Monday, February 10, 2014

Tree of Life: Charlotte and the Colonel by Ginger Monette ~ Review & GIVEAWAY!

Tree of Life ~ Charlotte & the Colonel by Ginger Monette 

Publication Date: December 30, 2013 
Publisher: Ginger Monette 
Pages: 366 
Received: e-copy from author 
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

"Would loving him always be bittersweet?"


I was truly surprised about how much I enjoyed reading Tree of Life ~ Charlotte and the Colonel. I had no idea what to expect. There are a few changes in this Pride and Prejudice companion story (or continuation) from the original, but mostly only with Charlotte and the Colonel. 

In this, the Colonel and Charlotte knew each other as children. Charlotte’s aunt had married well and was a neighbor and close friend of Lady Matlock, the Colonel’s mother. Charlotte would visit her aunt during the summers, and often the two families would be in each other's company. Charlotte and the Colonel grew to love each other, but as the Colonel needed to marry someone with a large dowry, he knew he could not marry Charlotte. Sadly, he tells her so and encourages her to finds someone else to marry and have the family she wants to have. Eventually, Charlotte does marry. She sees an opportunity to escape spinsterhood and marries Mr. Collins. A decision she would regret. 

We go with the Colonel into battle on the Southern Coast of France and again at Waterloo. During one fight, the Colonel is seriously burned in a cannon explosion. Fortunately, there is a good surgeon aboard the ship taking him home. Dr. Scott, who has just come into an inheritance, is retiring from the army and is on his way to London. The Colonel invites Dr. Scott to stay with him while he is in London.  Although the Colonel’s body heals, mentally he spirals into despair. Darcy (yes, Elizabeth and Darcy are in some of the story) and Dr. Scott admonish him, but it’s Scott’s words “sometimes I pray” that turns his life around. Scott and the Colonel become good friends.

Anne de Bourgh is in this story quite a bit. She has learned to trust and focus on God. She and Charlotte become friends. I really liked getting to know this Anne. She’s in the novel quite a bit with a wonderful story of her own. Could there be love in Anne's future? 

I found Tree of Life a lovely story about being content in your life and waiting for God’s timing in all things. Anne is content with her life at Rosing and finds peace in forgiving her mother. On the other hand, Charlotte wasn’t content with being a spinster, and rushed into marriage with Mr. Collins. 

I also liked how the story touched on honoring your parents. When the Colonel went to his father to ask for his blessing on marrying a woman that would bring nothing to the marriage. His father said no. Now, the Colonel could have married her anyway, but he decided to honor his father’s wishes and wait for God’s timing. 

I really liked Tree of Life. It’s a story of faith and enduring love.

Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of the book for my honest review.

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Tree of Life ~ Charlotte & the Colonel
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  1. Thank you for the review. I have been wondering about this one. Sounds like it is worth the read. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Hi SChilds! You're welcome! Yes, it is! I hope you get a chance to read it soon!

  2. Hi Candy! I hadn't heard of this book until I saw it mentioned on here a while ago. I haven't read a historical with a Charlotte/Col Fitz back story. I read one where they start a flirtation of sorts after her marriage which I wasn't keen on, but this sounds much more in keeping with honourable behaviour in the period. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity :)

    1. Hi Ceri! Yeah, I think I know which story you're talking about. I don't like that sort of thing either. Yes, I think this one does keep more with the behavior of the period, but you are better at catching stuff like that than me. I hope you get a chance to read it soon! I would love to hear what you think!

  3. This is the first time I have come across a romance between Charlotte and the Colonel, thanks so much for the chance to win a ebook

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    1. Hi Vesper! I can't recall reading a story with a romance between Charlotte and the Colonel either! Thanks for entering!

  4. Inspirational romance based on characters from P&P are quite rare. The only ones I know which are published are Robin Helm's The Guardian trilogy. I hope to read this book.

    1. Hi Sylvia! Right now, I can't think of any others either. I loved Robin's books too! I hope you get a chance to read this one soon!

  5. Col. Fitz is my favorite P&P character so I perked right up when I saw this story. I like the idea of the way this story plays out and how God factors into the course of their lives. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Sophia Rose! The Colonel is one of my favorite characters too! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. This sounds very good. The dear Colonel is one of my favorites and I love it when he has lots of page time. Having the characters waiting for God's timing is an excellent spiritual theme and I look forward to reading this one.

    Thanks the great review, Candy, and for the giveaway opportunity.

    1. Hi Janet! Yes, and he gets a whole book! :D Waiting for God's timing is hard to do. We don't want to wait, and we want to be in control, don't we?! ;)

  7. I have a special place in my heart for Colonel Fitzwilliam and love getting my hands on stories that bring out his character. Thank you for the giveaway.

    1. Hi Becky! Me too! I enjoyed the battle scenes the Colonel is in too. Usually, we don't see those.

  8. Thanks for the lovely review Candy; I love the concept of this book! I am excited to read all about Charlotte and Colonel Fitzwilliam. The Colonel is such an interesting person and I love reading about him.



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