The Journey Home

The Journey Home➹ [Download] ➵ The Journey Home By Karen M. Cox ➼ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Georgiana Darcy has left girlhood far behind her A young single mother with two small daughters she escaped a precarious existence Now she has returned to her ancestral home ready to rebuild her life Georgiana Darcy has left girlhood far behind her A young single mother with two small daughters she escaped a precarious existence Now she has The Journey Kindle - returned to her ancestral home ready to rebuild her life Her brother William welcomed her with open arms and helped her back on her feet But home is than a place—it’s a state of mind and Georgiana has a journey of the heart ahead of her As her brother falls in love with Elizabeth the new girl in town Georgiana finds herself drawn to William’s long time friend Sheriff Richard Fitzwilliam a widower fifteen years her senior Richard would never want her or so she believes but when he’s near her sorrow vanishes When Georgiana’s past comes roaring back to haunt her can Richard and his kind gentle ways help see her through The Journey Home a companion piece to the award winning novel is a stand alone “sideuel” novella—a story of self discovery acceptance and romance that details one woman’s journey back from despair and forward to her future. Starting over after a terrible mistake a young single mother attempts to get past her shame and guilt while rearing her young girls and watching her stalwart and serious older brother find love She doesn't see her own inner strength and worth though she has learned to love again and this time he's a man worthy of her loveThis gently paced parallel story to the original Pride Prejudice other historical era retelling 1932 was a sweet and heartwarming follow up giving a few of 1932's important and engaging side characters their own story Georgiana narrates from her first person perspective The way she is developed as a character drew out my deeper emotions I adored her and her children and I really wanted her to get her own second chance at happinessThe author cleverly wraps this story around and through '1932' with William and Elizabeth's story set in Kentucky farmlands of the 1930's so that this works best with that story being read ahead of time but can also stand alone as its own independent pieceIts novella length and reads swiftly but it doesn't chintz on the development of plot or characters The writing was superb and the heartwarming redemptive tones were lovely I finished this one with a smile of satisfaction I can easily recommend it to those who love sweet historical romance retellings and variations but particularly Austenesue loversMy thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review This is a parallel story and although you might be able to read it alone the other story 1932 is such an excellent story that I would wonder at how you would deprive yourself of that pleasureWe begin with Georgiana making the decision to save her daughters from the abuse she has lived with during much of her time married to George Wickham The time is The Great Depression and the place is the midlands of America Kansas mostly Georgiana has two daughters Maggie 3 and Ruth Ann a newbornShe goes back to live with her brother and protector William Darcy Maggie is not talking due to her experiences at her father's hands Darcy and his best friend Sheriff Richard Fitzwilliam a widower who lost both his wife and his son during childbirth do all they can to not only divorce Georgiana from Wickham and to change all the names from Wickham to Darcy but to also search for him as they have discovered many offenses under the law as well as immoral actsThis story is told from Georgiana's POV and while we do read of how Darcy and Elizabeth marry it is mostly how Georgiana comes to accept that she is not forever stained by her past Not only is she a survivor but she also picks herself up to find she is worth loving and can accept being deserving of a good man's attentionsI love the conversation Karen has written the depths of insight the dealing with the soul's forgiving of oneself and finding redemption in the relationships in family friends and acuaintances I was again teary eyed ‘The Journey Home’ is a ‘sideuel’ for Karen M Cox’s ‘1932’ I’ve posted about that book previously and you can read the review here but in a nutshell ‘1932’ is a ‘Pride Prejudice’ inspired story which transports Meryton into small town depression era USA The Bennet family are down on their luck William Darcy is a well to do local farmer who takes a fancy to Miss Elizabeth Bennet It broadly follows the story of PP although there is one major variation from canonAnother thing which is different is Georgiana William’s sister In PP she is a 16 year old girl who has suffered a narrow escape from eloping with George Wickham a man who was after her fortune and to avenge himself on his former friend In ‘1932’ Georgina is at first a bit of a mystery; although going by the name of Miss Darcy she has two young daughters She lives with her brother and there is no husband in the picture She is 23 rather than 16 but her soul is older than the average 23 year old Georgiana here made some bad decisions and paid for them She has endured physically mentally and her own image of herself has been humbled and brought low ‘I could almost feel the disgrace lingering on my skin’She almost feels like she doesn’t deserve anything good because of the bad decisions she has made An event happens that gives Georgiana the impetus to overcome what little pride she has and go back to her brother to recover both physically and mentally and to provide a safe haven to help her girls recover particularly the elder as the baby is small enough to have been unaffectedBy the time we first meet Georgiana in ‘1932’ she has recovered bodily and is starting to come to the point where the love and support of her brother has given her the mental strength to start again Georgiana wants to have her own life and to be a good role model for her two little girls In the background of William and Elizabeth’s