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Darcy's Hope: Beauty from Ashes: A WWI Pride & Prejudice Variation

(Great War Romance #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  34 reviews
1916. World War I has turned French chateaus into bloody field hospitals, British gentlemen into lice-infested soldiers, and left Elizabeth Bennet's life in tatters.

Her father is dead and her home destroyed. Never again will Elizabeth depend on a man to secure her future!

But when an opportunity arises to advance her dreams of becoming a doctor, she is elated--until HE arri
Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Spero Books
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Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
War changes a man.

Perspectives shift,opinions,once proudly held beliefs and maxims disappear into the ether when faced with the blood soaked, wounded, claustrophobic, disease ridden trenches that war's engagement necessitates.

Once a loyal card carrying member of the higher circles and a true believer in class divide,Darcy's epiphany on the battleground illustrates that all his previous staunchly held beliefs are for naught.

Men are men.
Irrespective of their background,or education,character i
The Great War years was such a momentous time in history. That alone would be the captivating backdrop or conflict in a story, but to have it paired with Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice left me salivating to read just such a story. Pride, prejudice, and a desperate war full of battles, espionage, and those desperate souls caught up in it all made for riveting reading from cover to cover.

Darcy's Hope: Beauty from Ashes is not just a variation set in a different time period. There are familiar mom
J. W. Garrett
‘To whom much is given, much will be required’ Luke 12:48

There are several phrases that could apply to Darcy’s story… and this is Darcy’s story as much as Elizabeth’s. I thought about… War is hell and so is love, All’s fair in love and war, but finally decided that the one that actually worked here was the Bible verse Luke 12:48, ‘to whom much is given, much will be required’.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book. I don’t usually read war stories and WWI was an especially difficult era when h
Sheila Majczan
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Warning: this is not a stand alone book and there are some SPOILERS in this review.

WWI: Autumn 1915: We enter at the Netherfield Ball which is to celebrate the opening of the Netherfield Hospital. Elizabeth is asked to dance the waltz to “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” by Captain Darcy. (He has already delivered his insult at the Meryton Assembly 3 mos. prior.) So Elizabeth is not happy with the man. As the officer in charge of requisitioning he visited Mr. Bennet (who is now basically blind and i
Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
How do the secrets and lies contained within the boundaries of war enable us to see the true beauty found inside of another person’s soul?

I received an eARC of this book from the author for a fair and honest review.

It was only a matter of time until Downton Abbey met Pride and Prejudice, and thankfully, under Ginger Monette’s skillful hand, this variation flourishes into a story filled with great intrigue, an engrossing romance, and a captivating setting, that is all cast within a WWI story that
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Finding Love in the Middle of a War Zone

In her second Austenesque release, author Ginger Monette transports readers to battlefields and field hospitals of The Great War in a touching and emotionally turbulent retelling of Pride and Prejudice. A retelling that is two volumes in length – Darcy’s Hope: Beauty From Ashes and Darcy’s Hope At Donwell Abbey. In this series readers will meet Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy, who, after being rejected by the woman he loves and barely surviving the horrors of th
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff, 2016-jaff
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars

This is just about the perfect Pride and Prejudice World War I variation. The characterizations and many events match up nicely with Jane Austen's creation, yet there are so many twists to the storyline that it's impossible to predict where it's going to go next, including the semi-cliffhanger of an ending. (I'm glad I waited a while to read this, since the sequel is due out within the next few days!)

Basically, Elizabeth's family is utterly destroyed (with the exception
Nov 18, 2016 added it
Shelves: austenesque
Ginger Monette’s latest novel, Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes, is a variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set during World War I. Elizabeth Bennet wants to be a doctor and does not want to depend on any man, especially not Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy, who requisitioned part of her family’s property for the war effort, insulted her upon their first meeting, and then expected her to accept his proposal of marriage. With her family torn apart and no home to return to, Elizabeth finds herse ...more
Rita Deodato
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of Darcy’s Hope, I didn’t know author Ginger Monette, and alternate eras are not my favorite type of variations, so I wasn’t sure of what to expect of this book when I started reading it. Now that I’ve read it, I can honestly say Darcy’s Hope is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and one of the most pleasant surprises I’ve had while reading JAFF.

