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- Publisher: Heather Ridge Arts (February 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 28, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XB3YBKG
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Hope O'Neill becomes the victim of an unexpected accident and wakens (she thinks) in a mysterious place that she discovers is called Crossroads. From the people running this place, Cora and Poindexter, she finds out she has three choices: returning to her old life, going to a new one in possibly a different time and place, or passing on. As a long-time fan of the works of a certain Jane Austen, Hope decides not to return to her old life but to assume the identity of a girl in Regency England who has also met an untimely end.
This book follows Hope through her coming to terms with the end of her life as she knew it, making her decision as to what to do with her second chance, and eventually into her new life set two hundred years in the past.
What did I like about this book? Pretty much all of it! The concept is fascinating, I loved Cora and Poindexter guiding their clients through a difficult process, and the characters themselves make you want to know more about them. Hope's choice and her new life make fascinating and, at times amusing reading, as she tries to come to terms living life in a world without modern technology and amenities and where manners and society are so very different from the 21st century. I won't give away any plot details as such, but she definitely seems to be living life in a Jane Austen novel, or novels, at times.
My copy of this book came from the UK store but I'm posting this here, too, so that my many friends in the US can see how much I enjoyed it, too.
Thus Hope is presented with her chance to change what 'was'... or pick up a new life in a new body and time and experience. Since her favorite author, Jane Austen wrote with such imagination about her own era, Hope (after much research and soul-searching) decides to replace Kate ...who has just been thrown from a horse and died.
Can she seamlessly make the transition? Will she find the joy of going back in time ...or will the life of so long ago prove impossible to adopt and find happiness? We join Hope/Kate and 'live' with her as she finds smooth sailing isn't guaranteed in any life - at any time. But a plucky woman who can adapt to changes, survive and find her balance in any life can 'finesse' her way through the hard times and find her own happiness, even in the world of an Austen heroine.
In her daring and inventive new series, Shannon Winslow has created an organization that helps people have a second chance at life. The clients that come to Crossroads Center have had their lives cut tragically and unexpectedly short, and now they are presented with the choice of returning back to their old life (a little bit wiser about what lies ahead in their future) or change lives completely. In each book the story will focus on a new character and how they deal with this new and extraordinary opportunity.
In Leap of Hope we meet Hope O’Neil – college student, orphan, and devoted Jane Austen fan. And she finds herself quite delighted and intrigued by all she learns at Crossroads Center. Since she doesn’t have any family remaining, Hope is thrilled with the prospect of living out her fantasy of being a Jane Austen heroine! While she knows there are some drawbacks to life in the Regency era (hygiene, lack of rights or occupation), Hope is determined it is what she wants. And she chooses to have her second chance in the form of Kathleen Barrett, the second eldest daughter (of 4) in a genteel family living in Hampshire. Hope even entertains the notion that her life as Kathleen Barrett may follow the same footsteps as Elizabeth Bennet… you know with a household full of daughters, an entailed estate, and being the second daughter…. 😉
I must admit, I was a little apprehensive when I first heard of Shannon Winslow’s new series. While I’ve read a few time-travel and time-slip stories, I was starting feel my enjoyment wane on them a little recently. But then I read an excerpt from this tale where we witness Hope’s first moments as Kathleen and I was sold! Hard. Like, no brainer. Like, why were you even hesitating?!?
My favorite aspect of this story and the reason I immediately fell in love with it, was spotting all the fun ways Hope would relate and compare her experiences to characters and situations in Jane Austen’s novels. She immediately recognizes that her new sister Lucy has some Jane Bennet-like tendencies. And when she falls off her horse and is brought home by a dashing new neighbor, she can’t help but feel like she just had a Marianne-meets-Willoughby moment. 🙂 Now, I don’t want to give away all the fun allusions and parallels Ms. Winslow cleverly and adroitly weaves into this story, but I will say that they were not quite so predictable. Which was an immensely pleasant surprise! Even though Hope was hoping for a Pride-and-Prejudice-like life, her life at times would resemble other Jane Austen novels instead! So fun!
Other aspects of the story I loved was how well-rounded and balanced it all was. Shannon Winslow came up with an inventive and diverting premise and her execution was masterly. She created an endearing heroine, a likable cast of characters (including some charming suitors!), and always kept the reader guessing. I loved following the twists and turns of Hope’s “Austen Kind of Life” and am definitely hoping that another client at Crossroads will be wanting or experiencing the same…maybe Karen?
Well-written, original, and beautifully composed Leap of Hope is an entertaining and delightful adventure. Fresh and fun, this story is a perfect choice for readers who have enjoyed other time-slip/body-swap stories like Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Searching for Captain Wentworth, Attempting Elizabeth, Austenland, and the Lost in Austen mini-series. For those who are still on the fence, I recommend reading a sample excerpt or two and taking a leap! 😉