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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Loving Mr Darcy by Sharon Lathan

Genre: Historical Romance

Copyright: 2009

Pages: 425

Rating 5 Crowns

Book Blurb
The Darcy Saga continues....

The tale of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet began in Jane Austen's classic novel Pride & Prejudice. Their love was granted new life and a chance to be shared in Two Shall Become One ~ Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Now the next steps of the journey can be delighted in as Journeys Beyond Pemberley resumes where the first volume ended. Darcy and Lizzy leave the comfortable confines of their honeymoon months at Pemberley for the broader world of London and other areas of England.

Adventures are experienced, friends and relatives interact, fun is the focus, and extraordinary English Regency Era sights will be explored. But anchoring and weaving within is the revealing of a love and marriage in its purest embodiment as the young lovers deepen their sacred bond.

Come now and join the Darcys on their quest to further meld as one soul amid the peaks and valleys of real life.

Review: This book is being released on September 1, 2009 and I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of it after I read and fell in love with Mr & Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One. If you are like me and love Pride and Prejudice sequels then this series should be on the top of your list - trust me!

In this book we see the couple experience many of the milestones of early marriage, including the joy of expecting their first child and Lizzy's birthday. But although Lizzy has adjusted well to her new role as Mistress of Pemberley, there are still plenty of complications. When the Darcys move to London, Lizzy must start again and in earning the respect of the staff in London, she finds an inner strength that she hasn't had before. Here are two of my favourite quotes:

Lizzy: Inwardly, she recognized a happiness and contentment that anchored her soul.

Lizzie: "What a gift you are in my life! I hope you understand that as much as I yearn for you physically, and I do every moment of every day, it is your heart and soul that have captured me. If we could no longer make love for some reason I would ache for you, but I would still love you as profoundly because you live inside my very essence." She cupped his face fiercely. "Do you know this, my husband?"

Such is the depth of Lizzy's happiness - I couldn't help but sigh when I read those words! This story also includes more of the Bingley's which I loved, especially some of the realisations Carolyn Bingley comes to, that was wickedly enjoyable. But the Darcy's also encourage the Bingley's in a way that enhances their own marriage. You'll enjoy appearances from many of the characters you loved (and loved to hate) from the original novel.

Since I was a little girl I wanted a love like the Darcy's! When you find it, you know that you have been blessed by the angels and you hang onto it with everything you have. I've always thought about the great love stories like Marc Anthony and Cleopatra, King Edward and Mrs Simpson (he gave up his crown for her love) and Darcy and Elizabeth. I am a romantic, it's no secret, I love romance stories and romance movies are my favourites, I am also lucky enough to have a great love in my life. This story touches a part of me, deep down in my soul, it captures the essence of romantic and eternal love and I think anyone who reads it will feel richly blessed by the story.

At the end of this review, I know, I haven't told you much about the story, that's because it's the second book and I don't want to give away spoilers. But I hope what I have done is convince you to read this series.

Recently publishers have said that the sales in the romance genre have increased and it is generally believed that it is because of the Global Financial Recession. People need to feel good, if you need a little romance or need some hope that true love it out there, then read this series. If you want to fall in love with Mr Darcy all over again then go and pre-order yourself a copy. Order your copy of both these books at Book Depository (free postage) or Amazon.

Here's a little about Book 3, The Darcys at Year's End

Married life is bringing out the best in the Darcys. Their mutual attentiveness brings readers into a magical world of love and wedded bliss.

Elizabeth is growing into her role as Mistress of Pemberley, and Darcy has mellowed under her gentle teasing and light-heartedness. Pemberley becomes a true home and a welcoming environment for loving family and friends. The Darcys travel to the seaside, welcome their firstborn, celebrate their anniversary and second Christmas, and at every moment embrace the love gifted to them.

"I love you, my Elizabeth. You are my soul, my blood and bone, my very life."

You can pre-order the third book in the series, The Darcys at Year's End at Amazon with it due out in December.

Royal Reviews would like to thank the lovely Sharon Lathan for spending a fun week with us as we've learned more about her 'Mr Darcy' and the wonderful books she's written. My review of Loving Mr Darcy is of an ARC I received thanks to Danielle at Sourcebooks. Thanks also to Danielle for giving us 2 sets of Sharon's books to give away.

Giveaway Alert!
If you'd like to win the second set of Sharon's books that we have to give away tell me who your favourite romantic couple is. They can be from a book or movie, they can be real or fictional. We'll tell you who the winners are for all this weeks comps are in our Sunday post.

Tomorrow for the last post in our 'Mr Darcy Week' is a review of Seducing Mr Darcy by Gwyn Cready. If you enjoyed the TV mini series Lost in Austen then you'll love this book.

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Pam said...

Favourite romantic couple....hmmm....I actually love the Kate Winslet and Jack Black characters in The Holiday...

