Colonel Brandon’s Widow and Willoughby by Marianna Green

Colonel Brandon’s Widow and Willoughby by Marianna Green
Publisher: Self
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose

Mrs. Brandon, the former Marianne Dashwood, is now a widow, and not yet twenty-five. Her former admirer Willoughby is as unhappily married as ever, and the thought that she is free to marry again drives him to distraction. He has continued in his dissolute lifestyle, which Marianne abhors, while his wife Sophia’s life has been poisoned by jealousy of Marianne. Marianne urges him that the only possibility of happiness for Willoughby and his wife is for him to give up his empty pursuit of pleasure – but now the Colonel is gone, Marianne finds that she can no longer push aside thoughts of Willoughby easily herself; she must find some way of occupying her own empty hours. Willoughby retains his rascally charm, which an older and wiser Marianne is determined to resist; Elinor and Edward are as astute as ever, while Sir John and Lady Middleton are as foolish. Mrs. Jennings remains determined to marry off all her associates as before, while Sophia Willoughby is even more sour as the wife of the man she wanted, and Willoughby’s friends are suitably cynical rakes.
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This sequel to Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ strives to emulate some of the light ironic touch of the inimitable style of Jane Austen; it is both funny and sad, and is told as dark comedy.

This short sequel to Sense and Sensibility is wonderful reading for any fan of Jane Austen, and more especially for those fans who saw an element of possible redemption in Willoughby, despite his many failings. The author has recreated Austen’s style amazingly well – from not only the phrasing of the words, but also the (dare I say) sensibilities of the time.

I loved how the author portrayed Marianne and the love that had grown within her for her husband, and it was interesting to see Willoughby’s character as well. His redemption might seem a bit quick to some, but after all it is a short story and tragedy has been known to wake people to what is important.

I thoroughly enjoyed the look ahead and the what-might-have-happened with Willoughby and Marianne – a much happier-ever-after ending that Austen herself had written for them. But– I think she would have approved. Good job, Ms. Green.


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  2. Thank you so much for such a brillaint review.

  3. Mya Murphy says

    The cover is SO romantic and beautiful!!! ❤❤❤

  4. James Robert says

    Thanks for sharing this book with us. I think we all enjoy reading about new books we previously didn’t know about. Also, thank you for the giveaway.

  5. Sounds like a good book.

  6. Beautiful cover!

  7. Bernard Wallace says

    Are any of the characters based on real people?

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