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Willoughby's Return - a Review from Booklist and a Competition to win a painting!

It's officially publication day of Willoughby's Return! Thank you to everyone who have sent me wishes of congratulation, I feel very honoured! Thanks also to Dominique Raccah, Deb Werksman, Danielle Jackson, and everyone at Sourcebooks for making another dream realised.

It's always an anxious time waiting for the reviews to come in - this review from Booklist made my day!

Issue: November 15, 2009
Willoughby's Return.
Odiwe, Jane (Author)
Nov 2009. 352 p. Sourcebooks/Landmark, paperback, $14.99. (9781402222672)

Odiwe follows Lydia Bennet’s Story (2008), her sequel to Pride and Prejudice, with a sequel to Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Marianne has settled nicely into life as wife and mother, although every so often she indulges in one of her infamous flights of sensibility. She is certain her husband, William, adores her, but has he gotten over his passion for his first love, whose portrait occupies a place of honor in their home? The arrival of William’s nephew Henry grants Marianne the opportunity to play matchmaker between Henry and her sister Margaret, but the return of John Willoughby to Dorsetshire is not welcome news because now Marianne faces the difficult decision of whether to remain true to the quietly dependable man who married her, or give in to temptation with the rogue who broke her heart. Odiwe’s elegantly stylish writing is seasoned with just the right dash of tart humor, and her latest literary endeavor is certain to delight both Austen devotees and Regency romance readers.
— John Charles

To celebrate publication there will be a fortnight of fun in November - interviews, competitions, quizzes, and giveaways of my book, not only on my blog, but on those participating on my tour.

Book Nerd Extraordinaire 2nd
Everything Victorian 3rd
Savvy, Verse and Wit 4th
A Bibliophile's Bookshelf 5th
The Bookworm Blogspot 6th
Books Like Breathing9th
Jane Austen's World 10th
Fresh Fiction12th
Love, Romance, Passion11th/13th

First up today is this painting of Marianne and Elinor, the two Dashwood sisters. I've painted a few different versions of these girls - I hope you can tell which is Marianne and which is Elinor!

In Willoughby's Return, Elinor still has a trying time keeping her sister safe from her fits of sensibility, and now she also has Margaret to contend with who is of a very similar disposition.

If you'd like to win this watercolour painting by yours truly, please leave a comment below saying which is your favourite heroine from Sense and Sensibility and why! The competition is open worldwide and the winner will be announced on Monday, November 16th.

Look out tomorrow for another Competition!


Sara Barnes said…
I love Marianne as she reminds me very much of myself because I'm always falling for the wrong guy.
Jane Odiwe said…
I hope you meet your Colonel Brandon soon, Sara!
Luthien84 said…
I love Elinor because she is strong emotionally by keeping her emotions in check all the time and do not display her unhappiness to the world to see.
Jane Odiwe said…
I love her too - my heart always breaks when it comes to the part when she tells Marianne how long she has kept her secret about Edward being engaged to Lucy.

'For four months, Marianne, I have had all this hanging on my mind, without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature; knowing that it would make you and my mother most unhappy whenever it were explained to you, yet unable to prepare you for it in the least.'
Laura's Reviews said…
I love Elinor. I love how she always tries to keep things under control, but within she has as deep a passionate heart as Marianne.
Jane Odiwe said…
Yes, she feels just as deeply as Marianne, but chooses not to shout about it!
Alexa Adams said…
This is so hard! I always thought of Marianne And Elinor as two sides of the same coin - Marianne being the adolescent and Elinor the mature woman. Both are equally intelligent and sensitive, Marianne is just more self-centered (the right of the young). While I feel like I can relate to Marianne better, never having matured much myself, it is Elinor who I strive to emulate. She is so like Anne Elliot (my favorite Austen heroine!) in her resolve, her patience, her understanding of human nature and empathy for those around her. Can you imagine having the fortitude to not tell off a Lucy Steele! We could all learn much from Elinor's example.
Jane Odiwe said…
Yes, I agree with all you say - I have often wondered, like others before me, if Jane Austen's two heroines were not the two sides to her own personality . Rarely are we completely one way or the other - we all have our struggles to balance the impassioned side of our natures with the totally rational!
Mer said…
Oh, dear, must enter this one too. I love a Jane Austen-themed competition! Marianne is my favorite, as she is so much like the students I teach in her particularly dramatic, effusive way.
Jane Odiwe said…
Oh yes, I taught many Marianne's as a teacher, I remember them all very well, and the Lydia's!
Melissa said…
I would have to choose Elinor because I identify with her the most. The way she keeps her feelings inside, and her quiet nature.
Jane Odiwe said…
Thank you Melissa for your comment - I think the Elinors outweigh the Mariannes!
Milka said…
If I have to choose between Marianne and Elinor I must say that I like Elinor more. She reminds me of myself more that Marianne. Elinor makes the decisions mostly with her head, not with her heart and that is exatly like me.
Jane Odiwe said…
Thank you Milka for your comment!