The Journey

I have to start this review by saying that The Journey is absolutely perfect! There isn’t one single aspect I disliked in this book, in fact my feelings are quite the opposite as I loved pretty much everything in it. If I could give it a 10 star rating I would, but as that is off the scale, let me say this is a solid 5 star book that will keep readers entertained for an entire day.

The beginning of The Journey is worthy of an Hollywood production. The first page is so exciting that it made me want to read more of the book, and as I continued reading it, I could not stop because the more I read the more I wanted to read. This book is probably one of the biggest page turners I have ever read in my life, I’ve read it twice and the need to continue reading non-stop did not abade the second time.

In this story, right after the Netherfield Ball, Elizabeth begins a journey to visit her relations in London in Mr. Bingley’s carriage with his sisters and Mr. Darcy, when they encounter  a band of highwaymen who threaten to abduct Elizabeth for their own amusement. Mr. Darcy immediately steps forward and offers himself as a hostage in her place, but when this is ineffective, he proclaims she is his wife in order to protect her. The highwaymen then decide to abduct them both to request a ransom, and this is how the most exciting and passionate journey begins.

Darcy and Elizabeth are forced to spend a lot of time together while confined in the room they are being held and there they learn more about each other and their own feelings, but that is not the entire story. The book will go beyond their abduction, and once they are back in society, they will be faced with very difficult choices that will keep the story as exciting as it was until this moment.

The dialogues in this book are witty and interesting and Mr. Darcy assumes the role of a protector than can only be described as the sexiest thing possible. He is the perfect gentleman in this book, but he is not perfect and by respecting his imperfections, Jan Hahn has mastered the art of creating the perfect Darcy. Plus, he is faced with jealousy in this book which is always a plus in a JAFF novel for me.

With this premise it comes as no surprise that Darcy and Elizabeth have many interactions with one another and that it allows them to slowly fall in love with one another, but the art in this book is that we are not just told by the author they love each other, we can see and feel it happening in the pages we are turning as if the pages themselves were pouring feelings.

I could feel my heart break into a million pieces at a certain point in the book and until this moment I cannot explain how it is possible for an author to convey so many emotions, and so intense, as the ones Jan Hahn created with mere words. I don’t know how a scene could be more perfect than the one that made me feel this way, and I have to congratulate Ms. Hahn on her mastery.

I love the connection Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth establish in this book and the fact that Darcy discovers about Elizabeth’s refusal of Mr. Collins proposal very early in the story. I always love books where that happens because I think it is crucial for Darcy to better understand Elizabeth and to speed up his admiration for her, also it could be the trigger for him to realize he could lose her to someone else, so adding this detail to the story made me love it even more.

The entire book is told from Elizabeth’s perspective but in the end we can see Darcy remembering what he felt or thought during the journey which was a sweet gift the author offered us.

The book is filled with angst, but after the turbulence Jan Hahn takes the time to show readers how blissful Darcy and Elizabeth’s lives can be. Nothing is rushed or out of place in Jan Hahn’s books and this is no exception. After a very angsty story, with many Darcy/Elizabeth moments, we are gifted with their happy reunion and can enjoy it for several chapters before it ends. We also get to know what happened to all the other characters in the book, which gives us some contentment when reading the last phrase.

I could not recommend this book enough for any reader looking for an exciting, romantic and passionate tale.

 

You can find The Journey at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.ca

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19 Comments

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19 responses to “The Journey

  1. Sophia Rose

    Yep! This one is one of the best variations I’ve read. Oh the feels! I was so swoony over Darcy as a protector. And you’re right, things got pretty tangled there afterward.

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  2. J. W. Garrett

    OMG! What a beautiful, powerful review. Man… I want to read this. Excellent review and I have it in my TBR pile. I picked this up when it was on sale recently. It had been on my wish-list like forever. This review makes me want to read it sooner. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  3. Michelle H

    Oh Rita, I could not agree with you more! 100% I just recently reread it when it went on sale (joy joy joy) and I loved it more the second time around because I’d forgotten a few details. ***** (and yes, it deserves more) And, exciting possibility, I hear that Jan is thinking about a sequel. Sigh.

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  4. I have read this book three times – love it. And I am sure I will read it again. So sigh worthy. I have it in kindle and in paperback!

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  5. Glynis

    So Rita, did you enjoy this book? 🙂 🙂
    I’m sorry to say that I haven’t read it yet (you know me and angst!)
    However it was on my wish list so I bought it and now I’m steeling myself to read it. I love a passionate Darcy so I think I should be ok 😊

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    • Glynis

      Well Rita, I must say that you were correct about this book. Definitely five stars from me. I loved it even though I found both Darcy and Elizabeth to be slow to catch on over each others feelings! Even with their unconscious demonstrations! 🙂
      Yes I will definitely be reading this again.

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      • I’m so, so, so glad you liked it Glynis!!! I know it does have a lot of angst and that this is something you prefer to avoid, but the love story is so good that it is irresistible!!! Jan Hahn has found the way to make non-angst people to love it anyway hasn’t she?

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  6. Christina Boyd

    Yup, it’s a classic! Easy to love. I always cast a younger Viggo Mortensen as the highwayman. Always. Since first read.

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  7. Carla Gaudêncio

    You done it again! You write such review , that all I want to is to drop everything and start reading …it’s not possible and I suffer…
    It’s add to my wish list, and I’ll get there .
    Thank you for your enthusiasm , it´s very contagious

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  8. Jan Hahn

    Wow! Rita, you really should be a publisher because you know how to sell a book and then some. Thank you so much for that fantastic review. It even makes me want to go back and read The Journey again. 😄

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  9. A wonderful and fun review, Rita. It’s already on my tbr list and reading this makes me want to start the book now. You have a way of drawing others in and convincing them to give it a try.

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  10. sounds like a wonderful read

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  11. Jennifer Redlarczyk

    I read this book when it first came out and LOVED it!

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  12. Agnes

    Oh, this is just one of the perfect JAFF books ever! I remember my (guilty, because he was a counterpoint to Darcy) admiration for the highwayman leader and the delicious D/E interactions. Thanks for bringing it to my attention again!

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  13. Gosh you really loved this book! Sounds like a must-read. I love books that make you fall in love with them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

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