Monday, February 13, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Darcy's Hope at Donwell Abbey by Ginger Monette ~ Review

Book Blurb: 1917. Amidst the chaos of WW1, Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy has won the heart of Elizabeth Bennet. Finally.

Then she disappears.

Still reeling from the loss, Darcy is struck by a battlefield tragedy that leaves him in a dark and silent world.

Sent to Donwell Abbey to recover, he's coaxed back to life by an extraordinary nurse. A woman whose uncanny similarities to Elizabeth invite his admiration and entice his affections.

His heart tells him to hold on to Elizabeth. His head tells him to take a chance with his nurse.

But Donwell Abbey holds a secret that just might change everything.

Escape to the era of Downton Abbey in this enthralling stand-alone sequel* to Darcy's Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes that includes appearances by John Thornton, Margaret Hale, Colonel Brandon, Marianne Dashwood, and descendants of George Knightley.

My Review: So due to a misunderstanding on the part of a newspaper reporter and Caroline Bingley, Elizabeth runs away from Darcy at the beginning of the book. I really wish that she would have waited until Darcy's leave so she could have talked to him about it. But then we wouldn't have the premise of this book. There wasn't alot of action in this book. It's mainly about Elizabeth taking care of him (while pretending to be a different woman) while he recovers from his injuries. There is two scheming aunts in this book instead of the customary one, which I love. The ending to me seemed to rush the healing of his temporary blindness and I would have loved to see the reunion between Jane and Lizzy but that was not to be. I would recommend reading Darcy's Hope before reading this book as there is a lot of things you won't get if you haven't read that one.

The Darcy's Hope duology is a set of books that you shouldn't miss if you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice variations.

* I received an advanced copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own.

Link to Darcy's Hope ~ Beauty From the Ashes 

Rating: ★★★★☆

Author Bio: Winner of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's 2015 “Picture This” grand prize, Ginger lives with her family in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she enjoys dancing on the treadmill, watching period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.


  1. Thank you, TIna, for featuring Darcy's Hope on your blog today!

    Now is a great time to embark on this Downton Abbey era Lizzy/Darcy story as Darcy's Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes is on sale! But hurry, sale won't last long. This link will take you to your choice of e-book retailers--Amazon, ibooks, B&N, Kobo, etc.

    You can watch a video trailer of Beauty from Ashes here:

  2. The Knightley aunt in this book very much reminds me of the Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey, which isn't entirely inappropriate given the inspiration for the books and the time setting. Like you, Tina, I'd definitely recommend reading Beauty from Ashes first. The two books together make for a very enjoyable read.