Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Jakki's Review and Giveaway - P. O. Dixon's He Taught Me To Hope


From the Publisher: What if Elizabeth is promised to another when she meets Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the one man who captures her heart and imagination like no other? As dire as their chance for "happily ever after" seems, there is a measure of hope by way of a strong and enduring bond between them ...

Fitzwilliam Darcy has been many things, angel, werewolf, rock star, and cowboy, but King Arthur? Yes! King Arthur! P.O. Dixon's He Taught Me To Hope is a new spin on a most beloved story. And it works! Because knights were noble men of courage, honor, and dignity, they had to be true to their word, and none of these areas finds Darcy lacking.

I love storytelling. I love being transported to another place and time by the vivid pictures the storyteller’s words create. In He Taught Me to Hope, I felt as if I was like listening to a fabulous tale where the handsome and charming knight comes to the rescue of his lady love.

At seventeen, having gone against her father’s wishes, Elizabeth Bennet married her first love, Mr. Randall Carlton. Finding herself both widowed and with child within her first year of marriage, Elizabeth returns home, but her return is conditional: she must fulfill her familial duty by marrying Mr. Geoffrey Collins, her cousin to whom Longbourn is entailed. Our fair lady does what she must in order to secure a better future for her son.

Five-year old Ben Carlton, who possesses an eager imagination, pictures himself as Sir Lancelot, a true knight embarking on a quest to defend a lady’s honor and to rescue her from danger. On his quest, he encounters Mr. Darcy. Immediately taken by the young boy, Darcy decides to play along, assuming the role of King Arthur. It is then that Sir Lancelot explains to King Arthur that they must plan their defense against the evil Meleagant (Mr. Collins).

Seeing Elizabeth for the first time, Darcy is lost in her “fine eyes” and wonders where he has seen them before. Learning Elizabeth is engaged to Mr. Geoffrey Collins, Darcy decides that Guinevere (Elizabeth) is well worth the fight and embarks upon the quest of winning her hand and defeating Meleagant. However, Mr. Collins is not the only dragon KingArthur/Darcy needs to slay; Anne de Bourgh refuses to give up Darcy without a fight, telling him it’s not over until she says it’s over.

From the first to the last page, I did not want to put down this book. The plot had just the right pacing and the perfect balance of humor, tension, and hot, but chaste, passion to keep the reader captivated. The first time Darcy and Elizabeth look into each other’s eyes, a spark is ignited and the heat between the two became palpable.

As with many Pride and Prejudice variations, the author used her creative license and used it well. Georgiana is a bit more outgoing, Darcy is less haughty and disagreeable, and Mr. Bennet does not favor Lizzy and is harsher in his discipline. Jane, who was less forgiving than Austen’s, was the only character whose outcome I was less than pleased with as I would have liked more explanation for some of the choices she made.

One does not need to know or love the Arthurian legends to enjoy this story. For those who love Darcy and Elizabeth, the parallels are unique and well-delivered. It’s an enchanting HEA! I will be reading it again, and soon.

Giveaway: P.O. Dixon is giving away one paperback copy of He Taught Me To Hope to U.S. residents. For non U.S. residents, P.O. Dixon is giving away one e-book. In order to enter, please leave a comment. The deadline is April 1. The winners will be announced on April 2. Please be sure to leave an e-mail address so we may contact the winners. No e-mail address, no can win.

He Taught Me To Hope:
Available on Barnes and Noble
Available on Amazon

P.O. Dixon's blogsite: http://podixon.blogspot.com
Pinterest page is http://pinterest.com/podixon/

Note from Mary: Jakki Leatherberry chooses the titles she reviews. The opinions expressed are exclusively her own.

60 comments:

  1. Wow! The book sounds delightfully enchanting and I'd love to have the chance to read it :-)) Thank you for your review and the giveaway!

    faridamestek@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey, Farida! It was enchanting! I hope you get a chance to read it and enjoy it! I thought it was a wonderful book! :)

      Delete
    2. Thanks Farida! I hope you will agree with Jakki, once you have a chance to read He Taught Me to Hope.

