Feb 202017

A Profound and Poignant Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

(Note: This is the second book in Ginger Monette’s Great War Romance duo, and while the author provides enough details and background for readers to learn about events from the first book, I would strongly recommend reading Darcy’s Hope: Beauty from Ashes first for complete understanding and appreciation.)

In the second book of this Pride and Prejudice retelling, Darcy and Elizabeth have just confessed their feelings and are happily anticipating their reunion in two months when Captain Darcy has leave. But due to some news Elizabeth receives, she believes her character is being called into question and that she is an assumed spy. Heartbroken and terrified, Elizabeth feels it best to protect Darcy, his family, and his reputation by disappearing without a trace. When Darcy finds out about Elizabeth’s disappearance he is devastated yet determined to find her. But unfortunately, Captain Darcy does not have the freedom to do what he wants when he wants, as he is in the midst of serving his country and consequently is sent back out onto the battlefield. Continue reading »

Jan 162017

Finding Love in the Middle of a War Zone

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

In her second Austenesque release, author Ginger Monette transports readers to battlefields and field hospitals of The Great War in a touching and emotionally turbulent retelling of Pride and Prejudice. A retelling that is two volumes in length – Darcy’s Hope: Beauty From Ashes and Darcy’s Hope At Donwell Abbey. In this series readers will meet Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy, who, after being rejected by the woman he loves and barely surviving the horrors of the Somme, has built some walls around his heart and has adopted a stone-cold disposition. And the woman who broke his heart is none other than Elizabeth Bennet, a Voluntary Aide Detachment nurse assistant who dreams of one day becoming a doctor and bears a burning resentment for Captain Darcy whom she blames for much of the tragedy and loss her family has faced. Continue reading »

Mar 142014

Tree of LifeThe Transformation and Salvation of Colonel Fitzwilliam

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Oh, be still my heart – it is a novel about Colonel Fitzwilliam! (Squeee!) Of course the dashing and charming colonel has been the subject of many an Austenesque work, but in this novel…he is explored, developed, and featured in ways like never before. If you are intrigued to learn more about this easy-going and amiable man and observe his journey through trials and personal growth, then read on!

This novel begins several years before the opening of Pride and Prejudice, where we learn that Colonel Fitzwilliam and Charlotte Lucas were summertime playmates and each others’ first loves. But due to Colonel Fitzwilliam’s need to marry a woman with a sizable dowry, he pushes Charlotte away. After severing their ties, Colonel Fitzwilliam keeps his distance from Charlotte; and Charlotte, because she doesn’t want to end up a spinster, finagles a proposal out of witless Mr. Collins two years later. What happens when they meet again at Rosings? What kind of tumultuous journey does life take them on? Will there ever be an end to their forced separation and unhappiness? (Well, we can guess the answer to that last one, but my goodness, is the outlook bleak! Continue reading »