Published by Spero Books on January 1st 2017
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1917. Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy has won the heart of Elizabeth Bennet. Finally. Then she disappears.
When tragedy strikes on the battlefield, Darcy is sent to Donwell Abbey to recover. There he is coaxed back to life by an extraordinary nurse determined to teach him how to live and love again. A woman whose uncanny similarities to Elizabeth breach his walls and invite his admiration.
His heart tells him to hold on to Elizabeth. His head tells him to take a chance with his nurse.But Donwell Abbey holds a secret that just might change everything. Escape to an era of English country homes, lavish dinner parties, and a world transformed by war but sustained by love in this sequel to Darcy's Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes.
•Appearances by John Thornton of North & South, Colonel Brandon, and descendents of George & Emma Knightley.•Can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.•Clean Romance; mild language; some war violence.
This review is for the sequel in this series and will contain spoilers for the first book in this series, which I reviewed a few months ago, Darcy’s Hope: Beauty From Ashes.
I was mesmerized by this story nearly for the entire time that I read it and I have to say that Ginger Monette not only met, she exceeded my expectations for this sequel! This book just took me by surprise and left me eagerly going back to read more and more until I just devoted an afternoon to finishing this entire story.
This story picks up right where the last story left off, as Darcy and Elizabeth have come to an understanding with one another and are about to embark on a lifetime of love and devotion to one another. Yet, when their HEA seems right within their very own loving hands, a devastating development regarding their time together in France threatens to tear them apart. Is Elizabeth truly a spy who has compromised Darcy’s integrity and what are they both willing to give up to spend their lives together as man and wife?
The road to HEA doesn’t come easily here for our dear couple, and the fates are cruel to not only them but to the thousands of other people who suffered throughout this war. Ginger brings us up close and personal as we explore the front lines of the battlefields and back into the wartime hospitals filled with despair, suffering, and loneliness, as soldiers, doctors, and nurses make great sacrifices for their beloved country. Under the strains of war and personal tragedy, Darcy and Elizabeth are once again separated, only to find themselves in the most unusual situation; is there still a way that they can honor the love and the memories they cherish for one another while still taking a chance to love again?
This book is action-packed, while at the same time, it is very character-driven. I think Ms. Monette did a wonderful job immersing her readers within this alternate era setting, while also retaining the elements of Austen’s story that resonate so deeply with JAFF readers. Darcy and Elizabeth feel very true to their canon counterparts, even 100 years after Austen’s story, and many of her supporting characters resemble Austen’s characters from canon.
I also loved the way the characters from Austen’s other story were woven into these storylines, as this added additional connections to Austen throughout the story. I thought the backgrounds of the estates were also well-developed and they served not only as important settings but also as places with enduring legacies that were closely linked to the characters’ hopes and dreams. It’s obvious that Ginger gave tremendous thought to the smallest details throughout this series and her attention to these details shines from the beginning to the very end!
I can’t recommend this series enough to JAFF lovers and to readers who adore historical romance stories. This is truly a series that is not to be missed. I only wish there was more to come…
Meet Ginger Monette:
The teacher always learns the most. And in homeschooling her children, Ginger Monette learned all the history she missed in school. Now she’s hooked—on writing and World War I.
When not writing, Ginger enjoys dancing on the treadmill, watching period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
In 2015, her WW1 flash fiction piece, Flanders Field of Grey, won Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s “Picture This” grand prize.
Ginger lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she happily resides with her husband, three teenagers, and two loyal dogs.
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