Read The Journey Home by Karen M. Cox Online

the-journey-home

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. Her brother, William, welcomed her with open arms and helped her back on her feet. But home is more than a place—it’s a state of mind, and Georgiana has a journey of theGeorgiana 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. Her brother, William, welcomed her with open arms and helped her back on her feet. But home is more 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 1932, 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....

Title : The Journey Home
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780999100004
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 107 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

The Journey Home Reviews

  • Sophia
    2018-10-22 07:38

    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.

  • Sheila Majczan
    2018-10-14 14:15

    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.

  • Ceri
    2018-09-27 07:25

    ‘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 is different is Georgiana, William’s sister. In P&P 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 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 bit more 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 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 him:‘He 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 see more 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 scenes.I very much enjoyed reading this book but I felt that I would have liked to have had a bit more 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 more 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.

  • Beau North
    2018-10-22 07:29

    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 more, 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.

  • Ceri
    2018-10-10 10:35

    Review to follow.

  • Debbie Brown
    2018-10-08 06:45

    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 P&P, 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 us more 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 more insight 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 be more independent.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 P&P 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.

  • Mary
    2018-10-02 11:37

    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!

  • Christina
    2018-10-14 11:41

    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!

  • Carole (in Canada)
    2018-10-08 12:21

    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 him...well it is just beautiful.I highly recommend this novella, and if you want to know more 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 more.

  • Sheila Majczan
    2018-10-20 12:25

    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.

  • Elizabeth Bennet
    2018-10-06 10:23

    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 more 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 equipment." 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 more depth to the story. I would have liked to see more 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!

  • Sara
    2018-10-09 13:21

    Sweet side story to 1932 that focuses on Georgiana. Loved it.

  • Mary Ann
    2018-10-05 12:35

    I think the idea of the plot was an excellent idea however, I thought it lacked in content. I felt parts of the plot jumped too, too fast. For example, Georgianna was in a hovel with two small children, no food to eat for days and didn't know how she would breast feed her daughter and didn't know what to do. The next thing in the plot she was at Pemberley. How did she get there, no money, two children, how far was she from her brother???? Missing parts of the plot.Also, another missing part, Maggie notices Darcy watching Elizabeth in church and next thing they are married. What?I am used to a great novel that I would give 5 stars to have depth, and a great flowing novel. This one lacked most of it. Perhaps a revision with more depth would make it a great novel since the characters were realistic, the setting in 1932 depression Kentucky of a farming community would be a great start.

  • Lynn
    2018-10-18 07:32

    Excellent SidequelThis is an excellent telling of Georgiana Darcy's story which happened in the novel 1932. It explains her past and romance, without having to read 1932, however if you have read 1932, it enhances the novel. Not to be missed especially if you enjoyed 1932.

  • Susan
    2018-09-25 09:16

    From the 1932 book we now have Georgiana Darcy and Sheriff Fitzwilliam's tale. A lovely written novella which I really enjoyed. It is not necessary to have read 1932 but it does add to the enjoyment.

  • Karen Cox
    2018-09-21 07:39