Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan

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.
I think that everyone that loves Jane Austen's characters often wonders what happened to them after the ending of Pride and Prejudice. Sometimes, when I am afflicted with such thoughts, I can't resist picking up one of the sequels written by contemporary authors about such beloved characters. This time it was this Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy.

The author mentions how she was inspired to write this after seeing, and loving, the movie version of P&P. Being of the BBC TV series I was immediately worried... but I did enjoy some things in the movie version so I continued.

In the end my main problem with it was not that it was inspired by the movie but that the characters seemed so much different from how Jane Austen wrote them. Not only that but that there is the lack of a strong plot and Lizzy and Darcy spend most of their time in bed. There's no conflict to be solved, no growth in their relationship, the pacing is very slow... towards the end the author introduces a villain but by then it was too late, I think, to save the story.

Readers loving light romance novels with a high count of sex scenes may enjoy this one but, as an Austen sequel, it is not one I would recommend.


  1. I have been hesitant to pick up an Austen sequel since I adore Jane Austen's original characters and I'd rather contemplate "what happened" in my own head than read something that will disappoint.

    Thus far, I have stayed away from these sequels...but do you have any recommendations on an Austen sequel that you have enjoyed and feel stays true to Austen's originals?

  2. Sound like a book which doesn't use its potential. Too bad for that because the premise is interesting. Great review!

  3. I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt this way about this book!

  4. Ashley

    my favourite sequel is Old Friends and New Fancies by Sybil Brinton


    no you're not ;-)

  5. Personally, I love Lathan's sequels! They remain my comfort reads in times of need..