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Darcy's Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes: A World War 1 Pride & Prejudice Variation (Great War Romance) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : November 1, 2016
- File size : 5195 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 279 pages
- Publisher : Spero Books (November 1, 2016)
- ASIN : B01KI34AT0
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #735,197 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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WWI: Autumn 1915: We enter at the Netherfield Ball which is to celebrate the opening of the Netherfield Hospital. Elizabeth is asked to dance the waltz to “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” by Captain Darcy. (He has already delivered his insult at the Meryton Assembly 3 mos. prior.) So Elizabeth is not happy with the man. As the officer in charge of requisitioning he visited Mr. Bennet (who is now basically blind and in his dotage) on a Saturday afternoon knowing E. is the telegraphist at the Meryton Station at that time. He charms the man into not only allowing the Dower House to be leased for a pittance but also to agreeing that the Bennets would pay for any upgrades or repairs needed. Present in Hertfordshire are also Lieutenants Bingley and Wickham. And events are repeated as in canon. Wickham bends Elizabeth’s ear; Darcy separates his friend from Jane and then ODC meet again about 8 months later in Kent. We only have Darcy’s thoughts about the latter event as he thinks of her rejecting his proposal, of his learning Mr. Bennet has died and of how his sister is recovering from her experience at the hands of Wickham. Bitter thoughts indeed!
Darcy is in The Somme, France (July 1916) as these thoughts weigh on his mind. Ironically (?), Jane and Elizabeth are there serving as Voluntary Aide Detachment nurse assistants. The ladies are recovering from further personal tragedies as after the death of their father Mrs. Bennet lost her mind, set fire to Longbourn and had to be institutionalized. So they must send monies home to pay for that. We read of how Uncle Gardiner has taken Kitty and Mary to America while Lydia has disappeared and is believed to be dead. Some strings were pulled (by whom?) E. finds out, as she is officially not of age to serve on foreign shores. She is turned out by the Matron in charge but Lt. Wickham who is there also, just happens to know of an elderly landed gentleman who needs a private nursemaid and whose Chateau has been requisitioned by the Brits as a clearing station field hospital, near to the Front. Elizabeth does have dreams of becoming a doctor and this employment would further allow her to observe one famed surgeon at that clearing station. Wickham gives Elizabeth two parting gifts. We also learn that Wickham has had come contact with Lydia and, again, we only hear that story from his viewpoint.
Backtracking – while in The Somme Jane and Lt. Bingley meet again here (and there is more to that story for the readers & for Elizabeth to learn later). Happy are the reuniting couple but Darcy and Elizabeth are not reconciled at this point. After his proposal he did send “that letter” explaining things to her but she doesn’t seem to have made any changes in her opinions about him or about Wickham.
As Elizabeth goes to her assignment she meets her employer, Monsieur Dubois, his Yorkshire Terrier, Lili, his neighbor, Meneer Bongaerts, the Matron, Mrs. Simpson, (who also knows Darcy from his youth), Dr. Frazier, (a Yankee from Nebraska who served in a Boston hospital) and a mail – driver, Sapper. Sapper claims to have met Lydia before she was killed in a trench bombing and then gives E. a sad story about his daughter back home and asks Elizabeth to write her with stories of what is happening on the front lines so as to give the girl an idea of what her father sees in his work. Elizabeth agrees.
(Details about Lydia are sprinkled throughout the story – why was she in a trench?)
The author brings to our acquaintance a Robert Knightley, Darcy’s distant relative, a doctor, whose grandparents were George and Emma Knightley. We meet Dr. Ernest Cowart, Lt. in the French army and the nephew of General Pommier. (Here we have our Mr. Collins but we also read of behaviors which are not assigned to him in canon.) Oh, I can’t forget to mention - one John Thornton, a man from trade who refuses any command of men as he has had his fill of leading…into disaster.
While Elizabeth has this placement, Darcy has command of a unit of 100 men with whom he bonds and as they are almost wiped out (36 dead, 30 wounded) in one of the first charges in Boulogne into no man’s land along with the Nobby, the dog in his cave/office he comes to make a vow to himself: no more attachments – comrades, dogs, or women. So his cool manner and not entering into conversations are all part of the wall he has built around his heart.
Then Colonel Fitzwilliam has Darcy transferred to “The Ritz”, the nickname for the Chateau and the adjacent Boys School where Elizabeth is working. There are questions as to enemy operations there as prisoners have escaped more than once. Darcy is to go in and under the cover of organizing operations learn who the traitor(s) or spies are. As Darcy with the mostly wounded troops, doctors and others, he learns something: his whole notion about the order of society and his position in it is challenged. But he also finds being near Elizabeth again that his vow to remain detached is not working.
