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Love reigns supreme for our three brave colonels at the start of this epic tale. Colonels Buford, Fitzwilliam, and Brandon are enjoying their courtships and their early married lives with three beloved Jane Austen heroines. The couples lead tranquil lives- until Napoleon escapes from exile. While the military men set out to meet their destiny on the fields of Waterloo, AnnLove reigns supreme for our three brave colonels at the start of this epic tale. Colonels Buford, Fitzwilliam, and Brandon are enjoying their courtships and their early married lives with three beloved Jane Austen heroines. The couples lead tranquil lives- until Napoleon escapes from exile. While the military men set out to meet their destiny on the fields of Waterloo, Anne, Carolina, and Marriane defend their hearts against the fear of losing their loved ones....

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The Three Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men Reviews

  • Debbie Brown
    2019-05-09 05:25

    4.5 rounded up to 5 starsThis book delves into the lives of three gentleman whose lives intertwine both personally and professionally after the events of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility have concluded. Happily, their lives often intersect with many familiar characters from both books who have their roles here, as well.Colonel Christopher Brandon is happily married to his Marianne, and their daughter Joy truly is a joy to both of them. They are both appalled when he is called back into His Majesty's Service soon after Napoleon escapes Elba and raises another army. When Brandon reports directly to the Duke of Wellington, he learns that there are very few officers with active battlefield experience, and the insight that he and the other seasoned officers brings is necessary if they are to defeat the enemy.Caroline Bingley has taken stock of her life and recognized her errors after losing Mr. Darcy. She is doing her best to rehabilitate her reputation and her self-confidence, which took a beating because of her obvious expectation that he would marry HER, only to be thwarted by a country chit. She develops an unlikely friendship with Mary Bennet Tucker that helps to change her attitude, and Colonel Sir John Buford has come a-courting. Neither Caroline nor Sir John anticipate more than a pleasant marriage of convenience, but each falls in love with the other and is afraid to say so. Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam's assistance has become necessary to Lady Catherine because she refuses to recognize Darcy's marriage. Now that he has taken the reins of reviewing her estate books, he finds a bit of a mystery, with the housekeeper and steward both in the employ of his father rather than his aunt. He also starts to look at Anne with new eyes, while she has secretly admired him from afar for a long time. But her mother has other ideas for her daughter's future now that Darcy has betrayed her, and she plans to take Anne to Bath to be introduced to more favorable marriage prospects from her perspective. The three couples each have their own stories, but the book culminates on the bloody battlefields of Waterloo. These scenes are gripping and tense with impressive attention to historical detail. Mr. Calwell conveys the horrors and chaos of warfare convincingly, skipping back and forth among the three colonels to show their views of the battle as well as those of a fourth officer, Major George Wickham.The story is a great mixture of romance, action, character development, and a heck of a good plot. I found it a bit long, but there's a whole lot going on as it weaves back and forth among the officers' assignments and their wives' experiences back in England. The difficulty of sending and receiving letters, the temptations of Marianne when Willoughby comes to her in her husband's absence, the temptation of Sir John when a former paramour shows up in an unlikely social gathering, the machinations of Lady Catherine to hold onto Rosings at all costs... Whew! Lots of ground gets covered here, and you certainly won't be bored!

  • Anna
    2019-05-01 04:33

    Check out my review on Diary of an Eccentric

  • J. W. Garrett
    2019-04-20 02:17

    “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” G. K. Chesterton 4.5-starsI can’t find the words to explain this story. It hurts to think about the horrendous effects of war. My soul aches as I read of mistakes, miscommunication and poor leadership. But my heart is encouraged by the acts of heroism, by standing strong in the throes of battle, remaining stoic in the face of inhuman odds and situations. My grandparents lived through WWl, my parents WWll, my uncles Korea, my husband Viet Nam, and on and on… wars, police actions, and conflicts are never ending with generations lost. Our fighting men and women so deserve our respect and thanks. Caldwell gave the readers a glimpse inside the thinking process of the exiled Napoleon as he studied his situation while on Elba. The strategies and maniacal planning for his escape and final attempt to regain power. The research was extensive as our author described, in great detail, the battles leading up to Waterloo. Caldwell attempted to cushion the reader as he led us through the battle sequences with access to the POV of each of our Colonels. He creatively lessened the impact of action, at the height of angst and horror, by switching scenes and taking us to their loved ones in order to break from the carnage. After her wedding, we watched Lady Caroline Buford née Bingley grow into her marriage. We groaned as she struggled with the language barriers. We watched her flounder in her attempt to traverse the world of diplomatic consulates and saw her learn, the hard way, the ins and outs of diplomacy. The men [world leaders, royalty, governmental representatives and high ranking military], dealt head on with intrigues, secrecy, espionage, spy networks, treachery, seductions, and endless meetings with military corps packets and maps.The women [wives, mistresses and lovers], floated about the Vienna ball rooms and parlors in exquisite gowns gathering information in their own way. This was a world Caroline did not understand or comprehend. A society that had claws and put the London ton to shame. While the men fought on the Continent, their women fought their own battles at home.After Sir John evacuated Caroline back to England, she suffered through morning sickness and fears for her husband as she waited to hear from him. As the other Austen women surrounded her, she tried to keep up a good face when they realized her mail had been misdirected and Sir John had not heard from her in weeks. Marianne Brandon had to face down her worst nightmare… John Willoughby. While her husband fought on the Continent, Willoughby came to call… with expectations. Anne de Bourgh had to fight her own battle against her mother’s wishes for her to marry another. Someone of her choosing. We have a new Anne in this variation and she was a force to be reckoned with. She had her own plans and nothing was going to get in her way… including her mother. Each couple was given page time and the transitions were smooth and didn’t jump around too much. I liked how our author… expertly led us through the many scenes. There will always be heroes and zeros. Wickham was on the Continent and forced to walk a narrow line with a shortened leash, thanks to Darcy’s intervention. Wickham dammed Darcy at every turn and after a bit, it became hilarious to see in what unique way Darcy held the whip hand over Wickham. There were many cameo appearances from other Austen characters, Mansfield Park, Sense & Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. It was always a joy to see a character mentioned, even if in name only. Caldwell creatively wove them into the fabric of our story. The military featured greatly in Austen’s book and this was, in all cases, a war story. The Austen women came together and supported each other in their time of need. It was nice watching friendships develop as they carried on while their men were deployed. Only military wives would understand the comradery these women established in order to get through this time in their lives.There was an epilogue, of a sort. With so many characters, there was no way to bring closure to everyone. Caldwell hinted at things in dialogue, but I wanted more. Oh, well, you can’t have everything. **** SPOILER **** (view spoiler)[’Oh Buford… why? I knew when he got drunk that it was not going to go well. When he refused to go with Richard, I knew what would happen. Why? Was it necessary? Could Caroline not have anything? Was Caldwell copying Brontë with her maiming of Rochester for his sins?’ (hide spoiler)] **** End Spoiler ****