story in ‘1932’ Georgiana starts to forge her own path This ‘sideuel’ focuses on things from Georgiana’s perspective starting with the aftermath of the event that caused her to leave so it begins at an earlier point than the other book I enjoyed having a bit of an insight into Georgiana’s mind When I read ‘1932’ I deeply sympathised with her as well as admiring her as a person who had hit rock bottom and managed to climb back outMaggie is Georgina’s elder daughter and one of the highlights of the previous book She was an absolute sweetie and I was very glad to meet her again I knew that when Maggie had gone to live with her ‘Unca’ she at first had been traumatised and refused to speak and it was very touching to see the point when she first began to talk againWilliam Darcy is a sweet man under his handsome yet unwelcoming shell and of course his sister gets to see under the hard shell to the sweet man that we know from ‘1932’ He is charmingly unaware that his niece has a lot in common with him ‘He shook his head “I wish she’d uit staring at me like that It’s unnerving” I laughed through my tears softly so as not to frighten the toddler in my lap “I don’t know why it bothers you She looks just like you do half the time” Maggie’s dark eyed stare was the little girl version of William’s curmudgeonly scowl’ Sheriff Richard Fitzwilliam is Darcy’s closest friend there for him during his lonely time during Georgiana’s absence He is such a lovely character and surprisingly wise I liked him a lot in ‘1932’ for his kindness so it was good to see of him ‘Richard looked at me with kindness but not with pity He addressed me rather than my brother and I could see how William would be able to tell him private information without a second thought His expression was open and accepting without a hint of disapproval’There is a hint of Christianity in this book Georgiana’s faith in God is something that didn’t falter even at her lowest point and it helped form her decision to come home As I said though this is a hint rather than a theme it’s a very small part of the story Although there is some sex in the story there are no overt sex scenesI very much enjoyed reading this book but I felt that I would have liked to have had a bit exploration of some things such as Georgiana’s time away from home or the visits she received after moving to her cottage in a little depth There are some instances where things happen off the page which sometimes made the pace feel a little rushed to me However this book adds a further dimension to ‘1932’ which I really enjoyed I would certainly recommend reading ‘1932’ first to get the full benefit as you will get to know Lizzy and William better that way and fill in the gaps with ‘The Journey Home’ I’d rate this as a 4 star read I received a copy of this novella from the author for my honest review A beautiful heartfelt companion piece to Karen M Cox's masterpiece '1932' Everyone knows that I am a Fitzwilliam Fangirl tried and true but I'd forgotten in the time since I read 1932 just how much I love THIS Fitzwilliam It was such a pleasure getting to revisit these characters once to see Georgiana fight for freedom and happiness not just for herself but for her children It was a uick read but certain chapters you will want to take your time revisit and linger over This is a very satisfying companion to the author's excellent 1932 While the other book focuses on the relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and William Darcy this one directs our attention to his sister Georgiana who has her own story to tell Yes that means this is written in first person Although readers of 1932 already know some significant parts of it this fills in all the blanksUnlike Pride and Prejudice William did not prevent George Wickham from eloping with Georgiana They did marry and have two daughters together Maggie and Ruth Ann But just as in PP Wickham is a slug He drinks too much doesn't earn enough to provide adeuately for his family hits his wife and she learns he is a bigamist too She feels trapped without the money necessary to take the girls and set out on her own When Wickham lashes out at little Maggie Georgiana finally has had enough and approaches her brother William for help All the above is explained in the Prelude and in 1932 so no spoilers here The book tells us about the life of this survivor after escaping the abusive relationship At first she needs to rely heavily on William It's nice to get insight into the siblings' loving relationship and share his delight in being Unca to Ruth Ann and Maggie Maggie is uite the chatterbox by the time Elizabeth meets her in 1932 but she goes through a long period of refusing to speak after Wickham struck her Georgiana and William are reassured by doctors that she will talk again when she's ready but that they shouldn't try to pressure her and it's moving when she finally feels secure enough to climb onto Unca's lap and ask him to read to her The gossip in the neighborhood surrounding Georgiana is also addressed Imagine the scandal at this time in history surrounding a woman who grew up in a small town known to have disappeared and eloped returning years later with two small children but without a husband It takes time for the mutterings to die down enough for her to feel comfortable going out from the safe haven of William's home We see the William and Elizabeth story through Georgiana's eyes Her brother does not confide in her about his feelings for Miss Bennet so she can only observe and wonder what's going on between them When she learns the two will marry she decides it's time to give her brother space with his new wife and with the help of Sheriff Richard Fitzwilliam moves with her girls to a nearby cottage While that's the impetus for the move it signals a major step for Georgiana who now is ready to be independentAs readers of 1932 already know Georgiana and Richard Fitzwilliam fall in love The growth of her feelings for him conveys her readiness to put her trust in a man again which is another important step It's even Georgiana who initiates the change from friendship to courtship