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Review: The Three Colonels by Jack Caldwell

[ 3 ] April 27, 2012 |

Reviewed by Meg Massey

Colonels Buford, Fitzwilliam, and Brandon are three men in the midst of courtship or early marriage with three beloved Austen heroines. Romance is the rule of the day, until Napoleon escapes from exile in Elba, and draws all of Europe into chaos. Suddenly these three men find themselves heading back into battle, and Caroline, Anne and Marianne find themselves struggling with the possibility of losing those they love.

Jack Caldwell’s The Three Colonels is a refreshing continuation of Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility. Caldwell creates a storyline in which our favorite characters from both novels, like Elizabeth and Marianne, become friends and interact regularly. We also see a wonderful transformation in Caroline Bingley, and a change in her relationship with the Darcys and the Bennet sisters.

In addition to Caldwell’s believable characterizations, this novel features action-packed battle scenes at Waterloo and the growth of romances that we never would have thought possible. In short, The Three Colonels is the ideal read for Austen fans, and one of the most enjoyable Austen sequels I’ve read in a long time.

Warning: This novel does contain some sexual content.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sourcebooks Landmark. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Category: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance

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    Carol Wong says:

    I didn’t like Pride and Prejudice, I know I am in an minority but everything is not for every body.
    I did try to watch a Jane Austin movie on TV but quickly got bored and switched the channel What does that mean? Maybe I prefer something different than long conversations. That’s just me.

    Carol Wong

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    Colleen Turner says:

    I love Jane Austen novels and the movies based on them but have shied away from the retellings. I just can’t imagine there can be much improvement. This sounds interesting, however, as I am interested in the historical battles as well. Thanks for the review!

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    Jen says:

    I am intrigued by this book. I loved the original Pride and Prejudice, and have a lot of retellings on my TBR. I’m going to add this one as well!

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