      Delete
  2. Thanks for the review! I've been wondering about this book for some time; would love to win a copy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sheila, I too had been wondering about it and I am so glad I gave it a chance! :)

      Delete
    2. Thanks Sheila. I am glad He Taught Me to Hope has sparked your interest. I hope you will have a chance to read it, and I really hope you enjoy.

      Delete
  3. this is not what i thought when i read the title, how fascinating! ssandmoen@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Shanna! Yes, I too thought it was going to be something different than what it was. I thought it would have taken place centuries prior. I enjoyed the way Dixon weaved the two tales together in such a unique way. I am so glad I gave this book a chance! :) Hope you enjoy it too! :)

      Delete
    2. The title "He Taught Me to Hope" opens the mind to lots of different paths. ;~)

      'He' in this case, is one very precocious lad.

      Thanks Jakki for the compliment on the weaving of the two tales, and thanks Shanna for commenting for a chance to win. Enjoy!

      Delete
  4. I love the Arthurian aspect of this story! Again P&P is taken in another creative direction! Very cool! Fantastic review! Ooh, I would love to win a copy of this book! Thank you!

    canapple7(at)cox(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Candy! Isn't it fun to see what new spins authors put on D&E's story?
      I think you will enjoy this book!

      Delete
    2. Thank you, Candy! I hope you will enjoy the combining of bits of Arthurian legend with Pride and Prejudice.

      Delete
  5. I really love this story. Sign me up for the book giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for stopping by Robin! I have to agree; I love this story too! :)

      Delete
    2. Hi Robin,

      I thank you for stopping by, as well. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Your review on Amazon is wonderful.

      Thanks for all that you do!

      Delete
  6. This is a delightful story and you cannot help but fall in love with little Ben!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ami, Oh, isn't Ben the sweetest boy? :) One truly does fall in love with him!

      Delete
    2. Thanks, Ami. I love hearing that young Ben has earned a place in the heart of everyone who has read the story.

      Delete
  7. King Arthur + Mr Darcy?!? = Incredible!

    miss.claire@hotmail.it
    (Italy)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Miss Claire,

      Italy?! Wow! Good luck with the giveaway! :) I hope you find the book incredible when you read it! :)

      Delete
    2. My sentiments exactly! Thanks, Miss Claire.

      Delete
  8. This is definately going to be an excellent read! Intriguing to say the least! Sign me up!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Annette! I hope you enjoy the book! :)

      Delete
    2. Thanks, Annette. I hope you will find the story delightfully entertaining.

      Delete
  9. Perfect review so to speak! I want to read this book, so badly! This sounds like a true fairy tale with Lancelot, King Arthur and Genevieve! I have only one critic thing to say, No offense Mary Simonsen but who the heck do Mr. Bennet think he is to make conditions for his own daughter to return home?!
    But Fairy tales are the best in the world! Especially when Darcy and Elizabeth are involved in them!

    This sounds like an intriguing read to say the least! Sign me up!
    sophiathorsen1(a)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Sophia - Elizabeth,

      I must take the credit (or blame) for portraying poor Mr. Bennet as such an ornery character in this tale. ;~)

      He and his 'favorite' daughter remain at odds throughout most of the story. :-(

      I hope you enjoy reading He Taught Me to Hope!

      Delete
    2. Hey Sophia-Elizabeth! I hope enjoy this book and find it as enchanting as I did! :)

      Delete
  10. Thanks so much, Jakki, for writing such an entertaining and insightful review of "He Taught Me to Hope." I am glad you enjoyed it, and I am honored by your compliments on the story's twists and turns.

    I love Darcy and Elizabeth HEA stories, and I am always delighted when this one is also described as enchanting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was my pleasure, I assure you, to read and review this book! :) Thanks for writing great novels! :)

      Delete
  11. This sounds so good, I hope I can read it soon! Darcy does have all those great qualities of a knight, doesn't he? Except he's used to kinda being in charge, so he's a King as well. I could see Mr B being upset and bitter with Lizzy if she went against his wishes.

    Great review as always. I'd love to win a copy.

    monicaperry00 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Excellent! Darcy as King Arthur in pursuit of his Guinevere.

      Thanks so much, Monica. I hope you enjoy the story.

