Review: MR. DARCY’S ANGEL OF MERCY by Mary Simonsen

Diary of an Eccentric recently read and reviewed Mr. Darcy’s Angel of Mercy by Mary Lydon Simonsen for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

Mr. Darcy’s Angel of Mercy is a sweet novella about a pair of damaged souls who need to work through some issues before they can find happiness.  Darcy and Elizabeth must move beyond their awkward first encounter at the dance that brings Jane and Charles together, and then they must overcome suppressed memories and unrealistic expectations.  Simonsen shows how their wartime experiences give them a better understanding of one another and how even though Elizabeth is close to her sister, there is a distance between them because of what Elizabeth saw and what Jane didn’t.

Read the full review.


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Reviews: SEARCHING FOR PEMBERLEY by Mary Lydon Simonsen

Serena and I were thrilled to have read Searching for Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen because it merges WWII history and Jane Austen.

In her review on Savvy Verse & Wit, Serena says:

Readers who have read Austen’s novel once or more than a dozen times will recognize echoes of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in the Crowells and may even find parts of the mystery obvious.  However, this story is more than a look at where Austen may have found inspiration, it is about a nation (England) and its people in the midst of rebuilding after the devastation of the German blitzkrieg and World War II.  There also a healthy dose of romance between Maggie and two beaus that add to the tension.

Check out her interview with Mary Lydon Simonsen here.

Here’s an excerpt of my review on Diary of an Eccentric:

Simonsen writes from the first person viewpoint of Maggie, but her use of storytelling is what makes the narrative shine.  Whether the story being told is about the Laceys, the Crowell’s love affair, or the hardships experienced during the Great War and World War II, it feels as though you are sitting by the fire listening to an old friend chat.

And you can read my interview with Mary Lydon Simonsen here.

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