  • Loren Dushku
    2019-04-27 08:18

    [http://tomorrowisanotherday.altervist...]The three colonels is the perfect sequel to two of the novels written by Jane Austen, Pride and prejudice and Sense and sensibility, which is not only just a beautifully written Regency love story, but also a great historical novel. This is possible because the events are held at the time when Napoleon, escaped from Elba, rekindles the conflicts on the continent, conflicts that will culminate in the battle of Waterloo. The main characters of the opera are Colonel Brandon, Colonel Fitzwilliam and the original character of Colonel Buford, who, when they begin to enjoy the joys of domesticity, are summoned to war. Co-stars are their wives: Marianne, Anne and Caroline.The characters are very well characterized and the right space is given to each of them. In fact, less space is reserved to Colonel Brandon and Colonel Fitzwilliam, since they are figures already known, than to Colonel Buford, a new character that needs to be better developed. He immediately becomes an interesting character because he is presented as a man with a bad reputation but who has many traits in common with the Mr Darcy we are in love. Of him I liked in particular the fact that, despite having the hauteur of Darcy, he doesn’t mind the formalities and goes straight on his way, to get what he wants. While Colonel Brandon is described mostly in familiar surroundings – the sweetest scenes are precisely those who see him with his daughter and his wife -, Colonel Fitzwilliam acts in a playful but direct way, both as regards the family business than war.Marianne, Anne and Caroline have a great personal growth, a change, and they begin to act like ladies and not as girls, becoming, in the little space dedicated to them, real heroines. While Anne begins to assume responsibilities from an economic standpoint, Marianne understands what it means to be Mrs Brandon and begins to protect those who are under her jurisdiction. It’s probably hard to imagine that a character like Caroline Bingley may change to the point of becoming a hero, but I think every bad character is hiding a hero within themselves, and sometimes you just have to give them a chance of redemption. Her change is plausible and its description doesn’t make the reader doubt its authenticity, in addition, her love affair with Colonel Buford is a fundamental pillar of the novel and it is as compelling as that of Elizabeth and Darcy’s (even Buford’s declaration seems very similar to that of Hunsford).There are also, albeit for brief appearances, many other characters from the works of Jane Austen, like the Darcys (Fitzwilliam in particular is often used as an expedient to resolve some situations), the Elliots, the Ferrars. Even there was also a reference to lady Metcalf, which denotes a great knowledge of the works of Austen from the author. I was very pleased to meet again the figure of Denny, particularly because it is more elaborate than in Pride and prejudice. Some space was also given to Mary Bennet, who, though not completely, looks noticeably improved. The only character that puzzled me was Mr Collins with his sudden change of course.The narrative moves nicely between the events that are related by the point of view of each of the main characters, becoming in this way almost a choral novel.The strong point of the book was just that, telling more than one story at the same time, it involves the reader in all and never gets him bored. In novels that use this structure, usually authors always alternate interesting parts to boring ones that the reader can read quickly for returning to those interesting, but here the storytelling was so balanced that there hasn’t been a boring scene or a not addictive one. In addition, the author describes with a male point of view the world of Jane Austen, and it is stunning that this does not affect in any way the narrative, even in the most intimate scenes, but rather gives something sensual and never seen to the writing, at least for me, in other variations. There are even some paragraphs in which we can read the thought of Napoleon himself. I appreciated, as a lover of languages, the presence of many languages in the book, and in particular of the message they convey in a certain love scene.The theme of war is very strong in the storytelling. I admit that the idea of reading a book that would combine the beauty of the Regency era to the horrors of war excited me very much, and I am so glad that the novel has not disappointed my expectations. The historical part is really well taken care of, I could really imagine the war; it’s highly visible the passion in storytelling, and all the informations and the characters actually existed, such as the Duke of Wellington, made sure that the book could even teach something to his reader, that is the best thing that a novel, not for educational purposes, can do. The only flaw was the lack of a dedicated scene to the end of the war and to the thoughts of those who stood on the field and could finally celebrate. Another thing that could make this book truly perfect would have been to put into the final Captain Wentworth, I knew that it would be implausible, but I hoped it anyway until the end.At the end of the book, through the fate of two characters I immediately thought if the author was going to insert in its history even religious morality, as if the characters who had made a few mistakes had a proper punishment for their sins. Imagine my surprise when reading the biography of the author I found out that he is a devout catholic!I’m really glad I read this book, and I’m sorry I left it on the shelf for a long time. I have not enough words to describe how wonderful it is, you have just to live it. What is sure is that even if the other works of Mr Caldwell are similar to this, he has earned a new passionate reader.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-05-16 08:28

    From Jack Caldwell, the author who brought us Pemberley Ranch, comes a 3-alarm war-time romance: The Three Colonels, Jane Austen’s Fighting Men. An amalgamation of two separate novels is often labeled a “mash-up" but Mr. Caldwell’s unique melding of the principals from Pride and Prejudice with those from Sense and Sensibility deserves a much classier description. Two of the three military heroes emerge straight from Jane Austen: Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam and Colonel Christopher Brandon. The third, Colonel Sir John Buford, has been conjured up from the author’s fertile imagination. One is married; (Brandon) one gets married; (Buford) One wants marriage. (Fitzwilliam)Colonel Brandon is enjoying domestic tranquility with his beloved Marianne and the two are doting on their newly-arrived infant daughter, Joy. Following an uninvited and intrusive encounter with John Willoughby, she weighs the merits of her husband against her former lover. “…..Colonel Brandon, however, said little but did much….//……His deeds spoke volumes. He was the true romantic….”Colonel Sir John Buford is a handsome war hero, multi-talented, and a notorious rake. As he reforms his philandering ways, he falls in love with none other than Caroline Bingley. Miss Bingley is also ridding herself of her prickly reputation as a haughty and prideful social climber. Initial suspicions of each other’s marriage motives dissolve away as they’re lovingly mentored by the role models in their families and friends. “….He was aware of Miss Bingley’s reputation, but her actions showed a desire for improvement, and Colonel Buford wondered if they might be fellow souls, striving for redemption….” The author’s account of Colonel Fitzwilliam’s escapades at Rosings are brilliant and the high point of the book for me. The colonel’s own romance is just too wonderful for me to want to reveal anything of it here. Initially he is dispatched to Rosings by his father, Lord Hugh Fitzwilliam, (the rightful owner of the estate) to audit Rosings which has been mismanaged by Lady Catherine. The grand lady’s turf war and her explosive dialogues with Fitzwilliam and virtually everyone else are Mr. Caldwell at his best. During this time, Mrs. Jenkinson, Anne DeBourgh’s companion, stumbles upon the source of Anne’s poor health and the unexpected details are wildly funny. To my delight, a maturing Anne acquires some steel against the controlling machinations of her overbearing Mother: “…..Silence, Mother! Your schemes are not to be borne! Let us have a right understanding between us, madam. I will NEVER go to Bath with you. The day Mrs. Jenkinson leaves this house is the day I do. You have a choice before you – suffer my companion or lose both of us….”By the time I was half-way though the novel, I was so thoroughly in love with the colonels, their ladies, and the endearing camaraderie amongst them all, I wished it never to stop. However, their tranquility doesn’t last long as the dreaded news of Napoleon’s escape from Elba and his massing of another army galvanizes the officers into action and strikes terror into the women. The author’s helpful dramatis personae includes a list of actual historical figures who are skillfully interwoven with the fictional characters into the spectacle of Waterloo, one of history’s pivotal battles. The slaughter of men and livestock was almost incalculable and it was into this horrifying inferno that the heroic three colonels descended as their women waited in England for news….any news of their whereabouts at the front.One of the techniques I appreciated was the author’s use of place name markers which he introduces in italics, to signify sudden changes in the location of the story. Because of this, the action, at times, takes on the characteristic of a fast-breaking contemporary news event. Without these markers, I would have been hopelessly lost.The only drawback worth mentioning was the sexually explicit nature of the honeymoon bedroom scenes of Colonel Buford and Caroline which added little for me and seemed to actually detract from the lofty overall spirit of the story. The author has possibly presented the most historically accurate account of Waterloo in a work of fiction since Georgette Heyer’s An Infamous Army, which is noted in the author’s bibliography and does he pay homage to it here? “…..Green troops, green cavalry, green officers – that is what we have here, Colonel! An Infamous Army, what?.....” And, I still think Colonel Fitzwilliam’s unexpected but glorious romance is worth the price of the book alone. Achingly romantic and breathlessly paced, the story ate me alive with alternating feelings of dread, mirth, tears, and joy….just what a great read is supposed to do

