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Honor and Hope: A Contemporary Romantica Based on Pride and Prejudice Paperback – May 12, 2012
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About the Author
Regina Jeffers, an English teacher for thirty-nine years, considers herself a Jane Austen enthusiast. She is the author of 13 novels, including Darcy’s Passions, Darcy’s Temptation, The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy, Captain Wentworth's Persuasion, Vampire Darcy's Desire, The Phantom of Pemberley, Christmas at Pemberley, The Scandal of Lady Eleanor, A Touch of Velvet, A Touch of Cashémere and The First Wives' Club. A Time Warner Star Teacher and Martha Holden Jennings Scholar, as well as a Smithsonian presenter, Jeffers often serves as a media literacy consultant. She resides outside of Charlotte, NC, where she spends time teaching her new grandson the joys of being a child.
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Elizabeth is a freshman when she and Jane meet the Darcy brothers. Elizabeth is a long distance runner and Darcy is in his last year and an aspiring quarterback. Elizabeth is often thrown into Will Darcy's company as her sister Jane enters a relationship immediately with his brother Charles. They enter fast into a physical relationship but it ends rather abruptly and I can't say I really understood why...
They meet again 6 years later by accident and picks up were they left off but they both keep secrets from the each other. Darcy's secret I had no problem with except for Elizabeth reaction to it which felt exaggereated. Elizabeth's secret, on the other hand, was unforgivable. I struggled with the reason for her secrecy which to me is not credible.
Elizabeth was not very likeable in this book and I was not to fond of Darcy either. I felt there was much wanting in the intellectual capacity of both. They have an on and off relationship with weak reasons for both splitting and joining from my point of view.
Wickham enters the story as Westing and stirs up Darcy's equilibrium on several occasions.
The plot is sports related and I have zero knowledge on american football, the thought however of a career in sports could be more important than love is unfathomable to me.
Their passionate exchanges was hot and the proposal was lovely. Loved seeing Darcy as a father at the end.
Loved Jane and Charles in this book.
Liked that Jeffers doesn't keep it close to canon in the time line. I loved the unpredictable quality which kept the pages turning for me.
I didn't really like the main characters in this book but since it was Unputdownable thrilling to read I ended up with 4 stars.
Life in general is not always pleasant and doesn't work in your favor.
Living in the United States and had been to the area and traveling that way to South Carolina to visit our son, made it clear to me what Regina wrote about and I really enjoyed the novel.
Thanks for a great read and it went rather quickly for such a long novel!
I re-read this novel since it kept going thru my mind if I missed anything and I enjoyed it much more the second time. The writing concerning the medical issues were done well with the research that Regina did and being that I was a surgical nurse for over 30 years was very impressed with the medical issues and how she handled them in her writing.
Thanks you for an excellent novel and will list it as one of my favorites especially with the happy ending!
There were many times I laughed and made comments out loud. This story was well written. I loved it and have recommended it to many others.
Will and Liz meet in college and begin a VERY heated affair that consumes them both, except for Will's plans to support his family. A love affair was never part of a Quarterback's success story, and Will would never deviate from the expected narratives of his team, school, family and himself. Liz lashes out in anger by dropping out of his life, while keeping a secret that will forever tie them together and tear them apart at the same time. The novel thrives in in the North Carolina countryside, bringing heaping servings of angst, passion and tension.
Much like Liz and Dick, versus Elizabeth and Darcy, Liz and Will's manipulations and verbal battles can grow weary on the reader. Both characters have a tendency to be immature and lash out their frustrations on those around them. At times, I felt like I was reading a retelling of Wuthering Heights. Very unexpected!
Jeffers is an expert regency storyteller, who weaves passion, plot, dialogue and historical accuracy into a tidy narrative. Liz and Will, at the beginning of the book, slipped into regency speak a bit to easily for me, pulling me out of the story a few times.
Overall, if you want to see Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy mirror Heathcliff and Catherine, this is the story for you!