I am thrilled to report the first reviews from readers! Thanks to the ARCs I sent out and my publisher providing early access, I am seeing a few lovely reports filtering in. On Amazon, there are three 5-STAR reviews! Thanks to Vee, Cherri, and Anasheh. Read their thoughts HERE. Since the nature of the review-game means not all of them will be positive, I am determined to enjoy the excellent ones when they come along. LOL! On Goodreads there are 3 reviews so far (including Ahasheh’s), this one posted today a 4-Star review with this section a wonderful summation–
This story provides Pride and Prejudice fans another lovely member of the Darcy family. Dr. Darcy’s character, like William Darcy, is easy to fall in love with. He is humorous, caring, intelligent, a truly lovely Englishman. This book provides a beautiful portrayal of the medicine world in British India. And of course we also again briefly meet our beloved Elizabeth and William from Pride and Prejudice. I would highly recommend this book to all the Jane Austen fans, especially to the Pride and Prejudice fans and everyone who loves historical romances.
In other cool news, The Passions of Dr. Darcy is steadily climbing in the Amazon sales ranking. At this moment, the novel is ranked #24 in Kindle sales and #99 in print sales for “medical fiction” – Sweet! How that translates to actual numbers is impossible to know, but I’ll assume it means thousands. Hehe…..
The funny thing about celebrating a novel release is that the party is entirely within the cyberworld, while I sit before my computer wearing my comfortable clothes and fuzzy slippers. I have little idea what is really happening, unless I read a review or the comments on Facebook, my blog, Austen Authors, and so on. Not that I really want to get all dressed up and trade the comfy slippers for tall heels, mind you! It is simply a tad surreal, and even after seven previous novels with their “launch parties” I am still not used to how odd it is to celebrate without real balloons or firecrackers. Ha!
That is why the above mentioned enthusiastic comments and early reviews are so awesome! Makes the whole thing feel real. Knowing that people besides just me are holding The Passions of Dr. Darcy in their hands helps tremendously. Knowing at least a few people have actually bought the book is a nice boon too!
So thanks to all who have whooped and hollered with me. I love every last remark and exclamation point! I love the pictures that have been shared and the hundreds of Tweets! You have made my release party possible! And to let you know how special the connection is, here are a few samples–
It was just delivered at work. Squee! Goodbye productivity! Hello Dr Darcy! ~ Courtney
Congratulations, Sharon! I am so excited to read this book! Ever since you first told me about it, I have looked forward to its release. ~ Syrie James
Aargh! I thought I would be able to download on the iPad, but no such luck, and I am in airports all day today. Nooooooooo ~ Jenni
I can hardly wait to start reading this book and just might make my daughter do chores allll day tomorrow for not letting me know this came in the mail today!! Haha! You are the BEST and have captured my heart with this Darcy Saga! ~ Shannon
Thank you, thank you, thank you, got my new book last night on my Kindle – can’t wait to dig in! ~ Kelly
I’m saving this book for tomorrow. I’ve read every other part of it already, studied the map, and avoided the story. Tomorrow I have all day and night to read! YAY!!! Thanks, Sharon! I’ve loved the little tidbits you’ve shown us along the way. I can’t wait to dive in and get lost in George’s story. ~ Roz
Happy launch day for the spectacular novel ‘The Passions of Dr Darcy’ by the wonderful and very talented Sharon Lathan. Well it’s the 2nd here in Sydney so I couldn’t hold in the excitement any longer! ~ Vee
Reading now.. so moved by the first 5 chapters already! love it ~ Nancy
I downloaded my copy this morning! I can’t wait to embark on this journey with Dr. Darcy!!! ~ Natasha
I have managed to get through about half of the book whilst life has been overwhelming me and I love it!!! Once I finish I will post a review on my normal spots. You’ve done it again my dear!! I loved George before, I adore him now. ~ Stephanie L
Hello my friend!! Congrats, the book is beautiful and I can’t wait to dive in!! Enjoy your day. ~ Kerry
Isn’t everyone so AWESOME! Love you all, so much! And thanks to Anasheh for the picture below, taken at a Los Angeles area Barnes & Noble. I don’t have a book store close to me, so love seeing it on a shelf outside my office. Don’t forget the giveaway happening on Austen Authors, and come back to see what fun I have in store for The Passions of Dr. Darcy Launch Party here on my blog!