  • Carole (in Canada)
    2019-05-18 07:26

    My Rating: 5*+++Oh I had forgotten how much I loved this Pride & Prejudice/Sense & Sensibility variation set just before Napoleon escapes from Elba! It is one of my all time favourites and it centers on Colonel Fitzwilliam, Colonel Brandon and Colonel Buford. Three amazing men that capture your heart and imagination and don't let go. This story immerses you in their lives and in the history of the day. Redemption, romance and heartache take center stage and you are left cheering for them all. Who ever thought Caroline Bingley could be redeemed let alone with help of Mary Bennet? Who would ever be sympathetic to a woman who was vindictive and catty? Mr. Caldwell has done so and with such deftness and humour. He has also given her a husband, Colonel Buford, who appreciates not only her mind and dowry, but her ability to redeem herself. For he too is not without fault. What a fabulous creation by Mr. Caldwell!Then we have Colonel Fitzwilliam and his role in sorting through the accounts at Rosings without Darcy. Lady Catherine's claws are out and Anne and the Colonel are prime targets. Oh how I loved their story and the development of Anne's character. Lady Jenkinson was brilliant in this story too. But let's not forget our darling Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman in my eyes). His love for Marianne gave her great strength and fierceness of character to deal with anything while he was away at war. Throughout we have many characters from both P&P and S&S playing major and minor roles in the lives of our three Colonels and their wives. This book is beautifully woven together providing the reader history, humour, angst and the power of love. The horrors of the Battle of Waterloo and how each man deals with his role in fighting Napoleon are skillfully portrayed. This story will be one I keep coming back to again and again. Thank you Mr. Caldwell.

  • Susan
    2019-04-25 00:18

    The story of Jane Austen's Colonels -Fitzwilliam, Brandon and new character Buford. Telling the tale of their lives, courtships and marriages until Napoleon escapes Elba. Then to battle.I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the writing style, the history and loved the characters, and finished wanting to read more. Can't wait for the next in the series

  • Sophia
    2019-04-25 06:37

    I really enjoyed another book written by this author so I was interested in reading his new story. It wasn't until I found out that this story would have the Napoleonic War as its backdrop and would have Colonel Fitzwilliam from Pride and Prejudice as one of the main characters that I sought out the book in earnest. Col. Fitz is my favorite Jane Austen secondary character.Once I started reading, I was in for several more delightful surprises for you see this book is a sequel of sorts for not just one, but two Austen novels and it makes mention of characters from others. Colonel Fitzwilliam is not the only secondary star to take a more prominent role because there is Colonel Brandon and Marianne, Lady Catherine, Anne deBourgh, Caroline Bingley Buford, Mary Bennett Tucker, Denny and Wickham along with several other original Austen characters including the infamous Willoughby (yes, Marianne gets her opportunity for closure or something else).The story has several separate plot threads that come together and part at times so I'm going to do more of an update than summary. There is Caroline Bingley's story of her turning over a new leaf when confronted with who and what she has become which allows her to gain the notice of a man, Colonel Sir John Buford, who has his own past to exorcise. Then there is the ongoing story of the December/May romance of Colonel Brandon and Marianne. They have a beautiful daughter and their life is rich and full of love now. The third colonel from the book title is Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam who is confronted by the knowledge that he is in love with his cousin Anne de Bourgh who has secretly been in love with this Fitzwilliam cousin all along. These three colonels happen to be good friends and brothers in arms so all these stories weave together at times.Mixed with the stories of the three colonels is also a side story that catches up with Wickham who has now made captain and is still discontent with his life which is still with Lydia and their two girls. Denny is now a major in the regular army and he gets his story. Lady Catherine is still up to her plotting even after losing Darcy to Elizabeth, but now her true motives come out. Oh! Even though she doesn't make a personal appearance, Mrs. Bennet has the joy of seeing all five of her daughters married and we get to peek in on their lives a few times in the book.Of all the story threads, I found John and Caroline's story the most captivating (I feel such a traitor to my Col. Fitz for saying it though he and Anne's story ran it a close second). Watching characters grow into their potential is one of my favorite things and these two did just that. They took a marriage of convenience and turned it into a story of redemption, partnership and beautiful love affair. Sometimes when an author tackles a story with characters created by someone else and drops in an original character, it doesn't work. I have to say that I loved reading John Buford's story right along with the rest.The blend of action and romance along with strengthening ties of family and friendship made this plot an absolute delight from start to finish. I found it had the right amount of historical authenticity and explanation combined with story so that the pace didn't bog down. The author is careful with the integrity of Jane Austen's characters while making them his own as well.To conclude, I recommend this story to those who enjoy historical romance and/or Austenesque sequels.

