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The Journey Home: A 1932 Side-quel Kindle Edition
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The chatter between siblings was such a great addition to the story for me. When Gi brings up Darcy pursuing Lizzy he is his normal serious Darcy and he is playing over thoughts outloud. "Maybe she would overlook the different in our ages, if there were... other benefits." I couldn't help but giggle (Georgianna's POV). "Goodness, William, you're not a piece of farm equipment."
If you read 1932 you will remember as it brought vague memories to me by reading this. Instead of Colonel Fitzwilliam in this one it's sheriff Fitzwilliam. They are close friends and not cousins and when Gi is brought home Darcy wastes no time in involving the sheriff into matters where Gi's bigamist father of her two little girls. I refer to Wickham, of course.
The chapters do tend to move forward so be aware the chapter may end at one point and then start the next chapter months down the road. Also, this book is told in Georgianna's POV so for those who don't like reading in the 1st person this may be an issue. This is a clean read just mild, vague foreplay. It also has mild light touches of religion tossed in as well but I would not call this a christian based book. The love that develops between Gi and the sheriff is very sweet I just think reading both characters POV would just have helped add more depth to the story. I would have liked to see more of Richard with Maggie and Ruth as well as husband and father. I still can't fault to much as I did feel the bond and admired the strength Cox gave to Georgianna's character. It was a side I loved seeing to her and how determined she was to get what she wanted. Enjoy!
Uncle Darcy becomes particularly protective of his nieces and spends as much time as he can to act as a surrogate father in their lives. I enjoyed learning more about Maggie and Ruth; Maggie especially became a favorite character for me in this story. I especially enjoyed how Darcy went out of his own comfort zone to get Maggie to learn to trust him. I loved how perceptive she was and how her Darcy-like observation skills led her to sense Darcy’s desires for a family of his own with newcomer Elizabeth Bennet:
“I wish Elizabeth was my sister,” Maggie said in a wistful voice.
I smiled indulgently. Maggie’s hero worship of Elizabeth began the day we met her, when Elizabeth brought a wayward Ruth back to me at the train station. “Elizabeth is very nice, isn’t she?”
“Yes, and she’s very pretty. And she talks to me. And Unca likes her too.”
I twisted around in the car seat. “What do you mean, darling?”
“Unca talked to Elizabeth at the ice cream party, and he watches her at church.”
Maggie nodded her head. “Unca should marry Elizabeth, and then she’d be my sister for real.”
The Darcys’ relationship is not the focus of this story though; this is really Georgiana’s journey home to finding herself a new home and a new man to love and to love her in return. But will this older man return her feelings and desires for a future together or will the differences in their ages become too large of a barrier for them? Fans of Colonel Fitzwilliam will adore his character in this story; patient and humble, with an understated sexiness that will have readers savoring the experience of his evolving relationship with Georgiana.
The Journey Home is a beautifully written story about second chances that will make readers of Austenesque fiction fall in love again with Mrs. Cox’s cast of characters. I think it was brilliant that Mrs. Cox developed this story as a side-quel, which reads as a companion story to her award-winning alternate era JAFF story, 1932 and that she tells the story from Georgiana’s point-of-view, which allows the reader to immediately connect with Georgiana and experience this story from a new perspective. The events of this story are woven throughout the storyline of 1932 and right after I finished this story, I dove straight into a reread of 1932, which I absolutely loved, even more, the second time around.
This novella has a little of everything that I love in a JAFF story; slow-building romantic tension, great dialogues between the characters, and an engaging plot. I loved watching Darcy and Georgiana become closer over time and seeing Georgiana take charge of her life in a way that was inspiring. Karen M Cox has once again proven why she is one of my absolute favorite Austenesque authors!
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