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Willoughby’s Return by Jane Odiwe

October 28th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: From publisher for review

Availability: In stores November 1

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from A lost love returns, rekindling forgotten passions…

In Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, when Marianne Dashwood marries Colonel Brandon, she puts her heartbreak over dashing scoundrel John Willoughby in the past.

Three years later, Willoughby’s return throws Marianne into a tizzy of painful memories and exquisite feelings of uncertainty. Willoughby is as charming, as roguish, and as much in love with her as ever. And the timing couldn’t be worse—with Colonel Brandon away and Willoughby determined to win her back, will Marianne find the strength to save her marriage, or will the temptation of a previous love be too powerful to resist?

I have to admit up front that although Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book I have never read Sense and Sensibility.  I have only seen the movie and since I really enjoyed it, especially Mr. Willoughby, I couldn’t resist picking up this book.

It starts off a little slow but I did get drawn into the plight of Marianne’s sister, Margaret, and her love for Henry Lawrence.  In fact, I felt this romance more so than the tension between Marianne and Mr. Willoughby was the focus in the book.  The problems between Marianne, Colonel Brandon and Willoughby are more of a side story.

Nonetheless, I found Margaret’s character delightful and I was hoping for a happy ending for her.  Marianne was a little more irritating and came across as quite selfish which I am sure was quite deliberate.  The only problem I had was that her selfishness was so blatant that even in the end when she realizes her folly I still found it hard to forgive her.  Without having read Sense and Sensibility I cannot say how true to that story this book is but it was an enjoyable read.

One random question that if anyone knows the answer to since I am constantly forgetting to look it up and as I write this I do not have internet access is what exactly is Gunter’s ice?  Is it an ice cream?  Shaved ice?  Always been curious since it is often mentioned in books taking place during this time period.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Classics, Romance

7 Responses

  1. Melanie

    I have yet to read S&S as well. I did see the movie, though, but I didn’t like it very much. This book does sound pretty interesting!

  2. Stephanie

    Sequels to Jane Austen novels seem to be becoming popular. :-) This one sounds like a lot of fun.

  3. dsuzuki

    Melanie-P&P is still my favorite Jane Austen.
    Stephanie-I know, I didn’t realize until I started reading these just how many there are out there.

  4. Sheila DeChantal

    From what I can tell, Gunters Ice is Ice cream. Love the cover of this book!

  5. Jane Odiwe

    Hi, I thought I’d stop by and say hello – thank you for taking the time to read and review Willoughby’s Return.
    Gunter’s teashop was famous for its ice cream and sorbets – here’s a link to some more information:

    Jane Odiwe

  6. dsuzuki

    Thanks for the link Jane! Ice cream sure was a lot more fancy back then :) I wonder how they tasted. Also glad to see what Muscadine ice was. I was curious about the flavors mentioned in this book. Love this site.

  7. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    I enjoyed this book, but I agree the title is not well suited to the main subject.

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