This alternate era variation will take us to the middle of WWI where Captain Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, after briefly meeting
Nicole Marie
Jan 11, 2017 marked it as jaff-tbr
Status: unread
*** Giveaway winner via Just Jane 1813 ( - provided with no expectation of, or promise of a review (favourable or otherwise). ***



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Darcy's Hope: Beauty from Ashes: A WWI Pride & Prejudice Variation (Great War Romance, #1)
by Ginger Monette
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 279 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Spero Books

1916. World War I has turned French chateaus into bloody field hospitals, British gentlemen in
ana darcy
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff
Sorry to start with a tiny spoiler but our couple finish this bo9-3-donwell-teaser-3ok happy but surrounded by a lot of dangers, treason and unknown. However, I will start with a bit of their story in this book before the happy ending. In Beauty from Ashes, Darcy is a Captain and together with his company take the dowager house at Longbourn state. Due to a lot of different events, including Mr. Wickham’s story, Elizabeth abhors Captain Darcy, her dislike of him is, I would say, even greater than ...more
Carole (in Canada)
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: JAFF, Historical Romance
Shelves: favorites, variations
How does an author capture a period so vividly and with such intensity that you feel you are there? Ms Monette has done this, not only with descriptive verse, but with a rich understanding of Jane Austen's characters and the horrors of World War I.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a Captain in his Majesty's Army. Elizabeth Bennet is in the Volunteer Aid Detachment as a nurse. Darcy had proposed in Hunsford but was soundly rejected and Elizabeth has blamed him for all her tragedies ever since. Now they are b
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book and the second book in this series are among the best Austen fan fiction novels I have read. Ever. Set against the backdrop of the Great War, Elizabeth and Darcy hate each other and then love each other, just as in the original Pride and Prejudice. And of course, there's Wickham to gum up the works, and Jane and Bingley are seen along the periphery as well. There is all the intrigue of being stationed at a hospital near the front in Belgium, with Elizabeth as a nurse and Darcy as the C ...more
Kasia Burlakoff
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading this book last night, and I couldn't put it down. It's a fascinating story, and so powerfully written l. For a full experience, I recommend watching a trailer and looking through Lizzy's Scrapbook. They are both stunning, and I loved visiting the places alongside Elizabeth and Darcy. There were original WW I photos, and pictures of everyday items used by British soldiers and medical personnel. It was fascinating to immerse myself in the experience of the past I didn't know a l ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is a take off of Jane Auten's Pride and Prejudice. The setting is during World War I. Fitzwilliam Darcy is a captain and Elizabeth Bennet is a volunteer.

The basic underlying story is based on Austen's original, but there are many changes that make it unique. I found that I needed to have a basic knowledge of the story otherwise I would have been a little confused with this one. There are time skips that take out large chunks of the book. Elizabeth and Darcy are dancing reluctantly in the fi
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monette has set the tone early on, and these characters will be tested in terms of their perceptions, values, and character. Darcy is more stoic in Monette’s novel; he’s a man hammered by war and burdened by a secret mission he feels ill-equipped for. But he still plods onward, doing his duty and nothing more. Elizabeth has come into her own as an independent woman, finding her way in the medical field and hoping for a future where she doesn’t need to depend on anyone. Both are closed off, but u ...more
Mira Magdo
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ginger Monette’s Darcy’s Hope- Beauty from Ashes is the first part of Great War Romance series – lucky you! – the second part Darcy’s Hope – Donwell Abbey is already available, so you can read it together.

The plot takes place in a chateau in France during World War I. Darcy is a captain and Elizabeth is a doctor wannabe nurse. The prologue is at the Netherfield ball where I have to say, Charlotte and Elizabeth have a delightful conversation. Lizzy is really obstinate and headstrong. From the fi
Tanja Glavnik
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you know me, then you'll know I'm also a sucker for anything and mostly everything related to either WWI or WWII as I firmly believe we should remember (though not to the detriment of making progress and taking huge leaps forward). So naturally, seeing that one of my favourite stories was tweaked to fit into a WWI timeline, that caught my interest. It's Pride and Prejudice but with WWI in the background which heightens the danger, adds an edge to the love stories, and gives characters the cha ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
While I liked the wartime setting and the writing was fairly good, I am really annoyed that the plot was not resolved and you have to buy another book.

