Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Captain Wentworth's Diary by Amanda Grange

I'm comfortable in saying that Persuasion is my favorite Austen book and that Captain Wentworth is my favorite Austen hero. Of course, Pride and Prejudice is just a step behind.

Seriously, I love Wentworth, so it was with wary expectations that I went into this book. Captain Wentworth's Diary isn't a continuation, but instead a book written in diary form that takes place during and before the events of Persuasion.

The first part of the book showed Wentworth and Anne's first meeting, the unexpected courtship, the short engagement, and the impending heartbreak. The second part of the book took place during the time period in Persuasion.

While some of the entires were a little run-on, this was a satisfactory view of Wentworth's views and feeling surrounding his love of Anne Elliot. I am pleased to say that it was nice to get one example of what was going on inside of Wentworth's head and seeing things from his perspective rather than Anne's.

Recommended to folks who love Persuasion.


Lissa said...

I have a copy of the book but hesitant to read it. Persuasion is also my favorite Austen book and I guess I expect Wentworth's Diary to be more revealing. I did miss Wentworth's viewpoint from Persuasion. but it sounds like I'll enjoy the book.

Meredith said...

It is insightful to see things from Wentworth's persepctive, isn't it. I liked how this one illustrated their first meeting and them falling in love.

Laura's Reviews said...

This is my favorite of the Grange "diary" series. I really liked how it gave the background of Anne and Captain Wentworth's first meeting and didn't just rehash the plot of Persuasion.