Mr. and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two shall become One by Sharon Lathan
Read: May 17 - May 20
Format: Trade Paperback 295 pages
Source: Prize, Bookin' with Bingo Blog
Subject: Pride & Prejudice Sequel
Challenges: 101020, 75 Book, BOSC, TIOLI
Category: Miss Austen and Her Relations (P & P lives on!)
Yes, Elizabeth Bennet married Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride & Prejudice but that is where Jane Austen left the reader never giving us the fulfillment of knowing how the marriage fared.
There have been several productions for film and television which have used Pride & Prejudice the book as inspiration but never before have I heard of a book being inspired by the film. In this story, Ms. Lathan has taken the most recent production and used it as the inspiration of the continuing tale of Lizzy and Darcy.
We are voyeurs to their wedding night and the early days of their marriage seeing how they relate not just to themselves but to their home with its staff at Pemberley. We see adjustments that Elizabeth needs to make to be Mistress of the House as well as Darcy's adjustments to being a happy and loved individual.
I have to admit that though the plot of this book is very thin, I still enjoyed seeing that the love affair that was so beautifully written by Jane Austen can be seized by another author and given life again. Seeing the progress of the relationship unwind to a beautiful crescendo while reminding us of the roots of the story, is very entertaining.
As much as I enjoyed the book, I did feel that some of the dialogue was a bit overdone with the "I love yous and you are my heart and soul" lines. But all in all a good book for a Pride & Prejudice lover.