Throughout the novel there was a number of times with too much wartime/period detail, multiple misunderstandings between ODC, lack of communication, and a drawn out espionage investigation - obviously intended to prolong the story. The changes Darcy made took so long that they were massively watered down. Lizzy’s reluctance to trust was a little
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute adaptation

Very cute and sweet adaptation of pride and prejudice. Sweet lovely read although WW1 played very little into it. The underlying plot of the war and espionage was never expounded on. It needed more depth but an enjoyable read. Loved him losing his pride and way of thinking through real life and then becoming better people apart then together. Cute and fun to read.
Elizabeth Hossenlopp
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A gripping WWI romance!

I enjoyed this book. A lot. I finished it in two days. What a gripping story! As a reader, I was sucked right in . Amazing war details, wonderful character development, and loved the romance. It seems the love between Elizabeth and Darcy is so riveting, it can be written in any time period. Loved it!
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pride and prejudice meets Downton Abbey

It's a great story, I'd say that more than a variation this is a P&P inspired romance with the characters that we already know but at such different circumstances than it can seem as a different story altogether. Anyway I had a great time reading it, definitely worth it.
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, jaff, 2019, modern-jaff
Excellent WWI Story
Others have written some brilliant reviews for this book, so rather than repeat what’s already been said, I will only add that you must read it! It’s a wonderful Elizabeth and Darcy story I know I will read again.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

It is very rare that I add a book to my 'austen-inspired faves' shelves, but this one is heading there without question.

This book is what Jane Austen fanfic was meant to be... I loved it.

Ginger Monette-- I had never heard of you as a writer of JAFF, but one of my favorite blogs reviewed one of your books, and I just had to check it out. You have my permission to keep going!
Emily Henry
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes, the fan-fiction retelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice, successfully takes Miss Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, and other beloved Austenian characters from the early 19th century novel and plants them at the front lines of WWI Europe. While the essence of the characters is not compromised for the die-hard Jane Austen fan, there are certainly new plots, twists, and turns that will keeps the story fresh.

I found myself constantly curious to see how m
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pride and Prejudice, WWI, Downton Abbey – these are three of my favorite things and make for a winning combination. Darcy’s Hope: Beauty from Ashes includes these three elements as it tells a Pride and Prejudice variation set during WWI.

Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy has requisitioned the dower house at Longbourn manor for the military during WWI and in doing so promised Elizabeth Bennet’s father that he would take care of her if anything happened to Mr. Bennet. After Mr. Bennet’s untimely death, Ca
Firstly, I have to praise Ms. Monette for two things: the amount of historical research that's obviously gone into this book, and then for even thinking of setting a P&P variation during WWI in the first place.

Darcy is an Army captain who mets Elizabeth when part of the Longbourn estate is requisitioned for the war effort. They may dance at the Netherfield Ball but the outcome is very similar to canon. Elizabeth desires to become a doctor and starts off her medical career by becoming a VAD nurs
Angela Withrow TheArdentReader
I absolutely loved this book. The setting of WWI is a dangerous one. Elizabeth Bennet is a victim of this war, as much as anyone, she knows what she wants. She wants to be a doctor. Dependant on no man for her living. But forces unseen are moving the pieces of this particular chess board. Her father has allowed the taciturn Captain Darcy to take over the dower house and Elizabeth can not be happy about it at all. The added expense of refurbishing some of the rooms is not something she sees as ne ...more
Dana Mann
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of "Pride and Prejudice" and that is why I chose to read this book. I have never read a variation of a favorite classic before, and I was a little skeptical to see some of my favorite characters taken out of their setting and placed in one so vastly different. It took me a few chapters to leave my unease behind but I was quickly drawn into the storyline. I was intrigued by the ability of the author to maintain enough similarities of the characters themselves to recognize their ba ...more
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