Wednesday, September 29, 2010

In the Arms of Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

A continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Sharon Lathan's fourth book, In the Arms of Mr. Darcy, brings us into the daily lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy and his wife, Elizabeth, as they learn to cope with the trials and joys of parenthood.

Set in Derbyshire, in 1817, the Darcy's scandalize their more conservative housekeeping staff by actually spending time with their firstborn child, rather than relegating him to the nanny.

Many adventures surround this new family, causing pangs of worry, and at times, deep angst when business delays ensue, keeping Darcy away from his family far longer than expected.

As the Darcy's cope with their trials, the single siblings of immediate family and closest friends seem to awaken to their own passionate needs that have been long since buried.

Inspired by the continuing passion and love of the Darcy's, as well as the obvious transformation of Darcy's otherwise taciturn nature, cousin Richard Fitzwilliam is reminded of what he thought was a long-lost love; sister Georgiana Darcy blossoms into a young woman with untapped romantic talents; Kitty Bennett learns the highs and lows of her first crush; and Caroline Bingley surprises everyone, including herself, of the depths of her passionate nature!

A titillating, yet amorous look into the privileged lives of England's gentry as they travel back and forth from countryside estates to the London "seasons" of society, with all the protocol, pomp and circumstance that comes with the responsibilities of their positions.

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