Time is running out for Miss Elizabeth Elliot. She must find a husband soon, for her father’s plan of retrenchment — and his health — are failing. She is left to choose between Sir Henry, a worn out man of fashion whose invalid wife is not quite dead, and wealthy, tiresome Mr. Rushworth.
But when a wondrous invitation arrives, Elizabeth throws caution to the wind. Alone in a moonlight garden, she encounters Admiral Patrick McGillvary, who is as disastrously handsome as he is opinionated.
As Elizabeth will discover, the course of love is anything but smooth.
“This lovely Regency romp is a continuation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, featuring as heroine Elizabeth Elliot, Anne’s older sister. The coldhearted beauty, full of nothing but social ambition, is in a desperate situation. I am very fond of redeemed rogue stories – in this book, there is a heroine waiting to be redeemed. This is only volume 1 of the story, but I have already come to root for her, and look forward to see her complete transformation into an admirable character.”
“The author remained true to the spirit of Austen’s Persuasion and didn’t try to make Elizabeth anything other than what she was- nor any of the other familiar characters. Her thoughts, experiences, failures, feelings, hidden strength and character, and a little growth were a compelling read.. I was enthralled with the emergence of the author’s original and fantastic hero, Patrick McGillvary. Austen fans who want a little something more once they’ve devoured or revisited Persuasion will find this one the perfect fit.”
Twelve-thousand a year and an extensive estate can gild a sow’s ear, or so Elizabeth Elliot has always supposed. But now that she’s fallen for the dashing Patrick Gill, Elizabeth is almost ready to give up pursuing Mr. Rushworth’s fortune.
And yet, painfully aware of her bruised pride and vulnerable heart, Elizabeth can only despise herself for loving so common a man. It has never occurred to her that darling Mr. Gill guards a secret of his own—and that he just might be responsible for her father’s disappearance.
“The books are reminiscent of Jane Austen’s, and are a good read, even if you aren’t an Austen fan. Her characters think and act like early 19th century English gentry, not like 20th or 21st century people in costume.”
“With so many twists and turns, this is a fun, humorous read.”
The flaunting of society’s rules had gone too far. As news of Elizabeth Elliot’s broken engagement becomes known, the storm of social disapproval descends. She is left to wonder how she, with every claim to birth and beauty, has made such a muddle of her life. Even worse, why has dear Mr. Gill suddenly become so distant?
Patrick Gill has dropped many a hint that he is not the lowly clerk he has pretended to be, but Elizabeth Elliot ill have none of it. His playful jest has gone too far, for him as well as for her. But her father has fled from his creditors, leaving her in disgrace. Now “Mr. Gill” must force a meeting between Elizabeth and the man he truly is—Admiral McGillvary, a man she claims to despise.
“If you wish Jane Austin would have written more, I think you’ll have fun with this series. I appreciate the character development. I appreciate the very real barriers (and the silly contrived ones) that had to be overcome to get to the happily ever after.”
“Hile’s absolute understanding of Austen’s masterpiece, respectful interpretation of original characters, strong plots and subplots, I can only imagine, dear Jane could not but regard this series the ultimate compliment to her Persuasion.”
Author Note: Mercy’s Embrace is immersive, escapist fiction — and because of length (almost 1000 pages) is divided into three volumes. This means the love story is not resolved at the end of book one, so please be advised.