  • Gayle Surrette
    2019-04-28 08:30

    Jack Caldwell gives the men of Austen’s world a chance to shine. Napoleon is planning his escape from Elba. And we all know what that means — Waterloo is almost inevitable to be part of the story; after all there are three colonels in this story. Colonel Christopher Brandon of Sense and Sensibility, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam of Pride and Prejudice, and Colonel John Buford for this story. With Napoleon’s escape they are all called upon to serve their country again.This is a follow on story. Marianne and Christopher Brandon are now happily married with a daughter named Joy. The Darcy’s are also very happy in their marriage and have a son, Bennet. Many of the people from Sense and Sensibilities and Pride and Prejudice show up. All the Bennet daughters are married now. Carolyn Bingley is engaged to Colonel Buford when the story begins. Lady Catherine and her daughter, Anne, are also included.Through flashbacks, Caldwell explains how Caroline has changed since loosing Darcy to Elizabeth. It also sets up how Colonel Buford fits into the scheme of things. There are multiple threads in this novel, one thread follows Anne de Bourgh’s transition from sickly daughter to a force to be reckoned with. A second thread follows Caroline Bingley’s rebuilding of her life after Pride and Prejudice. A third show the changes in the relationship between Colonel Brandon and Marianne with a few surprises. Next is a thread that follows up on Denny and Wickham. And, we must not forget the biggest plot line of all — the escape of Napoleon and the historical events that led to Waterloo, the battle, and the aftermath.If you love the world and characters of Jane Austen’s creation but do not enjoy the nitty-gritty history of her time, give The Three Colonels a try. Caldwell, while he does cover the battle of Waterloo and the events leading up to it, brings it closer to home by covering it through the eyes and feelings of the characters that we’ve come to know well through books. Austen wrote of the daily life of the kind of people she knew and observed. Caldwell pulls the men of her fiction into the historical events of her lifetime. While the people of England were separated by the channel from the fighting, it still impacted them, especially if they had loved ones in the service.We like to think of wars as being something that doesn’t effect us. We’re safe, and those stories in the news don’t effect us. But many of us, as in Austen’s time, have husbands, fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers, and relatives who have or are in wars being fought in faraway lands. Jack Caldwell uses the lives of characters we’re familiar with and care about to show that while times have changed and the technology may have changed, the destruction of war effects us all.Read the The Three Colonels for the joy of seeing what’s happened in the lives of the characters we know through Austen’s works. Read it for the chance to see dry history, spread out before us, as history effects and impacts the people of the time. Or, simple read The Three Colonels for telling a darn good story and making Caroline Bingley a woman most of us would actually be glad to know.

  • Sheila Majczan
    2019-05-13 00:16

    Actually 4.5 starsI have had this book on my Wish List for some time and now, as the author is writing more stories which intertwine JAFF and history, I have to go back to the beginning. I have read two other stories by Jack but haven't read the ranch one. Western settings don't draw me in as much as do Regency England.I have to say that this book did strike my interest immediately in the reading of it. And I found it to be more of Caroline's story than anyone else's. This Caroline (one of three JA figures we love to hate) was a re-born woman! Are we talking about the same Caroline? Does this author know the characteristics Jane bestowed upon Caroline Bingley? Can anyone turn 180 degrees around, as did this Caro? Yes, she is new and Jack does give us an explanation, which you will have to read for yourself. Her husband, Colonel John Buford has his own history so are they to have a marriage of convenience? Does love enter into this arrangement? Loved how this part of the story developed.Anne and her cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam: This has been done before but here it is with so much more angst. The author gives Anne's companion, the steward and the housekeeper roles that put them in opposition to Lady Catwitch. And Jack, again, has a very logical and/or humanistic reason, an explanation for how they can do so. So well thought out, so well documented, my Lady. You can just see Lady C. tearing her hair out at being thwarted. For me, after reading so many stories in which Col. Fitzwilliam has a secondary role, a minor supporting part, I was pleased to have him as a main character and in finding some rewards, both on the field of battle in France and in England.Marianne and Colonel Brandon (Christopher): Having read Sense and Sensibility, he was always one for whom I cheered, one whose true worth I thought was unrecognized. Here we read of a happy family. And we learn if Marianne, when meeting with Willoughby, while Christopher is at war, falls for his false charms and handsome face again or still (maybe she has not forgotten?).The description of one of the most famous battles in history (How many times have we heard the phrase "met his Waterloo"?) was detailed. I attempted to read this very slowly but think I could do with a layout such as the electronic map at Gettysburg, to show me exactly where everyone was stationed and the movements. We all know the outcome and I know that there were thousands of men lost in that battle. Mr. Caldwell does not leave us without knowledge of the forces and the expectations on the field.Lastly, we do have several other "favorite" couples showing their faces at times. Elizabeth and Darcy, Wickham and Lydia are not forgotten. And there have been some births since we last read P&P and S&S.This was an excellent weaving of two favorite stories' characters and their continuing tales. I now look forward to the next book.

  • Jakki
    2019-05-09 05:28

    Three cheers for The Three Colonels! Trading in post Civil War America for Regency England, Jack Caldwell delivers another memorable Austenesque romance. At a time when each couple is getting their foothold on marriage and courting, our three colonels, Brandon, Fitzwilliam and Buford, are called to the Continent to stop Napoleon. With only their love and letters keeping them going, Marianne, Anne and Caroline prepare their hearts for the worst. All together, with the support of family and friends, as well as immense help from the Darcys, our heroines find solace and are able to go about daily life. I always enjoy it when Austenesque authors develop original characters. This time around, it is Colonel Sir John Buford. *sigh* Caldwell’s authorial tagline is, “It takes a real man to write historical romance.” Well, Mr. Caldwell must be the most manly man out there, because every word to Caroline that came out of Buford’s mouth had me weak in the knees. Don’t get me wrong, Buford still has his demons to slay and isn’t by any means perfect, but the way he treats Caroline is so romantic. As much as it pains me to say it, I found myself liking Caroline and empathizing with her, just like I did with Jennifer Becton’s Caroline. In The Three Colonels, readers are given a reborn Caroline. While she may have realized people’s value doesn’t come from their social standings, Caroline still contains fire and spunk, and still delivers the cutting remarks for which she is so well-known; however, now those remarks are said in defense of those dear to her. It was also through events towards the end of the novel where Caroline truly proves herself a changed and better person. Another one of Caldwell’s characters I enjoyed was Anne de Bourgh. Due to some measures on Mrs. Jenkinson’s part, Anne is no longer of a sickly constitution. She is feisty, intelligent, and has a backbone that would make Elizabeth Bennet proud. Not only is Anne changed, but Mr. Collins has changed in some regards as well, and I have to say it was a surprisingly nice change. Similar to Mary Simonsen, Caldwell cleverly incorporates historical factoids into his work. It was as if I was being educated and entertained simultaneously. These nuggets of information were so well placed. They did not distract from the story, or make it seem boring. Rather, they enhanced the plot, making it richer and realer. From the weak-in-the-knees romance, well-developed characterization and the historical tidbits, Caldwell gave me a novel I didn’t want to put down.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-12 07:33

    PaperbackPages: 384Published: March 1st 2012Sourcebooks LandmarkLove reigns supreme for our three brave colonels at the start of this epic tale. Colonels Fitzwilliam, Buford, and Brandon are enjoying their courtships and their early married lives with three beloved Jane Austen heroines. The couples lead tranquil lives - until Napoleon escapes from exile. While the military men set out to meet their destiny on the fields of Waterloo, Anne, Caroline, and Marianne defend their hearts against the fear of losing their loved ones.I placed The Three Colonels on my wish list way back in the summer last year after reading an interview over at Austen Authors. The premise seemed right up my street and I must say, I was not disappointed.The Three Colonels follows Colonel Fitzwilliam of Pride and Prejudice, Colonel Brandon of Sense and Sensibility and Colonel Buford, the love interest of Miss Caroline Bingley. Together, the three fighting men are settling into post war England of 1814 – until Napoleon escapes from Elba. Now they must fight him, once again, whilst guarding their hearts and family.Caldwell delves into part of the Regency era that Jane Austen did not – the Napoleonic Wars of 1803-1815, though he primarily concentrates on the Seventh Coalition in 1815. I found that because of this, I read quicker because it encompassed two of my favourite things – history and the characters of Jane Austen’s novels. However, do not be alarmed if you are not a major history lover – it is not overwhelming and is done in tidbits so as not to alarm. Overall, The Three Colonels was a wonderful read for me and introduced me to a new Austenite author. I fully enjoyed the novel and its premise. I loved that Caldwell did not focus fully on the romantic aspect of the novel and that he chose a different route to go down when writing. It was wonderful to see a new and enlightening side to what Austenite authors can write about.

