Kim’s Guest Review of The Passions of Dr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

tpoddslMy latest guest review, The Passions of Dr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan, is up on the Austenprose blog today.  Fans of Lathan’s Darcy Saga will be excited that this, the seventh book in the series, is focusing on Dr. Darcy!

If you’re a fan of books that focus on character development, you need to add this one to your list.

A direct link to my review can be found here

This is my sixteenth completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge

This is my sixth completed review for the Pride and  Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge.

#71 A Guest Review of Miss Darcy Falls In Love by Sharon Lathan

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My newest guest review is up on the Austenprose blog today!  Today’s post is on Miss Darcy Falls In Love by Sharon Lathan.  This is Sharon’s sixth novel in her Darcy Saga and is just as wonderful as her others!

Readers get to follow Georgiana as she takes a tour of Europe and falls in love with two men.  She must decide who she is meant to be with, and who will be the one to make all of her dreams come true.

Check out my full review here

This is my thirty-first completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge

#23 A Guest Review of The Trouble With Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

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My latest guest review for Austenprose has been posted today!

The Trouble With Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan is the fifth novel in her bestselling Darcy Saga series.  For those of you who have read my reviews on her previous novels, will be interested to know that we delve into the Darcy’s marriage and see real conflict and tragedy.  Excellent turn of events if you ask me!

For a direct link to my review click here

As always, many thanks to Austenprose for letting me be a humble guest reviewer for them!

This is my thirteenth completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge

#81 A Review of A Darcy Christmas by Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan, and Carolyn Eberhart

Cover Image A Darcy Christmas is a compilation of three novellas that focus around The Darcy’s and their Christmas experiences.  A Darcy Christmas marks the publishing debut of Carolyn Eberhart, while Amanda Grange and Sharon Lathan are both successful established Jane Austen fan fiction authors.  (Amanda Grange’s other novels include Mr. Darcy’s DiaryCaptain Wentworth’s Diary; while Sharon Lathan’s other novels include Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Loving Mr. Darcy)
 
Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Carol by Carolyn Eberhart
Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Carol takes place the Christmas before Elizabeth and Darcy are married.  Shortly before Christmas Day Darcy is visited by the spirit of his father.  His father implores him to check his arrogance and pride at the door and treat all people as he treats those in and around Pemberley.  Darcy is told that he will be visited by the three Christmas spirits and to heed their messages if he wishes to have a peaceful afterlife.  The three Christmas spirits visit Darcy and show him Christmas past, present, and future.  Darcy must decide based on the events he is shown whether to change his ways, or be lost forever. 
 
Carolyn Eberhart did a fantastic job with her debut novella! Her characters were engaging, her storyline, while borrowing from Dickens’ story, was all her own.  She took a classic and made it unique and fitting in her own right.  It was great seeing her take on A Christmas Carol.  Of all the novellas  in this collection this one was my favorite.  It was definitely the most fulfilling of all the stories.  Eberhart is a welcome addition to the world of Jane Austen fan fiction.  I’m eagerly awaiting her next work.
 
5 out of 5 Stars
  
Christmas Present by Amanda Grange
In Christmas Present Elizabeth is pregnant with her and Darcy’s first child.  Jane has just given birth to her and Charles’ first born son, and are about to host Christmas at their new estate near Pemberley.  Wishing to see Jane, her family, and her new nephew she convinces Darcy to take her to Jane’s house, promising that if she feels any labor pains they will turn around and return to Pemberley.  Within a few days time the entire Bennet clan, along with the Hurst’s, Caroline Bingley, and Lady Catherine are all at Jane’s home celebrating the holiday with a Christmas ball.  Soon after dancing with Darcy, Elizabeth begins feeling the twangs of child-birth, and soon gives birth to a perfectly healthy baby. 
 
I felt as though Grange rushed this story.  Many elements are left open (maybe for a future novel) and unfinished.  I understand that what she wrote was a novella, but I’m not sure why she began multiple story arcs if she wasn’t going to complete them.  While I enjoy Grange’s writing style, I do wish there was more to Christmas Present.
  
3 out of 5 Stars
  
A Darcy Christmas by Sharon Lathan
Of all the novellas this is definitely the most unique and long ranging!  Each chapter is dedicated to a different Christmas that the Darcy’s experience.  A Darcy Christmas spans the time period from the Christmas prior to Lizzie and Darcy’s engagement through their 23rd Christmas as a married couple.  The chapters are filled with births, deaths, marriages, happy times, and sad ones.  As expected Lathan’s novella is filled with new characters that add to the richness of her imaginative creation. 
Fans of Lathan’s Darcy Saga novels will be glad to know that Lathan stays true to the Christmas’ she’s already written about in her novels, adding extra tidbits to what we already know. I really enjoyed each chapter giving us a small piece of each year of the Darcy’s lives.  It gave sneak peaks of what we can expect from Lathan in the future.  I’m definitely looking forward to the next novel in the Darcy Saga, as A Darcy Christmas left much to be excited for!
 
4 out of 5 Stars
 
 
For more reviews of A Darcy Christmas check out the following:

Guest Reviewer

Laurel Ann, the fabulous moderator of a group I’m part of on goodreads approached me about a week ago to see if I wanted to guest review for her blog.  Upon reading her email to me I immediately turned into a 5-year-old child on Christmas morning.  I was excited, to say the absolute least.

Anyway, Laurel Ann asked me to review In The Arms of Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan.   I was more than happy to having already started reading it.  A few days later, a couple of proofs back and forth, and some tremendous guidance from Laurel Ann and it was set.  It’s been posted today on her blog.

For a direct link to my review click here.

I want to again thank Laurel Ann for giving me the opportunity to review for her blog and for being a great mentor!  It was a blast and I’d love to do it again.