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A chance encounter in the wilds of the North brings more joy to Elizabeth and Mr Darcy than either of them dared hope for. But her world is rocked by blow after blow - and the truth would only cause him pain. ‘I must be cruel only to be kind’ is Elizabeth’s guiding precept, and she chooses her path. Yet time, circumstances and new acquaintances teach her she had made a terrible mistake. 

How can she regain what she had lost and rebuild a future with the only man she will ever love, but for whom disguise of every sort is his abhorrence?

©2019 Joana Starnes (P)2019 Joana Starnes

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Outstanding narration for this exquisite novel

In a field of many ardent and talented Jane Austen-inspired authors, we are blessed to be living in such days as these when self-publishing makes it easier for talented writers to find their niche. Starnes has long established her place at the top of several “Favorites” lists with bestsellers like Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter, The Unthinkable Triangle, and Miss Darcy’s Companion. The Journey Home to Pemberley, her latest Pride & Prejudice reimagining, begs the question: How can Elizabeth Bennet find solace after she gives up the only man she will ever love? In The Journey Home to Pemberley, that holiday to the Lake District with her aunt and uncle Gardiner takes place (remember in canon Mr Gardiner’s business would not allow an extended trip and so they had to content themselves with the celebrated beauties of Derbyshire) and, as Fate would have it, Elizabeth meets with Mr Darcy again. He was thrown from his horse and, when found, he was brought to the same inn where Elizabeth and her relatives have accommodations. While he convalesces, they reconcile their misunderstanding after that unfortunate proposal scene at Hunsford months before when she had strenuously refused him...and now love blooms. Can we dare to hope for a happily-ever-after so soon? Certainly not, as this is only the beginning of their journey. And as Pride & Prejudice-like circumstances arise, Elizabeth selflessly, even foolishly, alters their course: “She could not inflict that curse upon him—have him bear that shame for as long as Lydia lived—for the rest of their natural lives, rather, for such an enormity would not be forgotten. Nor could she live with him day after day and witness the result. See the opprobrium eating away at him. See the love fading from his eyes. Between the surgeon’s knife and the gangrene’s slow poison, the choice was clear: she would take the knife every time. For his sake as much as hers. Cruel to be kind.” Months after this folly, she learns what we knew all along: she erred in thinking her sacrifice had protected Darcy, creating only misery of the acutest kind. “Foolish, headstrong and misguided girl! Should you not have known better than to brave this alone?” Oh Darcy, I couldn’t agree more! But is Fate unkind throwing Darcy and Elizabeth together time and time again in this soul searching journey from the wilds of the North to Dorsetshire (and beyond) then full circle back to Pemberley? Of course not! We love that kind of push and pull as the tension builds, leaving us nearly breathless in anticipation for this hard won happily-ever-after: “Her heart overflowing, Elizabeth ran her thumb in a gentle caress over the bold penmanship that was by now as familiar as her own. Just three words—but sometimes three words were enough. He had not gone as far as to plainly write ‘I love you’ lest the note be read by anyone but she. Yet it was all there—the love, the joy, the promise—in other words: ‘Not a dream.’” (#swoon) Prose like that keep me coming back for more great Austenesque novels! This is author Joana Starnes at her best. For lovers of Darcy and Elizabeth, The Journey Home to Pemberley is a MUST READ. (Heat Index: rated Moderate for sexual references but not explicit) Once again, narrator Stevie Zimmerman is outstanding and does this exquisite novel much justice!

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A Roller Coaster Ride

Stevie Zimmerman did an excellent job as usual narrating this angsty tale by Joana Starnes. I very much enjoyed listening to it, though I must admit, the angst in the middle was pretty rough...for both Darcy and Elizabeth, and me. Taking place after the Hunsford proposal, this story has Darcy travelling by himself, trying to let out his feelings. Lizzy is traveling north with the Gardiners. A storm causes all of them to meet at a remote inn. D and L get an unusual chance to talk in private, and it looks like they are going to have a second chance at happiness together. In fact, circumstances are such that Darcy travels north with the group, and they have a lovely time leisurely traveling to Pemberley, enjoying the sights. But then Elizabeth receives terrible news from Jane, and everything unravels. She feels the need to break things off yet again, and this time the separation is much worse. While both of them deal with the separation in their own ways, they again meet when it is least expected. The pain and awkwardness is acute. Will those two ever be able to get to the truth of things? (Don't worry. The answer is yes. Be thankful for annoying matchmaking aunts and cozy book rooms.) This is definitely an engaging story with some great new characters. I loved the Monkford sisters and their part of the story.

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My Favorite P&P Variation

Sweet story, not vulgar, not predictable, and well written. My favorite P&P variation (and I've read over 30 books!)

