Yes, that’s right. It’s the first day of the challenge and I’m logging in my first entry. Okay, I technically finished two days ago but I thought I’d wait for the official start to the challenge. I just couldn’t wait!
I read an ARC of Loving Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan. The book is due out in September, 2009. I picked it up at BEA 2009 because I just can’t pass up anything Austen-related.
Six months into his marriage to Elizabeth Bennet, Darcy is still awestruck by his beautiful wife and their unparalleled love and passion. For Darcy, each day offers more opportunities to surprise and delight his beloved wife.
Elizabeth has quickly adapted to being the Mistress of Pemberley, charming everyone she meets and handling her duties with grace and poise. Just when it seems life can’t get any better, Elizabeth gets the most wonderful news.
This book is different from the Austen “sequels” I’ve read. It reads more like a Harrlequin romance novel. Elizabeth and Darcy are quite amorous and their are love scenes every few pages. And, while a few were well done, I found most of the loving lacking. Maybe it was just too much. A few well-placed scenes are always appreciated, but too many just kill the tension! I think this book suffers from too much of a good thing.
The story covers a few months in the Darcys’ marriage after the couple hear they are expecting. The Darcys go to London for part of the season and to introduce Elizabeth to the ton. There are many characters during this time. It was helpful that the author provided a “cast of characters” at the beginning of the book to identify them all. After the season, the Darcys travel some through the county.
Throughout the story, the author refers to an illness Elizabeth suffers after Darcy is in a duel. Yet, they never give the details of this “mysterious” event. This wasn’t in P&P and I just don’t remember, was it? I kept waiting for the author to reveal the information, but she never did.
The couple does face one hardship near the end of the novel that I won’t describe here. There is some foreshadowing of the event in the novel. The author does write this part well and I was sitting on the edge of my seat during the episode.
The ending of the novel is a little disappointing. We never make it to the birth of the baby. Was it a girl or a boy like they assumed? Was Darcy still as helpful and involved after the baby arrives? So many questions that were never addressed.
As for Darcy, he’s a different man since marrying Elizabeth. I think he’s a little too different. We see very brief glimpses of the Darcy of P&P, but instead some lovesick man. It was just a little over the top.
Over all, I’m not sure I’d recommend this one for you Austen fans out there. But, if you love a lusty romance, definitely pick this one up.