  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
    2019-04-22 07:24

    Leaving behind stetsons, western ranches, and cowboys, Austenesque author Jack Caldwell picks up his pen to compose a sequel for two of Jane Austen's most beloved military men, Colonel Fitzwilliam from Pride and Prejudice and Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility. Included in this integrated sequel is a character of Mr. Caldwell's own creation, the knighted and reputed bad boy Colonel Sir John Buford. What do these three men all have in common? Obviously...they are all colonels. But they also have the distinction of being in love with Austen women, some of which may surprise you! In addition, all three men are good friends (or related to) the Darcys. (Yes, readers will see a little bit of Darcy and Elizabeth in this novel!) And lastly, all three of these brave men are called to serve their country and their king in the Battle of Waterloo. I must admit, even though I adored Jack Caldwell's Pemberley Ranch, I was a little anxious that this novel would be all battles scenes and fighting, and not enough romance. Boy, was I wrong! The hopeless romantic in me was most assuredly satisfied with this exhilarating and engrossing saga! There was so much more than war going on; there were estate wars, adulteress wives, newborns, lovers who want to rekindle the past, weddings, murders, and the constructing of lifelong friendships. In addition, I love how Mr. Caldwell related this story! With three heroes to follow, readers were constantly traveling from Delaford, to Rosings, London to Belgium, Newcastle to Vienna, and Pemberley to Longbourn. I appreciated seeing action from all the lead characters' perspectives and took pleasure in every single one of the exciting and cleverly crafted subplots – even the one for Lydia and Wickham!To continue reading, go to:

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2019-04-26 04:43

    Now this one was a bit different from the JA books I usually read, and that is always something I approve of. I do like change.This book is all about Colonel Fitzwilliam and the lady he loves (yes yes we can all figure it is Anne), Colonel Brandon and Marianne, and Colonel Buford who falls for Caroline. Really Caroline?! That was my first thought, but if Darcy can change then so can Caroline and she does change. She actually becomes a really sweet person and I liked her. Which I never thought would happen.I felt that the book was mostly about Buford and Caroline, then came Fitz and Anne and last the Brandons. But then these two were settled and happy so no drama there. While there sure was drama around Anne and Richard. And of course the romance of Buford and Caroline. What was also fun was that everyone knew each other. Lizzy was friend with the Marianne and Elinor. There is a mention of Tilney and the Elliott family and I do love that. Like they all were there and could have met.As for the story there was romance, drama and then last, Waterloo. I liked to see all the characters I love and to see new people find happiness and to hear what happened to others. One thing though, something happened that I did not like one bit, I am still a bit upset, sadly I can't say what. Then again another thing also happened which made me really glad so I guess those two things take themselves out. And there was also a love scene that felt a bit awkward. But I have never been one for details. All in all a fun Jane Austen variation. Though even if not a colonel, I still missed Wenthworth, he is a fighting man after all.Conclusion:If you want more than just Lizzy and Darcy then this might be JA variation for you. Jane Austen's fighting men sure needs love too.

  • Angelc
    2019-05-21 05:26

    4.5 StarsI try to limit the Jane Austen variations that I read because there are so many and some of them seem to be very repetitive. However, Jack Caldwell's books are on my must-read list. This book along with "Pemberley Ranch" have both been respectful to Jane Austen's vision while being completely new and different at the same time. Not an easy task!While "Pemberley Ranch" was a completely different setting, "The Three Colonels" takes the original setting and time period of Austen's books, but still adds something new and different. The characters from different books interact, and we get to take a closer look at some of the secondary characters and what their life is like after the original books ended. The book focuses on three romances, all very different, and at different stages of love.I was really caught up in all of the romances in the book, and very excited to see where their love would lead. I was less interested in the war aspects of the book, but it was all combined very well.The stories intertwined very naturally, and it was nice to see the very different ways that all of the characters, and the three couples dealt with their issues.Another truly refreshing Jane Austen variation from Jack Caldwell. ARC sent by publisher in exchange for honest reviewreviewed for

  • Sarah
    2019-05-04 07:21

    I'd had some hopes from the good reviews and the fact that the sample was decent, but I was disappointed fairly quickly (particularly as I'd paid for this book). Colonels Brandon and Fitzwilliam were always two of my favorite Austen characters, and I had hopes for a book about them at war, but Brandon got very little book time, and was largely ignored in favor of the original character of Colonel Buford. Fitzwilliam had a bigger part, but it largely circled around his not very compelling romance.In the end, the author tried to balance too many Austen characters without properly devoting time to any of them, and without bringing much new or of interest to the majority of them. All in all, a disappointment.

  • Angie
    2019-04-30 01:42

    I cannot say enough good things about it, yet, I'm at a loss for words. Incredible!

  • Ahnya
    2019-05-17 08:36

    A sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility set during Napolean's Hundred Days culminating at Waterloo. It highlights three colonels in Jane Austen's world. Two created by Jane Austen, Colonel Fitzwilliam (Darcy's cousin) from P&P, and Colonel Brandon from S&S. The third is a new character a Colonel Buford. A Kighted colonel from Wales who has not been behaving himself a gentleman. He has a change of heart, and is seeking to repair his reputation when he meets a Miss Caroline Bingley who has a similar goal. The book intertwines the characters from both P&P and S&S, assuming they are aquainted through their service in the army. I think one of my favorite parts is the friendship of Caroline Bingley and Mary Bennet, and through that frienship Caroline sees how vapid and mean she has been. Also, when Marianne gets to confront Willoughby and give him "what for" was thuroughly vindicating. I enjoyed the book very much. Aside from the HUGE plot hole in the Col. Buford/Caroline story it was well written. It was fun to see the interactions of characters from the different stories.

