Welcome to one of the stops on the blog tour of Darcy’s Hope at Downwell Abbey. This is the second book of Darcy’s Hope. It could be read as a stand-alone book but I highly recommend you to read first Darcy’s Hope: Beauty from Ashes as you may not understand some parts.
In such a lovely day as it is today, Saint Valentine’s Day, I am happy to share the love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, this time in the context of the Great War or WW1.
I will review both books in this post and I can promise you that they are a great read. It is the first time I have read JAFF where Darcy and Lizzy are in this history moment of the 20th century and it has been very interesting and not only from the point of view of the love story. Please follow all the stops of this blog tour as you can find really good posts and different reviews that will reveal more details, you can see the schedule at the bottom of this post.
First of all, let me introduce you the author: Ginger Monette.
Winner of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s 2015 “Picture This” grand prize, Ginger lives with her family in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she enjoys dancing on the treadmill, watching period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
My review: DARCY’S HOPE: BEAUTY FROM ASHES
Sorry to start with a tiny spoiler but our couple finish this book happy but surrounded by a lot of dangers, treason and unknown. However, I will start with a bit of their story in this book before the happy ending. In Beauty from Ashes, Darcy is a Captain and together with his company take the dowager house at Longbourn state. Due to a lot of different events, including Mr. Wickham’s story, Elizabeth abhors Captain Darcy, her dislike of him is, I would say, even greater than in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. When she faces him professing his love for her together with some “unkind” words about her family, she is not to say the least pleased with him. After some tragedy in the Bennet family, Jane and Elizabeth are going to work as VADs, Voluntary Aid Detachment. Although Jane’s luck changes and she reunites with the man she loves, Bingley. In the meantime, Elizabeth goes to France to help in a hospital and she finds Wickham there who is as charming as usual and encourages her to go and be the personal nurse/assistant to an old Frenchman in a converted hospital for the British soldiers fighting only miles away in the front. For some reasons that I will not reveal here, Captain Darcy is sent to the same place and we could say that there is not a happy surprise or a warming welcome when they meet again. Elizabeth is still against him and he tries to distance himself from anyone. During this time, ups and downs between our two protagonists happen but not only on their relationships but with other characters too. They are together for a few months and there is a bit of a change from Elizabeth’s side but then they are separated as Darcy has to follow orders, do not forget he is a soldier.
There is danger, friendship, understanding, intrigue, treason and hope. Do not lose your hope while reading Darcy’s Hope: Beauty from Ashes because like the phoenix raising from the ashes, Darcy and Elizabeth will conquer their animosity and “beauty will rise from ashes”.
A teaser from a relevant character who appears in both books:
“Given y’er story with the captain, I suppose ya’ feel obligates to support him.”
She recoiled slightly. “I have no such obligation. In truth, i think him rather arrogant.”
Sapper laughed. “Maybe so. But lass, you’ve got firecrackers explodin’ for that man.”
My review: DARCY’S HOPE AT DONWELL ABBEY
Elizabeth is in England, in Pemberley, waiting for her fiancé Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy. She is happy and excited, she loves Fitzwilliam and he loves her back, still and after everything that has happened. However, one morning, the always lovely Mrs. Reynolds bring Elizabeth the newspaper and a letter from a “dear friend”. Everything changes, Elizabeth has to flee Pemberley to protect the man she loves. She devises a plan and borrows some money that Darcy told her to use if needed. She is thinking about boarding a ship and going to America but before that takes place, she finds herself helping a doctor who is recovering from some wounds and she lives at Darcy House in London!! She is conscious of the risks but as she is planning to go abroad to work as a VAD, she believes that everything will work for the best. She is wrong! She follows her employer to Donwell Abbey where she encounters Darcy!! Nevertheless he cannot recognise her, he is, hopefully temporarily, blind and deaf (read the book to know why). Against her better judgement, she stays to take care of him until she is able to go to France or Egypt to work. In the meantime she is Juliet Thomas and she avoids being discovered but always taking care of him, her love.
We have a lot of different characters that participate to make this story intriguing but I will mention a couple: Aunt Eliza, she is more annoying than Lady Catherine de Bourgh; or John Thornton, Darcy’s batman who has a broken heart… This book includes appearances by Margaret Hale, Colonel Brandon, Marianne Dashwood, and descendants of George Knightley, a very nice idea I have to say.
No, I have not forgotten that I was reviewing this book but I do not want to tell you anything else. Only one more thing, there is an epilogue where we discover Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam married but… what if Darcy falls in love with someone else before finding Elizabeth? What happens if Darcy touches the bottom of despondency? What if Elizabeth is still convinced that she has to flee? What if Darcy is not able to listen or see again? How does Darcy communicate?
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Here you have the schedule of the blog tour, we are more or less in the middle of it, so check the previous ones and do not forget the follow the rest of the tour as you will enjoy!
Feb 1 The Ardent Reader
Feb 2 From Pemberley to Milton
Feb 3 My Jane Austen Book Club
Feb 4 My Love for Jane Austen
Feb 5 vvb32reads
Feb 6 Just Jane 1813
Feb 7 Savvy Verse & Wit
Feb 8 Austenesque Reviews
Feb 10 Babblings of a Bookworm
Feb 11 Obsessed with Mr. Darcy
Feb 13 Half Agony, Half Hope
Feb 14 My Vices and Weaknesses
Feb 15 Diary of an Eccentric
Feb 16 Every Savage Can Dance
Feb 17 More Agreeably Engaged
Feb 18 The Calico Critic
Feb 20 Austenesque Reviews
Feb 21 More than Thornton
Feb 22 Margie’s Must Reads
Feb 23 Delighted Reader
Feb 24 Becky’s Book Reviews
Feb 26 Linda Andrews
Feb 27 Every Woman Dreams
Feb 28 Tomorrow is Another Day