This story is one that immediately pulled me in and has so much happening on various fronts that it is nearly impossible for me to relate even some with clarity. So you must forgive me the snippets and just trust me that this is a story well written and with a parallel to canon which will please the truest of Janeites. There are strings left hanging but Darcy and Elizabeth have come to a better understanding and desire for a future together. It is not settled but hope is on the horizon.
Never fear, Wickham, Caorline Bingley and Lydia are still around to make things difficult for everyone. Evil is always evil regardless of the century in which it lives.
At the heart of this book is the hope that both Darcy and Elizabeth have deep down inside that there just might be a chance for them. They have made great strides in book one, but we must read book two to find out just how they reach that HEA.
I've never felt bound to the Regency era and really enjoy new settings and time frames for Darcy and Elizabeth. I highly recommend this book and also book two. Ms Monette is an amazing author who paints vivid pictures with words and develops endearing characters that keep us reading into the night.
The plot was well-crafted. Romance stories are not about whether the hero and heroine will get together at the end. Rather, they follow the couple through the obstacles that keep them apart, with a dark moment when all seems lost, only to have them overcome the largest of problems so that they may live together happily ever after. It takes a skilled writer to convince readers of the authenticity of a couple's unrequited love against a background of surface hostility between them. This book does that well. It's a real keeper!
Patti Boeckman, author of 25 Silhouette romances in the past.
My only quibble with this novel is a rather rushed beginning. However, I have only read a few “variations” on my beloved Jane Austin books so perhaps that is understandable since we already know the basis for the story and characters. This is very minor, however, once you get into the story, it is wonderful!
I love the setting – the author manages to include beauty and poignancy in the midst of the horror of wartime. In choosing this timeframe, the story is not so far in the future that it removes all the Regency Era conditions and yet is far enough to allow her to make some very interesting changes as to how the story plays out.
As the story unfolds, it is obvious that Ms. Monette has thoroughly researched the time period. She adds charming secondary characters with interesting accents and backgrounds. She doesn’t miss a single favorite scene or pivotal plot twist – all are ingeniously worked into a narrative that is dearly familiar and wonderfully new at the same time. I am looking forward to the next installment!
Top reviews from other countries
Darcy is an Army captain who mets Elizabeth when part of the Longbourn estate is requisitioned for the war effort. They may dance at the Netherfield Ball but the outcome is very similar to canon. Elizabeth desires to become a doctor and starts off her medical career by becoming a VAD nurse, along with her sister Jane. They end up in France and after a certain amount of "interference" by a well know character, Elizabeth, instead of being a VAD, has to become a private nurse to a French gentleman. He owns the chateau that eventually becomes a casualty clearing station known as "The Ritz". She meets up with Captain Darcy again, who is "officially" running the hospital but is actually undercover looking for a group helping enemy prisoners escape. As with canon, sparks fly almost every time they meet.
The horror that was the Battle of the Somme is well known to many. That part isn't glossed over but neither is it so graphic as to put people off reading the book. There's a lot of historical detail throughout the book, but not so much as to detract or distract from the story telling. Most of the familiar characters from canon crop up during the story but there's sadness in what has happened to some of Elizabeth's family. Miss Bingley, her brother, Jane Bennet and a certain Mr. W. all put in their appearances. We get a bit of a crossover with Emma and also with North and South for good measure.
One rather lovely extra Ms. Monette has provided for her readers is a link to "Lizzy's Scrapbook". This is a collections of photos from the era, set out as a scrapbook as it would have been compiled by Elizabeth.
Although this can be read as a standalone story, there is a sequel "Darcy's Hope at Donwell Abbey" which eventually solves the mystery set up in this book and brings Darcy and Elizabeth's story to a final close. It's a wonderful read and a unique (as far as I'm aware) setting for this age old love story. It's also suitable for any age group or audience.
I've read many Austen variations with varying interest (hated / liked / loved) but this is near the top my list of favorites. There's so many different elements - the war setting (similar to Downton Abbey), different takes on Darcy and Lizzy and guest appearances from characters from other books (including my third favorite hero from my third favorite novel John Thornton). Characters I'd love to read more about
I've already pre ordered part two and can't wait
I was left wanting more at the end so I have preordered the next instalment and so wait with bated breath to see how this will finish - I have a dreadful feeling that ODC have many many more hurdles to jump however!
Well worth a read!
Fitzwilliam Darcy is a Captain in his Majesty's Army. Elizabeth Bennet is in the Volunteer Aid Detachment as a nurse. Darcy had proposed in Hunsford but was soundly rejected and Elizabeth has blamed him for all her tragedies ever since. Now they are both reunited near the Front and each are fighting not only their attraction but their personal demons.
This is only a simple explanation of the complex and well developed story of hope, love, betrayal and redemption among the ravages of war. I was fully immersed and at times very anxious through this book. I had to relax my posture, take a deep breath and hope that all would be well...it was definitely worth it in the end!
Please note that this is the first book, with the sequel out now... 'Darcy's Hope At Donwell Abbey'!