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2019-05-18 08:41

    Going into this, I was rather skeptical, both of the fact that it was written by a man (something I've never before encountered) and because I have found that those novels that attempt to combine characters from multiple Austen novels tend to be particularly bad. The merging of the characters did actually work alright, and was perhaps the best part of the book.One thing Caldwell has done, that I found both interesting and off-putting, is to focus upon the least likable women from P&P. Caroline Bingley gets married (and sexed). She's suddenly supposed to be a likable character, and I am supposed to be happy for her, even though much of the fun of reading or watch P&P is to laugh at her and yell backfire every time she tries to turn Darcy's eyes her way with the end result of making him more interested in Lizzy.Caldwell actually does a decent job of selling Caroline's transformation. He says that Caroline and Mary became friends, out of lack of anyone else to talk to in combine family gatherings, to the betterment of both. Mary gets a bit fancier and finds a husband and Caroline gets a bit nicer, because she now knows true friendship. I think that's cool. Still, I just cannot like Caroline Bingley; I'm like Darcy: my good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.I also have trouble sympathizing with Lydia Bennet. She was a stupid girl who did stupid things and got her due punishment (Wickham). Okay, maybe that seems harsh, but, come on, she rubbed her married status in her sisters' faces, even though Wickham had to be bribed to wed her. Nice she is not. Does she deserve better? Maybe, but only slightly so, if that. Thus, the introduction of a character from her past to pursue her (somehow) was not exactly thrilling for me.Continuing on in the unlikable women of Austen parade, we have Anne de Bourgh. Actually, we don't see much of her in P&P, mostly because Lady Catherine doesn't let other people get a word in edgewise. Anne suffers from curiously poor health. Caldwell has decided that once she got older, she recovered from her poor health. I am actually okay with Anne getting a personality, because she could be a great person, once healthy and away from her awful mother. However, I really think that there must have been someone better to match her up with than her cousin. You're no better than Lady Catherine, Jack Caldwell!Oh yeah, and, in case you had the idea that men do not write romance novels, allow me to set the record straight. This novel has steamy romance scenes, just like those you would find in the popular romance novels. Of course, there is slightly more discussion of war, but, really, romance is the main subject. Also, I have to say that giving oneself a nickname for during sex seems rather awkward; I laughed heartily at that scene. Do people really do that? Wait, don't answer that.Also awkward was the organization. One story line would be followed for several chapters, and then it would jump to another one for several chapters. It was hard to form a sense of an overall plot from all of this. I suspected that it had something to do with the Napoleon stuff in the prologue, but since that didn't come up again for hundreds of pages, it was hard to be sure. Note: it does have to do with Napoleon, but first all of the colonels need to be happily coupled. I definitely liked that Caldwell made a bit more of the historical context of the time period. The book is set against the backdrop of Napoleon's escape from Elba and subsequent attempt to take over Europe, but the historical bits are fairly limited.So, to sum up, this is about as schmaltzy and full of cheesy sex scenes as most Austen-inspired fiction, all of which I seem to find it necessary to subject myself to. It's a fairly entertaining read, but, well, see above.

  • Georgiana 1792
    2019-05-17 03:21

    Orgoglio e Pregiudizio e... WaterlooQuesto sequel, incastonato perfettamente nel periodo che va dal Congresso di Vienna alla battaglia di Waterloo, ospita molti personaggi provenienti non solo da Orgoglio e Pregiudizio e da Ragione e Sentimento, ma anche dagli altri romanzi austeniani, oltre agli immancabili personaggi storici. Tuttavia, nonostante il titolo, la vera protagonista è Caroline Bingley. Le tre storie parallele dei Tre Colonnelli del titolo, infatti, non hanno un’uguale attenzione.Per la storia Marianne/Brandon è quasi ovvio: la loro è una coppia già affiatata, benedetta dalla nascita di una figlia, Joy.Invece Jack Caldwell ha puntato sul cambiamento avvenuto in Caroline Bingley dopo il matrimonio di Darcy — in modo molto simile a quanto già avvenuto in The Other Mr Darcy di Monica Fairview — narrandoci gli sviluppi del suo corteggiamento e del suo matrimonio con il Colonnello Sir John Buford (e raccontandoci nei dettagli anche la loro prima notte di nozze).In questa prima parte del romanzo si faceva un po’ di fatica per un continuo alternarsi di flashback e scene più recenti, con una problematica ricostruzione cronologica degli eventi. Nonostante tutto, la lettura scorreva e l’incontro con i vari personaggi austeniani era molto gradevole.Poco credibile, secondo me, l’amicizia sbocciata fra Caroline e Mary Bennet, anche perché la seconda è davvero irriconoscibile. Forse Caldwell avrebbe dovuto dedicare un po’ di spazio anche al suo sviluppo e al matrimonio con Mr Tucker, che sarà spesso presente nel romanzo come Deus ex machina — condividendo il compito con Mr Darcy —, in quanto avvocato, ma di cui si sa ben poco. Bella la prova di forza e di coraggio nel rifiutare le vecchie amicizie snob, ma questa Caroline sembra aver dimenticato anche di avere un carattere, si è rammollita. Ce ne rendiamo conto quando a Vienna si farà mettere i piedi in testa da una sedicente cameriera-interprete austriaca e poi si farà abbindolare da un barone prussiano dalla mano lunga, rischiando di compromettere i rapporti diplomatici fra Inghilterra e Prussia. La vecchia Caroline, quella antipatica, sarebbe stata più furba. Ma forse è stato l’amore per il suo Colonel Sir John Buford ad averla intenerita fin troppo. Il colonnello mi sembra la classica figura dell’eroe da romance, che ne dite? E Caldwell è stato molto bravo nel metterlo accanto all’Iron Duke, Wellington, come suo uomo di fiducia.La storia d’amore fra Richard Fitzwilliam e Anne de Bourgh… vorrei astenermi dal parlarne per miei motivi personali. Dico solo che ho trovato molto intelligente e ben congeniata la questione dell’eredità di Anne e delle motivazioni di Lady Catherine per volere il matrimonio con Darcy prima e con un altro erede (Frederick Tilney da Northanger Abbey?) in seguito.Molto precisa la ricostruzione storica, con le pagine dedicate addirittura a Napoleone, che diventa personaggio del libro. Accurata la cronaca della battaglia di Waterloo, anche se l’ho trovata troppo prolissa.La ricostruzione linguistica si lascia spesso andare a modernismi e americanismi, ma possiamo perdonare Jack Caldwell.Un genere di romanzo che non mi aspettavo da un uomo, molto romantico, una protagonista femminile…Decisamente da tradurre in italiano per l’originalità dell’idea, sebbene le sottotrame lo fossero un po’ meno (anche il tentativo di riscatto di Willoughby, che approfitta della solitudine di Marianne a Delaford era già stato sfruttato da Jane Odiwe) e per l’accurata ricostruzione storica.Potete leggere la recensione completa delle Lizzies QUI

