindle waiting for me, until my friend Anne asked me to do a buddy read I promptly accepted because I loved the idea to read a book together with a friend and then, when we ended up choosing one of Amanda Grange s novels I was extremely pleased I expected it to be a great read but I did not imagine I would love it so much Mrs Grange did a wonderful job Her book is faithful to the original and the descriptions are very accurate I loved reading about some aspects of Wentworth s nature we can only suppose in Persuasion He was a different man He was younger, cheerful and hotheaded as he defines himself but he was also full of hopes and totally in love with Anne, especially because of her superior mind and kindness He had never met a woman like her before and I loved to see how the circumstances affected his life, his emotions and his mood throughout the years Anne is my favourite among Austen heroines and I was not at all disappointed by this one The author described her perfectly Every trait of Anne s character is amiable and lovely and I enjoyed every page of this diary.I felt very bad for Wentworth when Anne broke their engagement persuaded by her godmother Lady Russell Of course I knew he had suffered but reading through his diary pages made me feel closer to his pain considering that we are familiar only with Anne s feelings in the original novel I was happy to get to know Captain Wentworth better because he is a real gentleman and I have always wondered who actually was the man who wrote the most romantic letter I have ever read.I recommend it to all Jane Austen fans, especially those ones who love Persuasion and are eager to read a well written book You will definitely become an enthusiastic admirer of Amanda Grange as I did Thank you Anne for joining me for this fun and beautiful experience I appreciated it evenbecause you shared your thoughts with me 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 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 rich and doesn t have a title or connections and therefore isn t a suitable match for a baronet s daughter Wentworth s thoughts and feelings are revealed only through his interactions with Anne and one really, really romantic letter.Captain Wentworth s Diary is a retelling of Persuasion from Wentworth s point of view and in his words The entries aredetailed than you would expect in a diary, especially when it comes to the dialogue, which helps it read like a regular novel The writing and wording is much different from Austen s, of course, but that hardly matters.What I really enjoyed about Captain Wentworth s Diary is that Grange begins Frederick and Anne s story in 1806, when they first meet at a ball Austen gives few details about their relationship in Persuasion, other than that they were engaged, so I enjoyed reading about their courtship Their initial meeting is humorous, and Wentworth s feelings for Anne are deep he can t stay away from her despite warnings from his brother that he is paying too much attention to her and only her Grange did such a good job building their relationship that when it ends, I could feel the sadness.Captain Wentworth s Diary fast forwards to 1814 and follows the story line of Persuasion, except that telling the story from Wentworth s point of view allows readers to get to know Admiral and Mrs Croft, Captain Harville, and Wentworth s brother, Edward, better and better understand the pain and wounded pride that causes him to act the way he does toward Anne Grange gives a fuller view of Wentworth than Austen, but I didn t need her to convince me of his greatness, as I d fallen in love with the character while reading Persuasion Still, it was nice to read an Austen retelling not focused on Pride and Prejudice Review posted on Diary of an Eccentric 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 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 viewpoint 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 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 different style However, despite the above rant, it was less jarring that the Darcy Diary and I got over it I think the booked worked because Captain Wentworth is astraightforward character I ll be accused of over simplifying, but it s a case of he loved Anne and wanted to marry her, was turned down after an initial acceptance, was extremely hurt, went on with his career but never got over her There s less internal agony in this hero than Darcy and he s also less precious in terms of not being every woman s fantasy ideal man.The diary shows him in turmoil as he gradually realises that he really never got over Anne and doesn t know whether she feels the same and the situation that leads to him writing the You pierce my soul letter which is one of my favourite sections of Austen is done very well I praise Grange in that she doesn t try to make him too modern in analysing his feelings both for Louisa and Anne Wentworth comes across as a bit of a flirt in his early days, with maybe an over inflated sense of Pride, but a generally likable, solid man who is honourable and loyal to his friends and family He grows over time in stature and wisdom, and this is beliveable but at times it felt a bit superficial.I enjoyed the first section of the book which covered how Wentworth and Anne met and their developing romance Although Anne is overshadowed by her proud father and sister she comes across as clever and engaging, which is good to see as she later becomespassive and this gives a glimpse of what is so special about her that draws Wentworth back after eight years.Overall, it s one for Austen fans, a good knowledge of the original makes it a muchenjoyable read and thankfully it doesn t alter the original characterisations and situations 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 muchGrange remained true to the original Persuasion, but she also recounted Anne and Wentworth s first meetings, fal 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 muchGrange remained true to the original Persuasion, but she also recounted Anne and Wentworth s first meetings, falling in love and broken first engagement I enjoyed that part of the story excessively and it had me hooked for the rest The diary was very well done, and though I don t necessarily imagine the Austen heroes actually keeping a diary it ssomething that like, Catherine Morland would do, you know , I was surprised at how well it worked and helped to deliver a very straightforward point of view The style of writing was simple and elegant, and the novel read very fast I had a hard time to put it down.What I really appreciated of Captain Wentworth s Diary, besides the beautiful love story, was the strong relationship that Frederick had with his brother Edward, which we don t really get to see in Persuasion I loved the way Captain Wentworth would confide in him, and tell him everything about Anne One could tell that Edward was very sympathetic and wanted what was best for his brother Usually Austen explores that bond through sisterhood, so it was nice that one of her heroes had a similar bond with a brother.Grange also managed to make me feel the same things I felt for each character when I read Persuasion admiration, respect and compassion for Anne, disgust at Sir Walter and Miss Elliot, mockery at Mary, nothing special for the Musgroves girls but of course compassion for Louisa when she injures herself and hardly contained hatred and annoyance for Mr Elliott And of course vapours towards Wentworth In fact, in all honesty, I preferred in this novel, because we were made aware of his true feelings and so we could understand the motives of his actions.I strongly recommend it to Austen fans, especially to those who do not like to see the story modified Thank you to all who recommend Amanda Grange and or the Austen heroes diaries I owe you many hours of pleasure Special thanks to Maria for doing a buddy read of it with me I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did It was so much fun and to Soph for sharing listening to my comments about the book `Download Pdf ↭ Captain Wentworth's Diary ☠ Amanda Grange continues her series of much loved Jane Austen retellings with Captain Wentworth s Diary It is , 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 godmother persuades Anne to change her mind, leaving Wentworth to go back to sea a bitter and disappointed man Eight years pass, and peace is declared Wentworth is no longer a young man with his way to make in the world, but a seasoned captain with a fortune at his disposal He is ready to marry anyone with a little beauty who pays a few compliments to the navy or so he says until he sees Anne Anne s bloom has faded, yet she has the same sensibilities and superior mind she had eight years earlier, and before he knows it, he is falling in love with her all over again Can there be a happy outcome for them this time around, or have they lost their chance of love forever