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The flaunting of society's rules had gone too far. As news of Elizabeth Elliot's broken engagement becomes known, the storm of social disapproval descends. She is left to wonder how she, with every claim to birth and beauty, has made such a muddle of her life. Even worse, why has dear Mr. Gill suddenly become so distant?
Patrick Gill has dropped many a hint that he is not the lowly clerk he has pretended to be, but Elizabeth Elliot will have none of it. His playful jest has gone too far, for him as well as for her. But her father has fled from his creditors, leaving her in disgrace. Now "Mr. Gill" must force a meeting between Elizabeth and the man he truly is--Admiral McGillvary, a man she claims to despise.
Jane Austen's beloved Persuasion provides the backdrop for this delightful romp set in Regency England.
Mercy's Embrace is a novel in three parts:
Book One: So Rough a Course
Book Two: So Lively a Chase
Book Three: The Lady Must Decide
Note: Readers should know that this review is for the third book in the Mercy’s Embrace series, and it is preferable to read books 1 and 2 before reading this book. Previous readers of this series should know that this book ends with an epilogue that wasn’t included in the first release of this series.
Good morning and Happy New Year! I am glad to be back to blogging after taking some time off to recharge and refocus my energies. Receiving a copy of this newly rereleased book by Laura Hile, Mercy’s Embrace: The Lady Must Decide, certainly helped me get my JAFF groove back and today I am so happy to share my review for this last book in this series and offer a readers’ choice giveaway from Laura Hile too!
Once again, Laura Hile has crafted together a story that seamlessly weaves the storylines from her first two books and takes readers on an Austenesque escape that is meticulously plotted and filled with plenty of wit and charm, while at the same time making Austenesque readers fall in love with each and every character (except maybe Sir Walter Elliot!) from Austen’s beloved final book. In my opinion, this is nothing short of a miracle because every time I read Persuasion or watch an adaptation based on this story, I find myself disliking certain characters, such as Elizabeth Elliot and Mary Musgrove. However, Ms. Hile’s story develops in a manner that peels away some of the layers from canon to reveal alternate motives, obstacles, and dreams from canon that will leave many JAFF readers finding themselves filled with empathy and support for even characters such as Elizabeth Elliot, the beautiful and well-bred, yet flawed heroine of this series.
Once the identity of a certain gentleman is revealed, Elizabeth has a life-changing decision to pursue; marry for money (her initial purpose) and become the wife of a very wealthy but highly unsuitable gentleman, or reconcile the feelings she has developed for the only man who has dug a way into her heart. Not one to acquiesce to the wishes of others, Elizabeth must examine her own desires to find a way to reconcile these thoughts and feelings with the man she can’t seem to get out of her heart or out of her life.
Newlyweds, Anne and Captain Wentworth, continue to play supporting roles in the turn of events throughout this story, with Captain Wentworth displaying his rather dry humor at the most opportune moments. I love a man who can make me laugh! With Sir Walter acting less and less like the patriarch of the family, Captain Wentworth emerges as a man of reason and sense who appears to be the only man willing to try to steer the Elliot sisters into smoother waters. I love the interactions between him and Anne and seeing what a thoughtful and loving couple they are after exchanging their own wedding vows.
I believe the ultimate strength of this series is how Laura Hile’s deep understanding of Austen’s characters allows these storylines to unfold in such plausible and emotive ways that the reader can’t help but be touched by the struggles and inner battles that many of these characters endure. Did I ever dream I’d care so much about the struggles of Charles and Mary Musgrove? No, but I certainly did as I found myself eagerly reading and anticipating the conclusion of their story. Would I ever think I’d find myself rooting for Lady Russell to persevere and find a way to preserve her dignity and her sanity? Nope, not even for a minute, and yet I loved witnessing her own personal trials and tribulations.
Needless to say, I must give one final shoutout to my new favorite book boyfriend, the devastatingly self-assured and love-struck Patrick McGillvary; a man who wants to be loved for who he is and not for what he owns. This man just becomes more and more charming with each turn (or swipe) of the page. As his relationship with Elizabeth evolves and he is compelled to show what’s in his heart, readers will feel completely invested in his success to win the hand of the only woman he has truly ever loved. Team McGillvary, be prepared for plenty of new members!
I am the type of person who loves getting around to reading a book (or even better, an entire series!) that has lingered for way too long on my TBR list, so the completion of this series feels like a well-deserved treat to myself. I love that an epilogue was added to this newly rereleased story too because after all, who doesn’t love an epilogue to a well-loved story? In my opinion, there’s no better time to set sail with Austen’s bravest and enjoy a Regency-style romance that’s as captivating and as beautifully written as any of the best Austenesque fiction reads that I have loved over the past several years!!
I hope you love Laura’s new cover for this book too!
Thank you, Laura Hile, for an eARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
MEET LAURA HILE
The comedy Laura comes by as a teacher. There’s never a dull moment with teen students!
She has just released a Christmas anthology, A Very Austen Christmas, with Robin Helm, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite.
Laura lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, sons, and a collection of antique clocks. Her fiction is for everyone, even teens.
Darcy By Any Other Name
Austenesque Reviews: 2016 Favorites Award (Pride & Prejudice Variation)
Just Jane 1813 Reviewer’s Favorite Award – 2016 (JAFF Paranormal)
From Pemberley to Milton: Top 10 Favorites – 2016
Book Dragon’s Favorite Books – 2016
Austenprose.com’s 2012 Debut Author Award
Mercy’s Embrace as a series, AustenesqueReviews.com’s Top Ten 2012
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IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!
Laura Hile is generously offering a Readers’ Choice eBook of any book from this series to one Just Jane 1813 reader. Please leave a comment below to enter this giveaway. The deadline for entering this giveaway is midnight ET on Friday, January 19, 2018.
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