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Tree of Life: Charlotte & the Colonel

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Darcy's attachment wasn't the only one smouldering beneath the surface that Easter at Hunsford...

On the verge of proposing to his cousin Anne, the gritty Colonel Fitzwilliam discovers his beloved childhood friend Charlotte living less than half a mile away, married to the odious Mr. Collins.

A harrowing battle escape a year later leaves the colonel with a life-threatening i
Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Ginger Monette
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Oh, be still my heart – it is a novel about Colonel Fitzwilliam! (Squeee!) Of course the dashing and charming colonel has been the subject of many an Austenesque work, but in this novel…he is explored, developed, and featured in ways like never before. If you are intrigued to learn more about this easy-going and amiable man and observe his journey through trials and personal growth, then read on!

This novel begins several years before the opening of Pride and Prejudice, where we learn that Colone
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“A first love is something that lasts forever in your heart. It’s something that marks you.” Elodie Yung

“She was my first love, and I loved her as only a boy loves.” James Weldon Johnson

This was not a happy story for most of our journey. The title tells us that it is the story of our dear Colonel and Charlotte. Well, we know from canon that being the second son, our dear Colonel needed someone that possessed a fortune and had proper connections. Charlotte Lucas has neither. After years of friend
They were childhood sweethearts until they were old enough to learn that they both had to marry without love to suit practical needs and family expectation. A long journey of heartbreak, new faith, and hope separate and bring them back in turn in this tender romance for Charlotte Lucas and Richard Fitzwilliam from Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

If Charlotte had good connections in her great aunt that led her into the sphere, if peripherally, of the aristocratic Fitzwilliam family and what if she a
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I was truly surprised about how much I enjoyed reading Tree of Life ~ Charlotte and the Colonel. I had no idea what to expect. There are a few changes in this Pride and Prejudice companion story (or continuation) from the original, but mostly only with Charlotte and the Colonel.

In this, the Colonel and Charlotte knew each other as children. Charlotte’s aunt had married well and was a neighbor and close friend of Lady Matlock, the Colonel’s mother. Charlotte would visit her aunt during the summe
An enjoyable read. Mostly. I liked this, but the unnecessary profanity seemed to get in the way of the story.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Colonel Fitzwilliam has known Charlotte Lucas since they played together as children, and as loved her nearly as long. But he needs a dowry, and she will not marry a soldier. As they meet again when she has married Mr Collins can there be a happy ending - we follow their story as the Colonel goes to war again - can circumstances bring them together?
Really enjoyed this story of the Colonel, one of my favourite characters. A very easy to read writing style, and an interesting story.
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Loved the story. Thought it was unrealistic concerning the religious theology presented at times. The theology presented is very Protestant evangelical. Not Anglican or catholic...which seems more likely. Also, way too much religious talk.
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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A Moving, Spiritual Journey
This is a companion novel/variation to Pride and Prejudice. If you love Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam and Charlotte Lucas, you will love this story. Friends since childhood, they love each other but Richard knows, as a second son, he must marry a woman with a good dowry and connections. In conflict with his heart, he must separate himself from Charlotte. She must also be free to marry.

War and circumstances separate them for five years. Charlotte has married Mr. Collins.
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Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Monette stays with the religious aspects of her writing in this tale, even having Colonel Fitzwilliam accepting a flogging for another man. But as I like stories about the good colonel, I devoured this one.
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"Tree of Life" was my first real Jane Austen variation so I was very excited to read it! I'm truly grateful to the author for writing this book because now I'm very excited to begin reading more Jane Austen variations. Hooray for Jane Austen Fans!!If you love reading Jane Austen's work and variations this is the book for you!

At first, I was very apprehensive because I was like who can beat Jane Austen!! But I really enjoyed Tree of Life because the author gave life to the characters and also the
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