- File Size: 729 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Publisher: Meryton Press; First Edition edition (March 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007N73IOI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story, similar to Hahn's debut novel, is told from Elizabeth's POV. Elizabeth begins her story trapped in the arms of a handsome, masked highwayman while riding on horseback. As I read I truly felt like I was Elizabeth, reliving every horrifying, anguished, passionate moment. Hahn has cleverly worked her new plot around similar situations and conversations from Austen's original novel. You still get the objections Darcy has to Elizabeth and her family. Wickham, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Georgiana, the Gardiners, and even Lady Catherine de Bourgh still make their appearances. Readers should not expect Elizabeth and Darcy to be the exact replicas of Austen's creation. This is, after all, an entirely different plot and, unlike some Pride and Prejudice retellings, Elizabeth and Darcy still stay true to their personalities created by Austen. As the novel progresses, Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship grows at an appropriate pace. Elizabeth doesn't fall in love too soon and Darcy still has his reservations about her family. As in the original Pride and Prejudice, despite his objections to Elizabeth's family, Darcy is consumed by his love for Elizabeth--and his passion is heightened with his life, and Elizabeth's, on the line.
I always know I've got it bad for a novel when I wish I was the heroine (or, oddly enough, pretend I am her...don't judge--who wouldn't want Mr. Darcy?). The obvious chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth is enough to make any girl swoon. Hahn conveys their passion and growing attraction without ever getting too explicit. "Slowly, I raised my face to his and watched his darkened eyes travel down to my mouth and then back to my gaze. Our lips were so close that the slightest movement would have caused them to meet. We stood frozen, our breath quickening in unison, and my heart beating faster and faster until...I stepped back. What sort of fanciful spell had been cast upon us?" (pg. 61).
To add to the excitement, it is also refreshing to see a rival for Elizabeth's affections. Darcy's rival is none other than the highwayman who kidnaps them. Perhaps my only complaint with the novel (and it is so miniscule as to not impede my enjoyment) is the relationship between Morgan and Elizabeth. I can see why Elizabeth has sympathy for him, but I'm not sure about the rapidity of Morgan's attachment to Elizabeth. Yes, I can understand that he is physically attracted to her, but his affections seem to go beyond that after so short an acquaintance. However, despite this complaint, this angle added so much more to the main plot--the growing love between Darcy and Elizabeth. With a rival for Elizabeth's affections, you get to see the jealous side of Darcy, which is quite good, angst-y fun!
Overall, if Pride and Prejudice retellings with a proper dose of danger, passion, and angst are what you savor (*raises hand*) then this is the story for you! If they're not, then I still suggest you give it a try. Hahn's superb style, authentic dialogue, and her genuine love for Darcy and Elizabeth ooze from every page.
Written from Elizabeth's point of view, The Journey takes Elizabeth and Darcy down a different path, starting after Elizabeth turns down Mr. Collins's proposal. To escape her mother's wrath, Mr. Bennet arranges a trip for Elizabeth to visit the Gardiners.
While traveling to London the carriage, carrying Bingley's sisters, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, is stopped by highwayman, Nate Morgan and his gang. After robbing them they decide to take Elizabeth with them for their own pleasures. Darcy offers himself in her place saying they could hold him for ransom. When they still plan to abduct Elizabeth, Darcy tells them that she is his wife and if she is touched they will get nothing. Darcy may have saved her from being abused by her captors but now will he ruin her reputation by being locked up with her in the same room for days?
What an adventure! Elizabeth and Darcy have to use their wits and courage to survive the ordeal. Elizabeth finds herself falling in love with Darcy. She learns to trust him, she sees what kind of man he truly is, but she still manages to misunderstand him!
I felt Elizabeth had a little too much compassion for her captors, especially Morgan. She was more like Jane in that aspect, only seeing the good in people.
I love how this was written with Elizabeth telling the story. I also like that the last chapter jumps to a much later time in their lives, like the epilogue usually does, only adding to the story a little more. Then the epilogue itself is short but sweet. I love how Hahn ends this story.
The Journey is definitely worth reading!
I also, love the Christian themes that Ms. Hahn folds into her story here and there. It's not too much to weigh the story down, but it is a nice addition.
Now, there are issues that do exist of course. The middle section of Elizabeth's time ("imprisonment") in London does go a little over long. Also, the last chapter I feel was really unneeded as it went way too long and almost made me bring the whole rating down a couple points. I think the book could have wrapped up in the previous chapter rather than trying to pack in all of the Darcys' children and their lives all in one chapter. However, the rest of the book was so good that it I couldn't resist giving this book 4 stars!
I loved this book so much that I wanted to read the book over again just as i finished it. I cannot recommend this book more!