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The Journey Home [Read] ➪ The Journey Home Author Karen M. Cox – Thomashillier.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 li 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 sidequel novella a story of self discovery, acceptance, and romance that details one woman s journey back from despair and forward to her future.


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  1. Sophia Sophia says:

    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 love.This 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 import 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 love.This 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 happiness.The 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 piece.Its 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 Austenesque lovers.My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review


  2. Sheila Majczan Sheila Majczan says:

    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 pleasure.We 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 newborn.Sh 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 pleasure.We 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 newborn.She 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 acts.This 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 attentions.I 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 acquaintances I was again teary eyed


  3. Ceri Ceri says:

    The Journey Home is a sidequel 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 P P although there is one major variation from canon.Another thing which i The Journey Home is a sidequel 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 canon.Another 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 lowI 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 unaffected.By 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 sidequel 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 bitof 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 out.Maggie 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 again.William 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 himHe shook his head I wish she d quit 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 seeof himRichard 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 scenes.I very much enjoyed reading this book but I felt that I would have liked to have had a bitexploration of some things, such as Georgiana s time away from home, or the visits she received after moving to her cottage in a littledepth 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 readI received a copy of this novella from the author for my honest review.


  4. Beau North Beau North says:

    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 quick read, but certain chapters you will want to take your time, revisit, and linger over.


  5. Ceri Ceri says:

    Review to follow.


  6. Debbie Debbie says:

    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 blanks.Unlike Pride and Prejudice, William did not prevent George Wickham from eloping with Georgiana They did 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 blanks.Unlike 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 adequately 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 usabout the life of this survivor after escaping the abusive relationship At first, she needs to rely heavily on William It s nice to getinsight into the siblings loving relationship and share his delight in being Unca to Ruth Ann and Maggie Maggie is quite 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 beindependent.As 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, Georgiana This 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


  7. Mary Mary says:

    A warm hearted snapshot into Georgiana Darcy abused wife,survivor,mother,sister and potentially,a very suitable partner for one quintessential gentleman I loved this short story,the brief window into Georgiana s past,a glimpse into the loving home she rebuilt for herself and her beautiful girls and the bright and fulfilling future that lays ahead


  8. Christina Christina says:

    I have been a long time fan of Karen M Cox, ever since 1932 this side quel to that novel, Georgiana s story, is a rich, heartbreaking, sensual, emotive triumph I adore this author


  9. Carole (in Canada) Carole (in Canada) says:

    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 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 flint.Georgiana 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 journal And when you get to the part of Maggie asking Richard what she should call himwell it is just beautiful.I highly recommend this novella, and if you want to knowabout 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


  10. Sheila Majczan Sheila Majczan says:

    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 pleasure.We 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 newborn.Sh 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 pleasure.We 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 newborn.She 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 acts.This 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 attentions.I 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 acquaintances I was again teary eyed


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