I must begin by saying a few things concerning my own personal experiences with Jane Austen pre-quels and sequels...and my background with Jane Austen.
I am a huge fan of Jane Austen, EMMA being my absolute favorite...Pride And Prejudice being a close second.
Being a fan of the original, I have always been reluctant to attempt to read a pre-quel or sequel to any of her books...that being said, I attempted to read Linda Berdoll's trilogy and only got through the first couple of chapters because it was too....well, I don't know, but it almost ruined P&P for me. Darcy and Elizabeth weren't that kind of people in my heart and mind.
So, when Jen told us of Sharon's book being published by Sourcebooks, I rushed over to her page and read up on Sharon and the Darcy Saga, finding the lady herself wonderful, and the site very pleasing....so I rushed to my local Target store on the day it came out and purchased my copy of MR. AND MRS. FITZWILLIAM DARCY~TWO SHALL BECOME ONE (oh, and since a new version of Pride And Prejudice was out right next to her novel, I picked it up...since my own copy has somehow flown the coop in my many moves, I wanted a reference...lol).
MR. AND MRS. FITZWILLIAM DARCY~TWO SHALL BECOME ONE sequel to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. It is the continuation of the relationship of new lovers...the everyday life of a married couple...no drama, the only craziness is Mrs. Bennett, and that is normal for Elizabeth, and Mr. Darcy has come to discover this for himself.
We begin with the Darcy's newly married and contemplating their courtship and looking forward to their wedding night, there's a bit of a build up, but it is a sweet moment in my heart.
As I read of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth's courtship, Sharon shocked me in many ways....over things that I would have never thought of in any lifetime...Darcy's purity was the first, and quite honestly, refreshing and adorable in my heart. It's one of the few remaining questions I would love to ask Sharon-why Mr. Darcy, a man of such command, is a virgin...but that is neither here nor there, it's a sweet thought.
The wedding night was adorable as well....no heaving busoms or throbbing whatevers...just two people in love sharing a special moment-the first.
The relationship throughout the novel is wonderful. It is the type of relationship all single grown women dream about...to have a man love you unconditionally and know that good times and bad times will come, but you will be together. This is the "Happily Ever After...add Mrs. Bennett and Life"...sorry Sharon, she is one of my favorite side characters, and she makes me laugh everytime!!
What made me giggle is how easily Sharon created a likeable Mr. Darcy. He is aproachable, and comes out of his shell quite easily with Elizabeth.
The easy banter between Lizzy and Darcy in this novel is touching and fun. You can see the two of them becoming closer every day.
I loved the novel, and had a hard time putting it down, and am now groaning in impatience because I have to wait until later in the year for the next installment of the life of the Darcys and their families and friends.
I enjoyed the first installment of the life at Pemberly, and I am looking forward to LOVING MR. DARCY~JOURNEYS BEYOND PEMBERLY coming out September 1, 2009 and THE DARCYS AT YEAR'S END to be released in January 2010.
I highly recommend MR. AND MRS. FITZWILLIAM DARCY~TWO SHALL BECOME ONE to any Jane Austen fan...for those of us who like the sweet side of the relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, this is a perfect continuation.
Thank you Sharon for penning such an awesome book, and for making my first real foray into P&P sequels very enjoyable!
Happy reading everyone,