Monday, March 28, 2011

The Trouble with Mr. Darcy

The Trouble with Mr. Darcy
Sharon Lathan
5 Stars
339 pages

This is the first book I've read by Sharon Lathan, and it is the fifth book in her Darcy Saga series and I'm puzzled as to why I haven't picked or read any other previous four books in this series.  I was happy with the fact that I found this book a very good "stand alone book" even though it is part of a series.  There were only a few moments in the story that I thought that the previous books would have been helpful, but not enough that I would say you have to read the first book in the series to understand it at all.

There are a couple different stories that develop in this book.  One, Darcy and Elizabeth experience some struggles with depression and their relationship after the birth of their second son, Michael.  I think that this might sound strange, but I actually enjoyed this part of the book.  I was relieved that someone wrote about these struggles, I know that women had to have struggled with postpartum and depression during this time period, but it seems like no one wants to discuss it in their books.  Sharon Lathan did a wonderful job at addressing the issue, but found a way for the romance to continue and have Darcy's and Elizabeth's relationship remain intact.

In the second part of the book Darcy and Elizabeth are faced with even worse trials as Wickham and returns for a family wedding.  Not only does he bring his bad attitude but even worse villains arrive with him.  Without giving too many spoilers away, Darcy is then faced with some horrific circumstances where he chances to lose what is more important to him!  After a fast pasted ending I was pleasantly surprised with the book.

Sharon Lathan is talented at creating whole new lives for characters that we loved in Pride and Prejudice.  There is a lot of romance and I have to warn you if you are not a fan of romance, kissing or love scenes you might want to skip a few paragraphs throughout the book.  Darcy and Elizabeth are in love in a loving marriage and Lathan doesn't shy away from that fact at all.  There are definitely parts in the book that are pretty hot, without going over the top or becoming too inappropriate.

I enjoyed it and look forward to now going "back in time" and reading the first four books in this series.


Sharon Lathan said...

Thank you for the fabulous review, Debbi. I am so happy that your chance-taking in reading a new novel in the middle of a series did not prove to be a disappointment. I appreciate the lovely review and will be sharing it with everyone. It is my first thus far!

Sincerely, Sharon

Vee said...

As a fan of JA's P&P for 30 years I love the way Sharon gives the Darcy's a romantic and passionate life together. I felt this lacking in many other sequels or continuations. Sharon's amazing storylines are riveting throughout the whole series and this latest novel is no exception! High drama included in the mix really stirs things up but it is wonderful to know Sharon keeps the Darcy's intact. Sharon's descriptiveness makes all the scenes come alive. A wonderful series that has become my favourite of all the continuations to JA's P&P.
TSBO devotee