Hello friends! I’m really excited to welcome back Ginger Monette to Austenesque Reviews today! I enjoyed her visit last November, and just last month I was so happy to read and review Book One of the Darcy’s Hope Saga – Darcy’s Hope: Beauty from Ashes. Today we are taking a look at Book Two, Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey!
Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey
A WW1 Pride & Prejudice Variation
~ Book Blurb ~
1917. Amidst the chaos of WW1, Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy has won the heart of Elizabeth Bennet. Finally.
Still reeling from the loss, Darcy is struck by a battlefield tragedy that plunges him into a dark and silent world.
Sent to Donwell Abbey to recover, he’s coaxed back to life by an extraordinary nurse determined to teach how to live and love again. A woman whose uncanny similarities to Elizabeth invite his admiration and entice his affections.
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 could change everything….
Escape to the era of Downton Abbey in this enthralling stand-alone sequel* to Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes that includes appearances from John Thornton, Margaret Hale, Colonel Brandon, Marianne Dashwood, and the descendants of George Knightley.
- May be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel, but readers may experience some minor confusions without the context of the mystery developed in Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes.
- Has a happy ending for Lizzy and Darcy.
- Romance is clean. Minor language and some recollections of graphic war scenes.
~ Excerpt ~
This scene leaves me with more questions than answers! Gah! I can’t wait to find out what happened!
Elizabeth bolted from the chair. “Fitzwilliam, wake up!” She nudged his arm in the darkened room, but he continued writhing with great heaving breaths. “Captain!” She squeezed his hand, but he jerked it away, whimpering.
On impulse, she slid her arms under his shoulders and held him close. Instantly his thrashing ceased.
Gently rocking him, she massaged the unbandaged hair at his temple and whispered against his cheek, “It’s all right. Just a dream.”
He breathing slowed, but his body remained tense. “My ribs…hurt.”
She lowered him back to the pillow, then tapped on his hand, Try to relax. All right now?
“Mmm…. Water. And morphine.”
She squeezed his hand and poured water into the hospital cup. She touched the pill to his lips then offered the porcelain straw.
He swallowed. “Who are you?”
Elizabeth froze and closed her eyes. How she longed to tell him the truth, then brush a kiss on his lips, assure him of her love, and promise to stay by his side.
She took his hand and spelled, Miss Thomas.
“Thank you…Miss Thomas.”
Elizabeth sank into the wing chair and released a heavy breath. Could she bear to be so close and yet so far away from Fitzwilliam?
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In celebration of her new release, Ginger is offering a special Downton Abbey themed giveaway during the Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey Blog Tour! Included in the giveaway are 3 tins of Downton Abbey Legacy Tea (open to US residents only). Woot woot!!
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- This giveaway is open to US residents. Thank you, Ginger!
- This giveaway ends February 28th!
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