In The Journey Home to Pemberley the author uses her knowledge of England to take the reader on a journey of their own through the country. Her vivid descriptions will allow the reader to visit the Lake District, Derbyshire, Dorsetshire, and Cambridge without even leaving his home. However, this is not the reason why you must read this book. You must read The Journey Home to Pemberley because it is a captivating, well-written romance that reaches the readers hearts and souls.
In it, Elizabeth and the Gardiners make it to the Lake District and find themselves aiding the rescue of a gentleman who was caught and injured during a horrible thunderstorm. That gentleman is none other than Mr. Darcy, and when Elizabeth discovers that it is him our hearts start to beat faster. Her genuine concern for his welfare and all the actions she takes while at the inn are pure bliss for romantic readers. The initial chapters are therefore very romantic and sweet. The reader will want to stay at that inn forever! But of course they cannot remain there for the entirety of the story and some angst will have to appear at some point.
When it did, I literally screamed at my kindle! I couldn’t believe what was happening, and I couldn’t believe that my favourite character would have to suffer that much once more! Until that moment I couldn’t stop reading because I was loving all the romantic interlude and dialogues I was seeing, but from that moment on I couldn’t put the book down until Darcy was happy once more.
Of course, the journey to happiness will not be simple, but fate will help and these characters will meet one another several times after the disruption in their relationship. Their last encounter at Pemberley is absolutely perfect! It kept me awake for much of the night because every sentence and every paragraph had to be read over and over again. The environment in which they meet is perfect. Their reactions are perfect. Their dialogues are perfect. What can I say? The entire chapter is perfect!
There are talented authors who write staggering books and average authors who work hard and write acceptable books. Joana Starnes falls into the first category and The Journey Home to Pemberley is once more proof of that. She doesn’t need far-fetched plots to capture the reader’s attention because her prose is enough to have that effect. This book captured my attention since the initial chapter where we see a thunderstorm come into Darcy’s way, until the couples reunion at Pemberley after the long journey they took throughout the country.
The only quibble I had with this book was the ending that seemed to drag a little. I understand most readers will love to see the main characters enjoy their bliss, as well as to know the fate of the secondary characters, but to an angst addict such as myself, it seemed a little too much. Despite this, one of my favourite aspects of the book was Darcy’s pure joy in the final chapters. It was hard to feel his pain during the angst part of the book, but the joy the author was able to transmit in the end was worth it. This is in fact one of Joana Starnes best characteristics as an author, she is able to make the reader feel everything the main characters are feeling, and that I would say is the best feature of this book! The emotion that is transmitted to the reader is compelling and will make everyone keep reading until the very end.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants a well-written and riveting romance. It is not overly angsty so I think it will appeal to readers who prefer a lower dose of angst, and it has a very interesting twist in Lydia storyline. The consequences of Lydia’s actions on her family are also very different and I liked this innovation, especially to Mrs. Bennet’s character.
Summing up, this is one of my favourite books this year and I recommend it to all types of readers.
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Joana lives in the south of England with her family. Over the years, she has swapped several hats – physician, lecturer, clinical data analyst – but feels most comfortable in a bonnet. She has been living in Georgian England for decades in her imagination, and plans to continue in that vein till she lays hands on a time machine.
She is the author of eight Austen-inspired novels (From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley; The Subsequent Proposal; The Second Chance; The Falmouth Connection; The Unthinkable Triangle; Miss Darcy’s Companion; Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter and The Darcy Legacy) and one of the contributors to the Quill Ink anthologies (The Darcy Monologues, Dangerous to Know and Rational Creatures). They are all available at Amazon in Kindle and paperback, and some in Audible too: Joana’s Amazon Page.
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8 ebook copies of The Journey Home to Pemberley.
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