Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Darcy's Hope by Ginger Monette

Darcy's Hope:
Beauty from Ashes
A WW1 Pride & Prejudice Variation
by Ginger Monette

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Just released: November 1, 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Historical, Jane Austen
Paperback: 278 pages
Rating: 4

Great War Romance series:
Darcy's Hope: Beauty from Ashes: A Pride & Prejudice Great War Romance
Darcy's Hope at Donwell Abbey: A WW1 Pride & Prejudice Companion Story

First sentence(s):
Elizabeth Bennet stood stunned. Waltz with the arrogant Captain Darcy? How could she have agreed to such a thing?

Escape to the era of Downton Abbey to experience all the drama of World War 1 alongside literature's iconic Elizabeth Bennet & Fitzwilliam Darcy. You'll watch their tender love unfold as they learn to work together and reconcile their differences amidst the carnage of war.

1916. World War 1 has turned French chateaus into bloody field hospitals, British gentlemen into lice-infested soldiers, and left Elizabeth Bennet's life in tatters.

Her father is dead and her home destroyed. Never again will Elizabeth depend on a man to secure her future!

But when an opportunity arises to advance her dreams of becoming a doctor, she is elated--until HE arrives....

Heartbroken. Devastated. Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy is left rejected by the woman he loved and reeling from the slaughter of his men on the battlefield. "Enough!" Darcy vows. "No more sentimental attachments!"

But arriving at a field hospital to pursue a covert investigation, Darcy discovers his beloved Elizabeth training with a dashing American doctor and embroiled in an espionage conspiracy.

With only a few months to expose the plot, Darcy is forced to grapple with his feelings for Elizabeth while uncovering the truth. Is she indeed innocent? Darcy can only hope....

Perfect for Downton Abbey fans!
Cameo appearance by John Thornton of North & South
Rated PG-13 for mild language & war scenes. Romance is clean.
Note: Darcy's Hope has a happy ending but will continue in Darcy's Hope at Donwell Abbey, coming in early 2017. In the sequel, readers will experience the full resolution of the mystery, and our beloved couple's love will face a new, tragic test in Darcy's Hope at Donwell Abbey.

*Please note: Darcy's Hope uses British spellings like signalling, fuelling, haemorrhage, honour, realise, agonise, tyre, etc.

My two-bits:

As mentioned in the description there are plenty of historical scenes in a Downton Abbey setting. This story is a mashup of Pride and Prejudice (use of characters) and Downton Abbey environment.

The P&P themes come through but the character's situation and demise vary which creates another unto itself.

A lot of Elizabeth resistance and more on the Darcy perspective and his struggles in dealing with Elizabeth play out.

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  1. Thanks, vvb, for hosting Darcy's Hope today on your blog!

    Now that we no longer have Downton Abbey in January, I suppose I'll give the show taking its time slot, Victoria, a try. What will you be watching?

    1. You are welcome. I am going to give The Crown a try.

    2. I've seen the first five episode of The Crown. It's very good so far. The only quibble I have is the casting of John Lithgow as Churchill. He's not bad but I've seen better casting in that role, for instance Timothy Spall in The King's Speech.

  2. This sounds wonderful, especially the British spellings! :)

    Btw, just throwing this out there - but per chance have you ever read any of Provincial Lady works by E.M. Delafield? I know it's a later time period (c1930s) but I think you would truly enjoy <3

    1. Ooo, thanks for this recommendation.

    2. Someone else recommended it and it looks so interesting! Thanks for the reminder : )

  3. I love the idea of the mash-up, but the era is pretty intense. Sounds great.

  4. Looking forward to reading P&P meets Downton.


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