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Sharon Lathan, Novelist
Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Volume One of the Darcy Saga. Moderate adult themes, not erotica.
Beginning on their wedding day, Darcy and Elizabeth are two people who are deeply in love with one another and are excited to begin their marriage.
Their courtship was tempestuous; misunderstandings and misgivings nearly tore them apart. But now that they’ve seen each other without prejudice, their trust, attraction, and delight in each other grows with every passing day. Both are inexperienced and innocent, sharing moments of shyness and boldness as they discover the kinds of intimacies that a newlywed couple shares.
As their love story unfolds, they reveal their innermost secrets and feelings, embracing each other in a marriage filled with romance, passion, humor, and drama that will keep you spellbound.
The first installment to the Darcy Saga begins on the wedding night of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy. The novel proceeds leisurely through the first five months of marriage. There are a number of flashback moments to events during their engagement, but mostly these first months are covered in great detail as the two lovers grow in their love and cement their bond. This is the honeymoon phase to be sure, and the tone of the book is very romantic and blatantly mushy as I would hope most newly married couples would be! Along the way LizzyPemberley estate management and meets many of the citizens of Derbyshire. Christmas is celebrated with a houseful of guests, winter months are passed with a host of fun times including a Twelfth Night Masquerade Ball, and as spring thaws come the Darcys are faced with their first serious trauma and the possibility of a new life on the way. It ends with a romantic interlude on Pemberley grounds that includes the revelation of the hours immediately following Darcy’s successful second proposal as the new couple take their initial steps in discovering the deep passion and frank communication that hallmark their relationship.
Romance Reader at Heart
This new Austen sequel is heavy on the romantic overtones! It is a look into the first few months after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet get married. Of course, they are deeply in love with one another, and Sharon Lathan has given readers a very affectionate and devoted couple. They have their trials and tribulations, but their love and relationship continues to grow. Many of Austen’s other beloved characters make appearances, adding to this sweet new tale of everyone’s favorite couple!
Jane Austen fans the world over wonder what happened to her delightful characters after her stories ended. It’s a natural thing to want to know more about characters who are as well-loved as hers are. For example… have you ever wondered just what happened between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth after Pride and Prejudice closed? I know I have. MR. & MRS. FITZWILLIAM DARCY shows just what may have happened. Sharon Lathan’s continuation of the famous novel is an interesting peek into the life of the couple. Highly entertaining, this story gives readers a bit more time with the Darcys.
The story opens just after the wedding, with Mr. Darcy being grateful their engagement has ended and their marriage is finally behind them. He looks over at his sleeping wife and the reader feels, right from the first page, the depth of his emotional attachment. This is, undoubtedly, a love story. the reader sees firsthand what marriage in the early 1800s entails; what obligations and duties fall to the partners and what sort of social constraints put each in his or her own place. This is a story of passion, but also of friendship. While the Darcys are definitely madly in love, they also share an openness that is enchanting. I still smile when I recall Lizzy’s appraisal of her husband in their bedchamber. She is, of course, appreciative of all his attributes but comments on his “nice” feet. So sweet and innocent, and makes the point that Lizzy was an inexperienced young woman learning how to love her new husband.
I raced through this book. I felt fully immersed in the time period, thanks to the author’s attention to detail. It is a real credit to Ms. Lathan that her storytelling style is in keeping with the author of work that inspired this novel. Well done!
The Romance Studio
There is no question how much Fitzwilliam Darcy loves Elizabeth, whom he refers to as Lizzy. The past eight weeks of the engagement had held wonderful memories that had been most delightful. Now Lizzy was his wife, and no man could be happier than William. Elizabeth simply loves how William’s eyes glow when he speaks of his family. As their love connects them closer with every passing day, William is driven wild with desire for his beloved. She is bewitching, and their honeymoon proves just how deep their love extends now. He has no idea how he survived all those years without his sweet Lizzy. She is spirited and vibrant and William wants to learn so much more with her. With his magic hands, Lizzy is captivated with his touch and his mere presence. Their love is something to be cherished for the rest of their lives. With the couple being inexperienced as young lovers, can they find the right equation to make their desires even more fulfilling?
Mr. and Mrs. Darcy is a romance that transcends through time. Elizabeth and William’s passion, as they explore their honeymoon, is wonderfully written. The reader gets an idea of how deep their love excels. Sharon Lathan permits the true feelings of Elizabeth and William to illustrate their most tender emotions and hidden desires toward the other. I liked the way their romance buds for the other. Their emotions swim through each page, allowing this reader to visualize their sensations. It was almost as if they could read each others thoughts and act upon them. With simmering ardor for the other, the characters are solid, passionate, and convincing; permitting this reader to believe their honeymoon is not only just the beginning but a lifetime of love that will never turn cold.
Sharon Lathan has created a warm and romantic world for the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Their love soars to dizzying heights of joy as they truly get to know each other. Elizabeth faces some daunting tasks– getting to know the aristocratic neighbors; dealing with the nasty Lady Catherine, Darcy’s aunt; and the return home of Darcy’s sister Georgiana.Nothing seems to dampen their ardent love for one another, until a Twelfth Night Ball and Masque given by the Coles. Will the neighborhood accept her as Mistress of Pemberley? How many of the young women present had nursed a hope that they might one day become his bride? Will she be able to win them over? Unfortunately Elizabeth is seated next to the Marquis of Orman, a man who has long resented Darcy. Orman’s relentless pursuit of Elizabeth, discovering her while on a walk on Pemberley grounds, endangers both their lives and their future together. Flashbacks fill in the details of their memories of the proposal, engagement, and wedding.
This lovely novel of what comes after the end of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice creates a possible world at Pemberley for Darcy and Elizabeth. If you like Austen you will enjoy this sensual and heartfelt exploration of the Darcy’s newly married life together. Armchair Interviews agrees.
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