October 10, 2009
Review of "Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy" by Sharon Lathan
It's Darcy and Elizabeth's wedding day, and the journey is just beginning as Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice characters embark on the greatest adventure of all: marriage and a life together filled with surprising passion, tender self-discovery, and the simple joys of every day.
As their love story unfolds in this most romantic of Jane Austen sequels, Darcy and Elizabeth reveal to each other how their relationship blossomed. From misunderstanding to perfect understanding and harmony, theirs is a marriage filled with romance, sensuality, and the beauty of a deep, abiding love.
If I could use only one word to describe Sharon Lathan’s Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, it would be “romantic”. Ms. Lathan goes where many other Austenites have gone in the continuation of the timeless story about Lizzy and Darcy and does a commendable job.
The book picks up from their autumn wedding – and minus a few flashbacks to their engagement period - - traces Darcy and Lizzy’s first six months of marriage. Their wedding night is handled in slightly Harlequinesque terms - - nothing too sickly sweet or pornographic - - and their ensuing intimate moments are chronicled. This may be my biggest gripe about this book - - despite my intense love for Darcy and Lizzy, the continued sex scenes did get a bit repetitive and I was anxious for Darcy and Lizzy to do something, embark on something, besides sexual activity.
On the positive side, I thoroughly enjoyed Lizzy’s introduction at Pemberley and learning the ropes about becoming mistress of an estate of Pemberley’s size and reputation. Of particular fun was Lizzy’s first official shopping trip as Mrs. Darcy and her realization that the fancy dresses and jewels were to become a regular, constant aspect to her daily life.
I quickly became drawn into Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy and despite a bit of a lag in the middle section of the book, was glad that the second book of the trilogy was awaiting my completion of this book.
As an added bonus for Pride & Prejudice fans, Charles and Jane Bingley, as well as the Bennet family, Georgiana Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam make appearances.
If you’re looking for a book equal to Jane Austen’s original classic, you won’t find it here. Nor will you find a book chock full of action or mystery. You will, however, find one that is full of soft romance, tenderness and a gentle adventurousness that will make any Pride & Prejudice fan smile.