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Margay said...

You mean, besides Elizabeth and Darcy? Jack and Kate in The Holiday are wonderful, as are Jude and Cameron. I also love Will and Elizabeth from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and how about the lovers from The Last of the Mohicans? Daniel Day Lewis with long hair, in buckskins, declaring that no matter where they take his love, he will find her - can it get any better than that?


Linda said...

Favorite romantic couple? Scarlet and Rhett, absolutely.

throuthehaze said...

Douglas and Alexandra Sherbrooke from the Sherbrooke Bride series by Catherine Coulter

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Armenia said...

Claire and Jamie Frasier from Outlander. I just love them and their timeless romance.

Michelle said...

My favorite romantic couple is from my all-time favorite romance: Ross and Juliet Carlisle from Mary Jo Putney's Silk and Secrets.


Sharon Lathan said...

Alaine, thank you a million times over! I am speechless at your wonderful review. I will definitely be sharing this with everyone!!

Be on the lookout for an email from Danielle for The Darcys at Year's End!

Anonymous said...

My hubby and I are my favourite romantic couple!

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ibeeeg said...

You have convinced me to read this series!

I fell in love with Darcy and Elizabeth last year! They are timeless.
I must say though, Jamie and Claire are my all-time favorite romantic couple. Can you guess, I am on an Outlander obsession right now. Seriously, though, Jamie and Claire endure much yet stay solid in their love, honesty and loyalty.

I look forward to reading more of the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth. I am thinking that they will be just a nudge behind Jamie and Claire.

Seli said...

What wonderful comments on Sharon's books. My husband is the most romatic man in the world LOL. So.. We are the most Romantic couple, since we met in High School many, many moons ago, besides Darcy and Elizabeth of course.

booklover1335 said...

Jamie and Claire are definitely one of my favs, but another fav couple is Judith Ivory's Edwina and Mick from The Proposition, and I can't forget to mention Amanda & Jack from Lisa Kleypas's Suddenly You. They are also one of my fav couples.

Thanks again for having Mr. Darcy week. I have really enjoyed it!!!


Julie said...

Hmmm favorite romatic couple? That would have to be Allie and Noah from The Notebook. ♥

Thanks for the great giveaway,

kimmyl said...

I have to say that my all time fave is 1. Gone with the Wind's
Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable.
The movie is still my all time fave too.

I can't wait to read more about Mr. Darcy.

Brenda said...

My first thought of a famous/favorite couple would be Mark Antony and Cleopatra.

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Carlos Antunes said...

My grandparents, obviosly!
It's 54 years of dating, of being happy, of giving hands, kissing!
They're are and always have been the most romantic couple I know!

Jennifer said...

Favourite romantic couple without a doubt: Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester!

Vee said...

Great review Alaine!
I have to say in terms of my all time favourite couple no one will ever surpass Darcy and Lizzy.
I loved his noble mien and even his aloofness which comes from his superior upbringing. And I adore the way Lizzy with all her spunk and energy knocks down those walls and gets to see the true passionate spirited Darcy! Sigh.
For me and many fans Sharon has managed to continue the story of this passion love and devotion in her brilliant novels!
There are some other couples that stick out as well mainly JA's Knightly & Emma, or even Rochester & Jane Eyre.
I like the struggle to reach a true understanding of love for another and the appreciation and depth this brings to these relationships.
Happy reading!
TSBO devotee

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Thanks for all your comments, I think I've found a couple of books to read.

Sharon thank you and I heard from Danielle earlier in the week and I can't wait! It will be here for Christmas which is just fantastic.

buddyt said...

I am surprised nobody mentions the most famous couple ever !

Come on ladies how about Romeo and Juliet !


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Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Carol, you are right there is Romeo and Juliet but I guess I always think of them as a tragedy not a romance. But they are a very famous romance couple!

bridget3420 said...

Edward and Bella are my favorite romantic couple.

Allie ~ Hist-Fic Chick said...

Hm..Marc Antony and Cleopatra come to mind (my boyfriend and I dressed up as them for Halloween this year, hehe), but I think I'll have to go with Allie and Noah from The Notebook. Such a great movie!

heatherzilla said...

Jamie and Claire from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series are my favorite couple. I can't wait for An Echo in the Bone to be released.

elnice said...

Marc and Faythe from Rachel Vincents shifter series. Great giveaway.

Thearica said...

Jamie and Claire Fraser from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series have got to be the most romantic couple of all time! Those 900 pages go like lightning when you sit down to read one of the books in the series! My husband and I both read them together in 6 months! We are "not so patiently" waiting the next book! Mrs. Gabaldon knows how to keep you coming back and begging for more!

I will also have to say...My husband and I have watched Pride and Prejudice 7 times! We never tire of watching Darcy and Lizzy!

And although I hated the ending of Cold Mountain, we cannot forget about Inman and Ada!