  • Maria Grazia
    2019-05-01 02:38

    Jack Caldwell contributes a male outlook onto Jane Austen World. His The Three Colonels – Jane Austen Fighting Men is sequel to "Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice". It also includes characters from other major novels as well as new ones. What Jane Austen had not even hinted at – the Napoleonic Wars – Jack Caldwell brings forward in his brilliant tale set in one of England’s most challenging moments .Bonaparte, prisoner in Elba, succeeds in escaping and marches on Paris . King Louis flees the country and Bonaparte declares himself Emperor of the French Republic. It is war again and the country is not ready. Lord Wellington needs his best men and they must urgently answer the dreaded call.Colonel Brandon will have to answer that call, for example. He has long been inactive and is now a very happy husband to Marianne and proud father of a baby girl, Joy. He is one of the few officers Lord Wellington trusts in his enterprise to stop Bonaparte once and forever. Useless to say Willoughby comes back on hearing Marianne is alone at Delaford Manor …Colonel John Buford , a new fascinating character, with the reputation of being a libertine entertaining married ladies, meets, wooes and marries Caroline Bingley. She was rude, grasping, selfish and cold, but love can do magic. When she becomes Lady Buford she totally transforms herself into a generous woman in love. At first she probably marries John Buford for his position and for his charm, while he marries Caroline for her good looks and her brilliant personality. But their mènage will be filled with intriguing, passionate and even highly dramatic moments. Richard Fitzwilliam , since Lady Catherine De Bourgh has estranged her other nephew, Fitzwilliam Darcy, as her trustee at Rosings Parks and as her favourite elegible husband to her daughter Anne, is coping with the hard task to substitute his cousin in those duties. While he tries to save his Aunt’s property from total failure in a period of deep economic crisis, he realizes Anne’s health has greatly improved in the last years and she has gained energy and charm. Colonel Fitzwilliam’s new plans and affections will have a hard time since he has to leave for Belgium and meet other dutiesEven Wickham’s regiment must join Wellington’s Army but he doesn’t like the idea of going to war. He hadn’t joined the army to fight in a war and he blames Darcy for his unfortunate destiny.The historical scenario described by Jack Caldwell moves from London to Vienna for the 1815 Congress . He deals with politics but that doesn’t spoil the excitement and glamour of the social gatherings nor the author renounces to use the typical Austenesque light touch.As Lady Beatrice Wellesley, cousin to Wellington, says to Caroline Bingley, now Lady Buford: “ It is far different from the London society or even the Court of St James. Here empires may rise or fall. Wars may break out or be ended. This world attracts a certain type of individual – hard clever people who are used to having their own way and know how to get it”This novel was a delightful discovery . Different from other sequels I’ve read , yet in the trend of the Austenesque vogue, it champions love, loss, redemption, duty and war . It is a real page turner and a must-read for lovers of Austen - inspired novels and historical fiction.

  • Mirjam
    2019-04-29 07:17

    After reading all the positive reviews by other bloggers as well as an interview with the author, I simply had to order this book! Jack Caldwell not only loves Jane Austen's works, which is unusual enough for a man, but he even wrote a book featuring some beloved Jane Austen characters. Those facts combined were enough to convince me I HAD to read The Three Colonels. So I purchased the book and then waited impatiently for it to arrive! The biggest surprise The Three Colonels had in store was a likeable Caroline Bingley. She is such a condescending, evil witch in Pride & Prejudice that I was simply unable to imagine myself ever liking her, but-as I was told- Jack Caldwell succeeds in making her transformation entirely credible. I admit that I did question Colonel Buford's taste in women at the start of the book, but it was not long before I had to admit that they are entirely right for each other! Their courtship and early marriage made for some entertaining reading. It is easy to imagine that Caroline and Colonel Buford will weather the storms in their lives quite admirably together. Colonel Fitzwilliam is another familiar character from Pride & Prejudice, although unlike Caroline his character has never been anything other than agreeable. I was looking forward to getting to know him better and I can assure you that he does not disappoint upon further acquaintance! It was such a delight to read about his interactions with his formidable aunt, the famous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, as well as with the less familiar yet most pitied Anne de Bourgh. I love what Caldwell has done with this part of the story. I will not spoil anything for those of you who have not yet read the book, but I really love it. Another wonderful couple is born!We all know and love Colonel Brandon and his Marianne, so it was great to meet up with them again. Unlike the other couples they are already married, so instead of their courtship we get a charming picture of their married life. Several other familiar characters play a part in The Three Colonels, like for instance Mr. & Mrs. Darcy, Mr. Gardiner, Wickham or Denny, and it was a real treat to catch up with them again. Happily ever after is just a fairytale, so when Napoleon escapes from Elba, England calls upon her fighting men. Caroline, Anne and Marianne will need to find all their courage and strength to let their loved ones go to war. Like so many other women and children they can only pray for the safe return of their husbands. This offered a new way of looking at these characters, which I really appreciated. It is only natural to expect that these Colonels will be called upon to take up arms. The Three Colonels by Jack Caldwell is a great addition to the Jane Austen sequels and spin-offs. Caldwell's engaging writing style ensured that I was caught up in the story from the start, whether we were in the drawing rooms in England or on the battlefield in Waterloo. In my opinion he captured Jane Austen's characters very well. If he tweaked a few of them it was done in such an admirable way that I fail to care. The Three Colonels is a fun and entertaining book that I wholeheartedly recommend to fans of the genre.

  • Bookworm
    2019-04-23 08:43

    The Three Colonels: Jane Austen’s Fighting Men was a delight to read and I could not turn the pages fast enough. Author Jack Caldwell takes Austen's original characters and gives them his own special twist. You can easily see the author is a Janeite. This was a refreshing Austen spin off, and I know this genre is generally dominated by the ladies, so it was nice to see a guy's take on it. The author captures Austen's characters voices very well. The story mostly centers around three couples John Buford and Caroline Bingley, Marianne Dashwood and Colonel Brandon and Anne de Bourgh and Richard Fitzwilliam.I was pleasantly surprised to see the once sickly Anne de Bourgh from Pride & Prejudice finally find love! I enjoyed this take on her character. Her romance was newly budding and it was sweet to see how she and Richard get together. Marianne and her Colonel Brandon are too cute in this book. They have an infant daughter whom they openly lavish affection on. Other Austen characters are weaved in and out of the storyline beautifully. Wickham is married to Kitty, and the unhappy couple is on their third child. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is obnoxious as always and has Mr. Collins kissing her butt as usual. She still harbors her hatred of Lizzie.Although they don't take center stage, Lizzie and Darcy are in here too. I was surprised to see Caroline Bingley turn a new leaf in this story. She has put aside her wicked side, but unleashes it only as needed. Making Caroline nicer and forgiving is a tough sell, but it worked well, I totally bought it. Caroline is happily in love. When Napoleon escapes his exile, the men are called off to the battlefield leaving their ladies hoping and praying for their safe return.It's funny, the last two books I've read have been historical romances and have been set during the Napoleonic war. Napoleon has been popping up in my recent reads. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when a certain heroine confronts someone from her past, and she tells him off. So as not to spoil it, I won't name names."A calming sensation flowed over her. She was not afraid of him. She knew herself; she was no longer anyone's victim."p.257, The Three Colonels: Jane Austen’s Fighting MenLastly, the romantic scenes were wonderfully written and saucier than I expected. I was pleasantly surprised. I'm always up for a sweet romance and this book delivered a few different Austen couples. "To pleasure thee is my delight."-John speaking to Caroline on their wedding night. All in all, a fantastic Austen spin off that I'd recommend to fans of this genre. A+++ The storyline was fun and entertaining. Note to self, I must read Pemberley Ranch by this same author. I recommend The Three Colonels: Jane Austen’s Fighting Men to fans of romantic historical fiction and to fans of Austen my full review here

