Title: Darcy’s hope at Donwell abbey
Author: Ginger Monette
Publisher: Spero books
Darcy’s hope at Donwell abbey is defined a stand-alone novel; nevertheless, in my opinion, to be fully enjoyed it must follow the first volume of the saga by Ginger Monette, Darcy’s hope – Beauty from ashes. In fact, even if the author is good at explaining when you need to understand the background on which is based the story, I think if you miss to read the first volume, you can’t fully experience the second one.
The story picks up where we left it, that is with the two main characters that have finally reached their happy ending, and do nothing but wait for the end of the war to crown their dream of love. But you know, periods of war are very difficult and always create problems. When, in fact, Darcy reaches his beloved Pemberley for Christmas leave, instead of enjoying the holidays with his beloved Elizabeth, he will be desperate because of her absence. Lizzy, in fact, believing to be suspected as a spy for the enemy, and, fearing for her life and to tarnish the honor of her beloved Captain Darcy, with an extreme sacrifice of love decides to step aside and disappear forever. As if the story so far was not painful enough, when prompted at the front, Darcy suffers serious injuries in battle and is sent to Donwell abbey, now a military hospital, to heal. After the harrowing battle scenes, very well described by the author, there will be the most frustrating and dramatic scenes of the book. As in the first volume, in fact, it shows us the reality of the soldiers who were injured while serving their country during the WWI, but who are struggling to recover from their trauma. One of these men is Darcy, who, in addition to the struggle of physical recovering, also has to cope with his grief over the loss of Elizabeth. Fortunately his nurse is able to help him heal physically, and to let him try again to feel new feelings for a woman. Darcy finds himself at a crossroads: building a new life with his nurse Juliet or remain forever linked to the memory of Elizabeth?
As a sequel, the story deviates from the plot of Pride and prejudice that had been traced in the first volume of the saga. In particular, I also found that the characters are a little bit different from the original ones, but overall I find them cut for their role in the story. In fact, I liked that it was shown Darcy’s fragility and I appreciated Elizabeth’s strength. But what I liked the most was the way in which the nurse Juliet took care of patients, with passion and dedication.
The thing that I liked about this second volume is the background on which the characters are moved. With the pretext of having turned Donwell Abbey, home of Knightleys, in a military hospital, the story of Pride and prejudice is transported into the world of Downton abbey. To confirm all this there is the presence of some new characters, and in particular of aunt Eliza, who while mimicing and replacing the figure of Lady Catherine, reminds me of the Dowager Crawley.
The reading was very smooth, although during the second half of the book I felt a bit frustrated because I wanted to get faster to the resolution of the events. Also I wish I could have read even a few chapters from the point of view of Margaret Hale and John Thornton, main characters of North and south that make an appearance in the story, and of the colonel Fitzwilliam and a certain love interest…
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Ginger lives with her family in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she enjoys dancing on the treadmill, watching period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon. Her WW1 flash fiction piece, Flanders field of grey, won Charlotte Mecklenburg library’s 2015 Picture this grand prize.
From the same author: Darcy’s hope – Beauty from ashes
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange of an honest review.
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