Yay GeorgianaThis beautiful story is just as beautifully written by a talented author Characters are believable and consistent with the way you would expect their PP counterparts to act during this era I don't know if it's necessary to read 1932 to follow the primary storyline here though there might be some confusion about what the heck is going on with William If you read this as a stand alone you'll be likely to read that one next which is a good thing because 1932 is yet another wonderful 5 star book A warm hearted snapshot into Georgiana Darcy abused wifesurvivormothersister and potentiallya very suitable partner for one uintessential gentleman I loved this short storythe brief window into Georgiana's pasta glimpse into the loving home she rebuilt for herself and her beautiful girls and the bright and fulfilling future that lays ahead I have been a long time fan of Karen M Cox ever since 1932 this side uel to that novel Georgiana's story is a rich heartbreaking sensual emotive triumph I adore this author This is Georgiana's story and a companion novella to Ms Cox's '1932' variation on Pride Prejudice This is an emotional but powerful journey of growth and redemption that tugs at your heartstrings The opening prologue gives us a glimpse of what Georgiana has had to endure This is her story of reaching down deep into her soul and rising up from the poverty and abuse she and her two children have endured at the hands of her husband to finding her way back home We get to see Georgiana take on her fear and face it with the help of not just her brother William but the wise and older Sheriff Richard Fitzwilliam For Georgiana's reaction to him was like a match striking flintGeorgiana works through her feelings by writing down in her old journal What she writes will break your heart but you can just see her inner strength come rising through Now I felt aged and brittle like the yellowed pages of this journalAnd when you get to the part of Maggie asking Richard what she should call himwell it is just beautifulI highly recommend this novella and if you want to know about Georgiana Richard a tree a robin and a promise believe me you wont be disappointed Do you have to read '1932' to understand Georgiana's story? No but I believe you will appreciate both that much This is a parallel story and although you might be able to read it alone the other story 1932 is such an excellent story that I would wonder at how you would deprive yourself of that pleasureWe begin with Georgiana making the decision to save her daughters from the abuse she has lived with during much of her time married to George Wickham The time is The Great Depression and the place is the midlands of America Kansas mostly Georgiana has two daughters Maggie 3 and Ruth Ann a newbornShe goes back to live with her brother and protector William Darcy Maggie is not talking due to her experiences at her father's hands Darcy and his best friend Sheriff Richard Fitzwilliam a widower who lost both his wife and his son during childbirth do all they can to not only divorce Georgiana from Wickham and to change all the names from Wickham to Darcy but to also search for him as they have discovered many offenses under the law as well as immoral actsThis story is told from Georgiana's POV and while we do read of how Darcy and Elizabeth marry it is mostly how Georgiana comes to accept that she is not forever stained by her past Not only is she a survivor but she also picks herself up to find she is worth loving and can accept being deserving of a good man's attentionsI love the conversation Karen has written the depths of insight the dealing with the soul's forgiving of oneself and finding redemption in the relationships in family friends and acuaintances I was again teary eyed I'm going to be honest it has been a while since reading the Book that started it all 1932 Some of the timeline and details are foggy and my next book will be 1932 which works well because it works reading them in either order In this one we see Georgianna as never before It starts actually in 1931 and it gives us glimpse into what Georgianna had to endure to bring her little ones to safety I loved watching Gi heal thanks to her loving brother Big brother is so endearing loving protective in this one I loved them getting to know each other again When Georgianna learns from her daughter maggie that Unca likes Elizabeth He suddenly attends church often and with the final pieces to the puzzle thanks to her daughters help gives her a complete picture that her dear brother is at last in love The chatter between siblings was such a great addition to the story for me When Gi brings up Darcy pursuing Lizzy he is his normal serious Darcy and he is playing over thoughts outloud Maybe she would overlook the different in our ages if there were other benefits I couldn't help but giggle Georgianna's POV Goodness William you're not a piece of farm euipment If you read 1932 you will remember as it brought vague memories to me by reading this Instead of Colonel Fitzwilliam in this one it's sheriff Fitzwilliam They are close friends and not cousins and when Gi is brought home Darcy wastes no time in involving the sheriff into matters where Gi's bigamist father of her two little girls I refer to Wickham of course The chapters do tend to move forward so be aware the chapter may end at one point and then start the next chapter months down the road Also this book is told in Georgianna's POV so for those who don't like reading in the 1st person this may be an issue This is a clean read just mild vague foreplay It also has mild light touches of religion tossed in as well but I would not call this a christian based book The love that develops between Gi and the sheriff is very sweet I just think reading both characters POV would just have helped add depth to the story I would have liked to see of Richard with Maggie and Ruth as well as husband and father I still can't fault to much as I did feel the bond and admired the strength Cox gave to Georgianna's character It was a side I loved seeing to her and how determined she was to get what she wanted Enjoy