  • Laura
    2019-05-08 05:26

    This book had me at its title The Three Colonels: Jane Austen’s Fighting Men. A book about Austen’s beloved heroes in uniform, count me in! Then I noticed who wrote the book – Jack Caldwell. Caldwell is the author of the wonderful Pemberly Ranch. I couldn’t wait to read what he had in store next for Austen’s characters. Add to that a beautiful cover and I couldn’t wait to read this novel.I was not disappointed by the story, especially as a great fan of Caldwell, Austen, and historical fiction. The Three Colonels blends together the worlds of Austen’s beloved novels Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. The three colonels include Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility, Colonel Fitzwilliam from Pride and Prejudice, and a new hero Colonel Buford. Military men Denny and Wickham from Pride and Prejudice also make an appearance.Marianne and Colonel Brandon are happily married and enjoying their young daughter Joy. Colonel Buford is soon to be married to a reformed Caroline Bingley, and Colonel Fitzwilliam is discovering that love has been right in front of him all along. The romance in the novel is very enjoyable. When Napoleon escapes form Elba, the three Colonels are called to their duty and to the horrific battle of Waterloo for God and country. Will they survive and how will this battle affect their loved ones?I loved the story in this novel and thought it was a very unique spin on Jane Austen’s tale. I love historical fiction and it was intriguing reading about Napoleon and the infamous Battle of Waterloo as fought by Austen’s beloved characters. I loved how so many of my favorite characters returned including Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy, the Bingleys, the Collins, etc. I also like how Caroline Bingley was given a great depth and an ability to redeem herself. Anne de Bourgh is also fleshed out and given a great depth. Napoleon is not the only villain in this novel with appearances from Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Wickham, and Willoughby. If I had to face Napoleon or Lady Catherine, I’m not sure which would be the safer route!The only complaint I had about the novel is that there are a lot of characters with a lot of story going on. I want to learn more. How about a sequel, The Three Colonels and a Captain, with Captain Wentworth?Overall The Three Colonels is sure to delight lovers of Austen, romance, and historical fiction. This book is another winner from Jack Caldwell.Book Source: Review Copy from Sourcebooks. Thank-you!This review was originally posted on my blog, Laura's Reviews.

  • Charlene
    2019-05-21 01:24

    Well done Jack!! I loved this novel. It definitely had more testosterone with the 3 Colonels!! Before I started reading this book I read a few of the reviews on amazon and I'm a little surprised about the Caroline bashing. OK not really bashing but I thought the transformation was perfect. She gets her cumuppance and learns from it and becomes a better person. The story takes us though 3 different perpective, that of the 3 colonels. We get to see more of Col Fitzwilliam and I always thought him very gallant. That he finally sees his own heart and that his cousin Anne starts to get a backbone was wonderful to read. Yeah!!! I liked them as a couple. Of course we know Col Brandon and Marianne, It was nice to see a little more of there story. And of course The 3rd colonel is Sir John Buford! Man is he sexy. Just the name sounds sexy. His story was very romantic and filled with a little angst! Perfect man for haughty Miss Bingley. The story really tied together with the resurgance of Neopolean. What takes place on the continent really brings the 3 colonels together and there wifes back in England become good friends. Having the war in this story gave me a little history of the time and I enjoyed it very much. I have on my TBR list the 20 or so books written by Patrick O'Brien.I definitely recomend reading this book!!

  • Jennifer Conrad
    2019-04-22 05:39

    I really liked this author's Pemberley Ranch, so I decided to give this one a try. It is a mash-up sequel of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, and it's set around the time that Napoleon escapes from exile in Elba.I liked how the author jumped back and forth between stories and perspectives. There were also some flashbacks that helped bring the story together. In this book, Caroline Bingley eventually because the kind person you always wanted her to be. She became good friends with Mary Bennet, which was surprising but also surprisingly worked very well. It seemed that she just needed the right group of friends and a reformed man who could love her and understand her.The one thing that really bugged me was John Buford's behavior while he's in the military. I don't want to say too much, but I didn't quite see the point of that storyline since it doesn't actually resolve or come back up again (other than with Buford's perceived punishment).The book moved very quickly, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. I thought Pemberley Ranch was better, probably because I was so surprised at how well P&P worked in the Texas/Civil War setting. However, I would definitely read this one again.

  • Barb
    2019-04-30 04:30

    I have to admit that I kept putting off starting this Austen fanfic because I knew it wasn't long in Darcy and Elizabeth. But this turned out to be one of the best I have read. The Napoleon era was not something familiar to me, but I found the battle at Waterloo to be totally fascinating. The stories of each of the Colonels and their loves was beautifully told. I especially enjoyed seeing Caroline Bingley mature into an amazing character. She surprisingly had much in common with Mrs Bennet in her desperation to be advantageously settled in marriage. I like this Caroline who found herself mocked by society for her claims of attachment to Darcy once he was married to someone else. She found strength within herself to dust herself off and begin anew, this time for the better. And as she set about changing herself she finds a man equally interested in improving himself and his reputation. This was a great storyline and a wonderful portrayal of Caroline's potential. Highly recommended!

  • Leah
    2019-05-09 02:20

    What a disappointment. This had such wonderful potential.I was surprised and embarrassed to stumble into a sex scene! Label me as one of those weirdos who doesn't want to read that kind of filth, even in the context of a loving marriage. There were a few times he wrote this into the book and I just skipped those parts. Now I know what people mean about the "sex and P&p", no thank you.I did enjoy the character development of Caroline Bingley. There were some fun insights into potential characters and their deeper thoughts. Though the book itself was well written, it was not "Austeny" enough for me. It felt too modern.I would not read this again. And would not recommend it unless the reader was either 1. Married and mature enough to skip the filth, or 2. Very mature enough to skip the filth. Drawback was the flawed "atoning" Buford rendered for cheating on his wife *insert angry emoji*. This book was very humanistic.

  • Serena
    2019-05-09 05:18

    The Three Colonels: Jane Austen’s Fighting Men by Jack Caldwell is set during a time in Europe when empires were being built and shifted, including the Napoleonic empire. Colonel Brandon, Colonel Buford, and Colonel Fitzwilliam are the main players here, but Mr. Darcy’s connection to Fitzwilliam and Brandon and Fitzwilliam’s connections to Buford blend the picture seamlessly. A Regency period novel that begins with the exile of Napoleon to Elba is the calm before the storm as the world teeters on the brink of war once again, which can only bring the three colonels into danger, alongside that love-to-hate rogue Wickham. Caldwell can always be counted on for creating tension that leads to fast-paced action in an Austenesque novel, and he even sprinkles in the romance and common misunderstandings Austen’s characters have dealt with in the past.Read the full review:

  • Tamra
    2019-05-21 04:30

    Bravo Jack Caldwell! This was the third book I've read and once again I wasn't disappointed! In fact, I found myself thinking "well done, well done" as I was reading. Mr. Caldwell brilliantly weaved the characters from P&P and Sense & Sensibility, he even threw in a little Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey. I loved the character development of Anne Debourgh, Marianne Dashwood and surprisingly, Caroline Bingley. While I've found it hard to like Caroline Bingley in prior books, somehow he pulled it off. Mr. Caldwell's explanation for Anne Debourgh's weak constitution was so simple, yet so clever. I've read everything from poisonous medicine to Lady Catherine's overbearing mothering but His explanation was so realistic and witty. I even enjoyed reading word for word the Battle of Waterloo, which has never happened before. This is the perfect sequel for all fans of Jan Austen sequels. He adds a contemporary take while staying true to Miss Austen.