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Henry Tilney’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Henry Tilney’s Diary by Amanda Grange provides readers with the inner thoughts and past of Northanger Abbey‘s hero.  Like his sister Eleanor, Henry has a passion for the written word, which mirrors Austen’s homage to readers in the original novel.  Grange steeps her prose in Gothic tales of secret passages and story telling between brother and sister and between Henry Tilney and Catherine Morland.  Drawing inspiration from Mrs. Radcliff and her novels, A Sicilian Romance and The Mysteries of Udolpho.

Unlike Austen’s version, Tilney reads Gothic novels for pleasure, a pleasure he shares with his sister, and while he remains very logical in his thinking about finding a wife, he is soon swept up by the charms of Catherine.  His requirements in a wife are listed on more than one occasion with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.

“‘When I marry – if I marry – my wife must love to read.  I shall make it the one condition.  Her dowry is unimportant, her family is irrelevant, but she must be a lover of novels, or else no wedding can take place!'” (page 63)

Although he does say that she must love novels, he also realizes that a love of novels can go too far, and in that way Grange has paralleled the character development of Catherine in the original Northanger Abbey.  Through diary entries, readers come to know Tilney more intimately as he worries for his brother and his sister and grows increasingly concerned about his father’s seeming change of heart where money and titles are concerned.  Tilney grows from a younger son into a man of his own means and career, but he is still loyal to his family despite his budding feelings for Catherine.

Another winner from Grange that builds upon the character arcs and complex story lines left behind by Austen.  Her Tilney is a kind, gentle man with a clear vision of how his life should be, and while he remains loyal to his family, his heart guides his move.  His frank nature and his compassion bloom in Grange’s hands.  Austinites and those looking for a well-paced romance with Gothic highlights will enjoy Henry Tilney’s Diary.

I’d like to see Grange tackle a few more villains in her diary series of books!

About the Author:

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 sixteen novels published including six Jane Austen retellings, which look at events from the heroes’ points of view.

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  • Thanks for the great review Serena. Henry is my favorite Austen hero! Amanda does a fabulous job retelling the story from his perspective.

  • Yes!! I loved your review of this one and I’m so glad that I have a copy of it!! Makes me want to read Austen’s books first and then this one!!!

    • I hope that you enjoy the book. I really liked it

  • Im glad yo enjoyed it Serena. I’m looking forward to reading it. Hopefully I’ll have some time over Christmas.

    • I hope you find time to read it over Christmas too.

  • Serena, you really have to read Northanger Abbey. I enjoyed it, but it’s not my favorite Austen. I loved Captain Wentworth’s Diary, so I am really looking forward to reading this one. And based on his marriage requirements, Henry Tilney sounds like my kind of guy! 😉

    • I do have a copy 😉 Maybe in the new year.

  • I’ve never read Northanger Abbey and wonder if it should be read to fully enjoy this book.

    • No. I have not read Northanger Abbey, though I have seen the movie. I enjoyed it without having read the original book.