      Delete
    2. Lovely to see you here, Monica! It was such a delightful book. It was interesting to see Mr. B portrayed this way. I find it refreshing when parts of P&P are depicted in a different way. It just goes to show all the different possibilities! :)

      Delete
  12. Love, love, love this story. But then you know that, POD. It's such a tender story of love and patience. It's serious and fanciful at the same time.

    In fact, I'm putting in a request for a sequel. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for stopping by Gayle! :)

      Delete
    2. Thanks Gayle! A sequel sounds nice ;~)

      BTW: I have pinned the pic of little 'Bencelot' on my HTMTH Pinterest Board. Thanks for the inspiration!

      Delete
  13. The book sounds really intriguing--I'd love to win! araminta18 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Araminta, I hope you have a chance to read the book and enjoy it! :)

      Delete
  14. This is quite a twist of events for Elizabeth. Very interesting! Please count me in for the giveaway (Canada) thanks!

    Margaret
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Margaret! Yes, it was in interesting and unique tale. Good luck with the giveaway! :)

      Delete
  15. Looks yummy! P&P and a little Arthur?! Love it!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Laura Hartness
    CalicoCritic at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for entering, Laura! IMHO Darcy is always yummy! ;)

      Delete
  16. I don't think love can really express my feelings for Elizabeth & Darcy! And this does put a twist on things. I would love to read this! Anything and everything with Elizabeth and Darcy just interest me. Your book sounds wonderful!

    Krista U.S.
    bookreviewclub@yahoo.com

    Thanks so much!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi KrIsta! Thanks for stopping by! I agree! Anything with Darcy & Elizabeth is usually piques my interest! :) Hope you enjoy the book!

      Delete
  17. This sounds so good. I have it on my wish list at Amazon. I had read some about it there (through the Look Inside and the author's summary) and liked what I read. This review just makes me want it more. Good review, Jakki.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    jbtaylor12@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for commenting & entering the giveaway, JT! I hope you get your hands on a copy & it lives up to your expectations! :)

      Delete
  18. I think P.O.Dixon has a hit on her hands. It sounds like this story is striking a chord. I'm intrigued.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw, thanks for commenting Mary! And thanks SO much for posting my review! The book was much better than I originally thought it would be! I loved it! :)

      Delete
  19. I loved your review. What a novel concept. I don't think I would have ever imagined it. It sounds great and I'd love to read it. Please enter me for the giveaway.
    schafsue at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Suzan! I know! I would never have imagined combining the two, but it works! I think authors are so creative!

      Delete
  20. what I loved most about this wonderful story was the way little Ben reacted to Darcy when he first saw him, he just knew Darcy had to be a royal knight. And the way that he touched Darcy's heart and immediately brought out the very best of that good man's care and protection was wonderful. Their relationship was great 'feel good' reading from beginning to end.

    I'd love to win this book to have one to pass around so even more people get chance to read it.

    p.s. Great review Jakki! btw - meeting with Amber this week to finalize designs before printing ...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey, Jan! So nice to see you stop by! I agree, I love the way Darcy and Ben take to each other! So sweet! :)

      Delete
  21. ok, this just may be the book that tips my TBR piles....yes, i have multiple TBR piles!!!
    thank you for this giveaway!!!!
    can't wait to read this!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Multiple piles, Cyn209? I'm curious as to what they are! Hope you enjoy the book! :)

      Delete
  22. Jakki, it's great to see all the response to your review and the book giveaway!

    Thanks Araminta, Margaret, Laura, Krista, JT, Mary, Suzan, GranJan, and cyn209 for your delightful comments!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Wow, what a nice review - I'm in! And the book sounds like a really interesting spin on JA fanfiction. Thanks for sharing.

    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, bas1chs! I thought it was a great take on JAFF! Hope you will agree! :)

      Delete
  24. Another lovely review Jakki! This book sounds wonderful! I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!!=)
    kellik115@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey, Kelli! Thanks! You're so sweet! I hope you can read it soon and do enjoy it! I thought it was so delightful! :)

      Delete
  25. That's it - I'm getting this today!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Angie, I think you will enjoy it! I can't wait to hear your thoughts! :) You are on a P.O. Dixon kick right now! ;)

      Delete