Hello friends! I’m really excited to welcome back Ginger Monette to Austenesque Reviews today! As you might recall, the two books in her amazing World War I Austenesque series – The Darcy’s Hope Saga – were not only some of my favorite reads from 2017, but one of my Top Ten Favorite Austenesque Retellings! I’m delighted to have Ginger stop by for a visit in celebration of her releasing The Darcy’s Hope Saga Two Volume Ebook! Isn’t the cover stunning?!? I wish it was in paperback too!
For those who haven’t read this series yet, here is a little more about The Darcy’s Hope Saga!
Escape to the era of Downton Abbey with Lizzy and Darcy!
~Volume I: Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes
Heartbroken. Devastated. WWI Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy was rejected by the
woman he loved and vows, “No more sentimental entanglements!”
But an undercover assignment at a field hospital brings him face to face with his
beloved Elizabeth—who’s working with a dashing American doctor and a prime
suspect in the espionage plot.
Forced to grapple with his feelings for her, Darcy has only a few months build a
lasting bridge to her and uncover the truth before she’s condemned to a traitor’s
~Volume II: Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey
Darcy has won the heart of Elizabeth Bennet. Finally.
Then she vanishes.
Still reeling from the loss, Darcy attempts a heroic feat and only survives by the
daring rescue of his faithful batman John Thornton.
But the damage is done. Darcy is plunged 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 him 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 a secret at Donwell Abbey just might change everything…
And here are some of my thoughts about these lovely books:
Darcy’s Hope: Beauty From the Ashes
Oh my! How I adore stories like this one that beautifully interweave a significant time in history, new situations and conflicts, and Jane Austen’s characters. I loved how Ms. Monette explored the emotional well-being of both Darcy and Elizabeth during this time period. At such a time and setting as this, pride, prejudice, and society become a lot less significant, and there are different and more challenging obstacles for Darcy and Elizabeth to overcome. Both have experienced a lot of pain and hurt and have found other ways to deal with their over-whelming emotions, and both have adopted a practice of unflinching self-preservation.
My thoughts and emotions were deeply entrenched with these characters as I witnessed them deal with these deeper issues and internal battles. I love how emotionally affected I felt towards the events and characters of this story. How I felt chills and goosebumps when the soldiers began to chant ‘Dum Spiro Spero,’ how I became choked up with tears when witnessing a character in anguish and pain, and how my heart did a triple flip on the last page when things unexpectedly changed. I love it when a story makes me feel so much.
Aside from Ginger Monette’s overall brilliant construction and execution of a Pride and Prejudice retelling in a World War I setting and our hero’s and heroine’s powerful and moving internal emotional development, I loved the new cast of characters introduced in this story. They were so well-drawn – Mr. Dubois seems like such a dear and Dr. Cowart such a hilarious braggart! In addition, I loved our introduction to Robert Knightley (who seems to have found himself in similar situation as Matthew Crowley of Downton Abbey) and it was interesting to meet a more commanding and ruthless Colonel Fitzwilliam.
Beautiful composed and richly researched, Darcy’s Hope: Beauty from Ashes is a stellar example of fine Austenesque literature. Ms. Monette has crafted an exceptionally moving story complete with a compelling plot, danger, mystery, action, introspection, vivid detail, and an emotionally wrought romance. Even if you are not one to enjoy war stories, I entreat you to give this one a try!
Darcy’s Hope at Donwell
Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey is just as well-written, action-packed, and emotionally turbulent as the first book in this series. And once again, I found Ginger Monette’s premise and execution to be masterful. From powerful descriptions of scenes of war to the heart-rending portrayals of the mental and emotional suffering soldiers experience, Ms. Monette’s writing brings such consummate understanding and awareness to this poignant time in history that readers cannot help but feel they are experiencing it all with the characters firsthand.
Speaking of characters, Elizabeth Bennet and Captain Darcy are my heroes. Their bravery, intelligence, and sacrifices throughout these events are deeply admirable. To see Darcy risk his life to send an important communication or show compassion for other soldiers was incredibly moving. He is a man worthy of all praise and merit. And I am in awe of Elizabeth’s strength and intelligence. She thinks on her feet, is creative in her methods, and is strong enough to always do what is best for the patient. I admired them both so much in this series and thought the author’s depictions of their trials and emotional journeys eminently moving.
As you might guess with the title and back cover blurb, there are some character cross-overs. It was great fun to see the interplay and exchanges with these other characters. I only wish we got to see more of them at the end as I do wonder what becomes of Margaret Hale, John Thornton, Colonel Fitwilliam, Dr. Scott, Sarah Knightley, and Dr. Knightley. Also, I loved how some of these original characters put me in mind of some Downton Abbey characters – Aunt Eliza, a cross between Lady Catherine de Bourgh and the Dowager Countess and Sarah Knightley, Lady Sybil. 😉
I don’t really think I need to say anymore in praise of this magnificent series – let my above review and the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads speak for themselves. I’d rather spend my last paragraph expressing my sincere and fervent wish that we see many more outstanding and remarkable works from the talented pen of Ginger Monette. Please keep writing, Ms. Monette, your avid audience awaits!!
~ GIVEAWAY TIME ~
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