Agony & Hope by L.L.Diamond

Hello all! I am proud to welcome Leslie Diamond to the desk of Interests of a Jane Austen Girl, I was so very privileged to be gifted a copy of her lastest book, “Agony and Hope” it took me a little to get started on the book, but once I was in it, it went quickly through the plot, and my oh my did I get the shock of my life with one line, “Elizabeth Bennet is dead.” I think my jaw and heart dropped with that one line! Without further ado, I will go straight to my review before any of you die of annoyance.


“I have endured the deepest agony, only to be shown a hope so bright I cannot but yearn for it.”

Fitzwilliam Darcy is mourning the love he lost—a love that was never allowed to bloom. What will become of him when Georgiana is wed, and he is left by himself? He cannot give away a heart not his own. Must he remain in this mournful existence, anticipating the nights to come, where in his dreams, he can finally be with Elizabeth, a spectre of his once living, breathing beloved. When a surprise visitor brings unexpected news, his hope is breathed back to life. Will he finally obtain his deepest desires? Will Fitzwilliam Darcy be able to leave behind the agony of the past and hope for the future he once thought impossible?

Due to circumstances beyond her control, Elizabeth Bennet’s family is irrevocably altered. Her father is dead, Lydia is missing, and her mother and remaining sisters are to be relegated to a life of poverty. Fitzwilliam Darcy’s behaviour at Pemberley indicates he still loves her, but too much has happened. She can never hope for him to once again make the offer of his hand. Elizabeth’s sole option is to abandon the life she once led and start anew. But what happens when her path once again crosses with the love she thought lost to her? Will Elizabeth choose to protect him with the one option available to her or will she put aside the agony of the past and choose hope?


Another new book lay ready on my desk, and my oh my was I shocked beyond comprehension with just one line, “Elizabeth Bennet is dead.” I think my jaw dropped right there and then! But thinking of how Leslie writes in her earlier works, something more had to lay beneath this shocking statement! Poor Darcy and his broken heart!
But not long after, a thin and ragged Jane Bennet turns up at Darcy House. Jane reveals that Elizabeth is sick and therefore alive!! I nearly screamed out loud in delight!

I was nearly sick while reading at where the two eldest Bennet girls had lived in St. Giles, which at this time in the Regency is one of the worst neighbourhoods in London! And the image of Elizabeth being ill, thin and ragged nearly broke my and Darcy’s heart at that point! Many heartbreaking scenes went past, where I was nearly in tears.

Leslie’s way of writing Darcy, Georgiana, Jane and Elizabeth were heartfelt, so well written, they became real, and it felt like I was in the rooms, gardens and estates along with them. The heartfelt scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth were SO sweet and romantic, and the more mature Georgiana was a pleasure to get to know. I was though a little surprised at the Persuasion reference, “I never considered you had loved longer and when all hope had been lost. If I had allowed myself to truly acknowledge your pain, I never would have survived. I would have had no will to go on.” see what I mean? That is Persuasion through and through!

One other point I HAVE to comment on is the proposal, gosh it was beautiful, and there is no hint of the toe-curling proposal from Darcy, but just sweetness and happiness, since both Elizabeth and Darcy is so ready to belong to each other at this point! I had to use my handkerchief during that scene. It was perfect!

But soon after, the trio travels to Derbyshire, to a small estate called Drayton, and the emotional stress at this point was nearly unbearable! I was so hopeful for a HEA, and yet there was a bit left of the book. But if I am to wager, I will guess that Leslie will give us a most satisfying HEA for the ending – and I was right. I am already looking forward to her next book.


Remember to leave your emails so I can reach you if you win so Leslie can send you the audiobook code for either US/UK


L. L. Diamond is more commonly known as Leslie to her friends, and Mom to her three kids. A native of Louisiana, she has spent the majority of her life living within an hour of New Orleans until she vowed to follow her husband to the ends of the earth as a military wife. Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, England, and now Missouri have all been called home along the way.

Aside from mother and writer, Leslie considers herself a perpetual student. She has degrees in biology and studio art, but will devour any subject of interest simply for the knowledge. As an artist, her concentration is in graphic design, but watercolor is her medium of choice with one of her watercolors featured on the cover of her second book, A Matter of Chance. She also plays flute and piano, but much like Elizabeth Bennet, she is always in need of practice!

8 thoughts on “Agony & Hope by L.L.Diamond

  1. It’s such a fabulous story isn’t it? I nearly broke my own heart reading of Darcy’s devastation! Such an emotional story throughout! Thankfully Richard was nothing like his father and there were some other great characters (and some not so great!)
    I absolutely loved it and have already read it twice. Please don’t include me in the giveaway as I don’t have audiobooks.

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  2. Wow that was such a review. I felt it. loved the thought of Persuasion here. Thank you for the review and the giveaway. (


  3. That was a fantastic review! You really “get” the book! I love this book. Please don’t include me in the the draw as I don’t do audiobooks, so let someone who wants it win. Best of luck!


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