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A great deal of angst

This was okay, but a little too long and too full of angst. Darcy was my favorite character in this variation. I would have liked to slap Elizabeth. She caused so much unnecessary problems. She jilted poor Darcy twice! The Lydia plot was interesting and somewhat unusual. There was a new family introduced. They were rather nondescript. Jane and Bingley are present, but do not play a very big part. Bingley is in the Indies most of the time. The narrator is good.

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Excellent Story and Wonderful Narration

Joana Starnes is my favourite JAFF writer and never fails to impress, not only with her wonderfully fulsome stories, with intense emotion, but also with her use of language, which is so beautiful. Every sentence is poetic and flowing. Stevie Zimmerman was an excellent narrator, bringing each character to life with her varying voices. The whole story came alive for me with her reading. Cannot say enough good things about both.

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Endearing variation

I had read/listened to this book for so many times. Never do I grow tired of this love story. One of favorites. Such love and endearing moments. Highly recommend this book. The best of Ms Starnes

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Another good piece from Joana Starnes

I enjoy Stevie Zimmerman's narrations. The story was good overall but sometimes seemed too winding a plot to get to the point. It was still an enjoyable reimagining of the Elizabeth-Darcy love story.

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Captivating

I usually listen to audible on my commute, but I couldn’t limit my listening on this one. I kept my earbuds in all weekend until I finished the book. Starnes’ excellent writing and Zimmerman’s excellent narration join to make this P&P variation enthralling. Don’t hesitate to add this one to your collection. I’ll be listening to it many times over.

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Amazing!!!

This story is not for the faint of heart! I thought my own heart would never recover, but of course, we do eventually get our hard fought for HEA. The saying that you have to work or fight for anything worth having is especially true in this book. Agonizing- but so worth it!!!Joanna Starnes is an amazing author that has such a talent to connect you to her stories so much so that you feel the joy and pain as if you were the one experiencing them. There was a fair share of both here. Such a well thought out and executed story!

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I wanted to stop listening, but couldn’t!

I’ll be honest, this book pulled at my heart strings. I was so bothered by some of the events that I really wanted to stop listening. However, I persevered and got my sweet ending eventually. I later realized that’s what makes a great story - pulling at your heartstrings and making you angry at the way things unfold. Hats off to this writer. I was fully invested and hurt - thank goodness my heart healed in the end. :)

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  • Diana
  • 11-07-19

A great favourite of mine

The audiobook had all my attention from the start. The author has such an exact knowledge of the various locations - I felt as if I were right there at the Kirkstone Pass Inn with Lizzy and her relations and a certain gentleman. The local accents (Lakeland and Derbyshire) given to various people in the book is such a sweet touch. I loved it. The audiobook had me on an emotional rollercoaster - from sheer joy to vexation to actual tears rolling down my cheeks... it doesn't happen often that a book takes such an effect on me. My best part of the audiobook is, in chapter 16, when Lizzy and FD meet in a certain personal room...ahhh utterly charming scenes await the new listener, as well as the revisiting ones. Stevie Zimmerman's narrating lends itself to this book like no other voice would. It is such a joy to listen to her jump from one voice to another, without the feel of the same person speaking it. She speaks male, female voices, as well as old and young voices with such conviction. Those voices of the different characters have the ability to draw you in. Exceptionally talented. And to have the two together again - Joana Starnes & Stevie Zimmerman - what can I say? A match made in heaven. The audiobook is bound to be enjoyed by all who will listen to it.

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  • M. Tucker
  • 11-19-20

Excellent

Loved it! Captured the "Jane Austin" language and feel of the 1800s Even the more intimate passages were delicately handled . The story flowed helped by an excellent narrator.

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  • Jennifer Jane
  • 08-30-20

Brilliant!

I just loved this book so much... but feel a little emotionally exhausted! I started this book expecting it to be full of angst, drama, misunderstandings and impossible situations which I have come to expect from this author.... so couldn't actually believe it when Elizabeth and Darcy start sorting their problems out straight away. They meet in an inn in the Lake District - Elizabeth is with the Gardiners, Darcy is injured after darling from horse riding recklessly all over the countryside due to heart break.... it's beautifully lovely and romantic... but then Joanna Starnes sticks the knife in Elizabeth's heart, then Darcy's heart and twists it!!!.... I was so devastated for both of them. So it seems things are impossible, Darcy and Elizabeth's paths cross but it seems this time he cannot forgive her and she cannot tell him the truth about what's happened to cause such a change in their relationship. What a mess!! ... of course, true love will always find a way and when it does it's just so lovely!!... but not before it looks like these two are not going to be able to find a way forward. This book should come with some kind of health warning.... it's a long book but I could not put it down!! It's just brilliant and all fans of the genre will love it - I just know it!! The narration and performance of this book is excellent - Stevie Zimmerman gives each character a distinct voice and it's always clear who is speaking.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-28-20

fabulous book

took me a long time to read this book after buying it .It was well worth waiting for. LOVED it.