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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Dearest Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

Title: My Dearest Mr. Darcy
Author: Sharon Lathan
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publications Date: January 2010
Paperback: 352 Pages
ISBN: 9781402217425
Genre: Fiction/Historical/Romance
Ratings 4.5 Crowns

My Review:

Sharon Lathan takes up where Jane Austen left off and regales the reader with her third novel in The Darcy Saga. My Dearest Mr. Darcy is a brilliantly woven tale picking up were Pride and Prejudice left off, almost a year into the marriage of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. All the characters are present, those loveable and not so loveable, making the Darcy's first two years of marriage an intriguing affair. This novel stands quite well on its own merits, as I have not read the previous two Lathan novels, however a knowledge of Pride and Prejudice is required to understand the subtle undercurrents of the numerous relationships. The novel centers on the upcoming birth of the Darcy's first child adding in some delightful exploits and a few unexpected twists. Most noted is the deep-seated adoration and unflinching love Mr. Darcy and Lizzy have for each other. While the moments are touching I found the more subtle romance of Jane Austen's novel to be more comfortable for me. Placing my prejudices aside, Lathan's novel is exquisitely told with a brilliant flourish of language and so rich in detail, that one would be hard pressed to set this novel down. My Dear Mr. Darcy makes for a fabulous afternoon of reading.

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The Lovely Reader said...

Mr Darcy? *swoons* I wanted to let you know that I have an award for you at my blog :)

Cat said...

Now that I've read one spinoff maybe I'll try another. You make this one sound worth reading. :-)