The Passions of Dr. Darcy
You never know where a life of purpose may lead…
Explore a fascinating and unique aspect of the Regency period, when the British Empire offered the young noblemen of the day promising adventures all over the world.
While Fitzwilliam Darcy is enjoying an idyllic childhood at Pemberley, his vibrant and beloved uncle, Dr. George Darcy, becomes one of the most renowned young physicians of the day. Determined to do something more with his life than cater to a spoiled aristocracy, George accepts a post with the British East India Company and travels in search of a life of meaning and purpose.
When George Darcy returns to Pemberley after many years abroad, the drama and heartbreak of his travels offer a fascinating glimpse into a gentleman’s journey of self-discovery and romance.
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George Darcy is the second son of a wealthy landowner in Georgian Era England. At 22 he is one of the youngest medical doctorate graduates of Cambridge University and admitted licentiate from the London Royal College of Physicians, and thus considered a brilliant, rising star in England’s field of medicine. Yet Dr. Darcy refuses the easy, comfortable pathway and enlists as a physician with the British East India Company, embarking on a personal quest to broaden his education and practice his craft without the restraints imposed by British society.
The Passions of Dr. Darcy spans thirty-four years in the life of this incredible, eccentric man. Using vivid descriptions of the culture and atmosphere, the story traces his early steps as a new doctor in a strange land on to his eventual return to England and his childhood home decades later. This is a story of India and the people as well as of the diseases and medical care available. Primarily, however, this is the story of one man who strived to change the face of medicine while yearning to fill the void left within his soul upon the death of his identical twin when they were 12. His search for family, enduring love, and lost companionship is a quest not wholly realized until returning to England and Pemberley. There a new generation of family and friends will heal the physician, and to his greatest surprise, the true love of his life awaits.
New York Journal of Books
5-Stars (Reviewer: Toni V. Sweeney; edited here due to plot spoilers; read full review here: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/review/passions-dr-darcy)
“. . . a splendid tale of one man’s determination . . . to be the best in his chosen profession . . . and to find love.”
Many readers are aware of the romance of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Now Sharon Lathan tells the story of another Darcy in this latest entry in The Darcy Saga.
After seeing his twin brother Alex die at the hands of an incompetent physician, 12-year-old George Darcy, second son in the Darcy family, vows to become a doctor. He succeeds and at 22 is on his way to India in the employ of the East India Trading Company. The spectacle of India’s struggle with its colonizers and the historical ramifications present a brilliant backdrop to the young physician’s sojourn in a country he will soon call home. Handsome, personable with irreverent wit and an infectious joi de vivre, George is a more than competent diagnostician.
The passion of the title pertains to love, of course . . . of that George Darcy has for women, but it also relates to his concern for his patients and his integrity in treating them. In this context, Dr. Darcy has three passions: women . . . India . . . and his love of medicine . . . not necessarily in that order. Though there’s sex in the story, it’s couched in the vernacular of an Austen novel so it’s more emotionally than graphically descriptive. Nevertheless the narrative is evocative of great passion.
The spectacle of English colonization and war in India is presented, not in the minute detail one might expect from a historical narrative but only as it relates to George and his practice. He’s called to minister to the wounded when British soldiers are hurt during battle, otherwise he stays out of the fight and continues his rounds in the cities, tending the inhabitants.
A portion of the story is told through George’s journals, written to various deceased family members. His observations on the development of his nephew Fitzwilliam as an infant, a child, an adolescent, and later the adult man winning Elizabeth Bennett’s heart, bring new facets to that character as originally presented in Jane Austen’s novel. At last, George’s idyll in India comes to an end. Now a widower, he returns to England, to be welcomed back into his family, but not to settle into obscurity. George is too much of a forceful figure to simply idle away his elder years. George Darcy left England an idealistic twenty-two year old, setting out to find adventure. When he returns thirty years later, he discovers more passion and the greatest adventure of all awaiting him.
Anyone who has read Pride and Prejudice will enjoy this story though that isn’t a prerequisite. One doesn’t even have to read the other entries in this series since this could also be a stand-alone.
A Reading Nurse
My only desire is to do this book justice with this review. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I have been a fan of Pride and Prejudice since my high school days. A few years back I discovered Jane Austen Fan Fiction and had to get my hands on as many copies as I could. My favorite P&P continuation till this date has to be the Darcy Saga by Ms. Lathan. Not only did she build amazing stores for the characters that we all knew and love, but she created new characters that readers could not wait to find out more about. I remember after my 3rd or 4th read through of Loving Mr Darcy, I realized how much I had grown to love the character of Dr. Darcy and how pivotal he had became to the story. I had told Ms. Lathan this on Facebook, and that is when she commented that she was working on The Passions for Dr. Darcy.
Like many of Ms. Lathan’s followers I anticipated the release of her new book, and was pleasantly surprised to see it available for review on NetGalley. I dove right in as soon as It got my copy and fell in love with Dr. Darcy all over again. This book has so many things rolled up into one. You got to explore a new world, fall in love, build lasting friendships, and it would not be a story about Dr. Darcy if you did not laugh constantly.
As a nursing student I enjoyed all the medical references and appreciated all of the research that most have went into it. I loved to see how some of the characters we already met in the Darcy Sage come into play and yes, a little snippet of William and Elizabeth and the oh so precious baby Alexander sealed the deal. 5-Stars
Linda Banche and Her Historical Hilarity
The Passions of Dr. Darcy, the latest of Sharon Lathan’s Darcy Saga, sweeps us along on a voyage to the exotic India of 200 years ago as seen through the eyes of the flamboyant, arrogant, and compassionate physician, George Darcy, Mr. Darcy’s uncle. English, but embracing all things Indian, George bridges the gap between the European and Indian ways of life with his skill in medicine, his humanitarianism and his joy for life. For thirty years, he travels to every reach of the subcontinent, healing the sick and injured, while experiencing his own share of joy and tears along the way.
Books Hug Back
You do not have to read Sharon’s entire series to enjoy this novel; however, it fit seamlessly into her story series and was a great addition to the saga.
This novel follows Dr. George Darcy, Fitzwilliam Darcy’s uncle, from early adulthood throughout his life. He travels to India with the British East India Company working as a physician, traveling throughout India and impressively saving lives with his skill and charismatic personality. As the title suggests, George experiences his share or romantic passion throughout the story and must deal with the loss of love and family.
The journaling theme throughout the novel advances the plot while being deeply touching as the name to whom he addresses changes throughout his life as more people close to him pass away. His relationships are romantic and heated, while each adding to the plot and the character of George Darcy. I loved the historical and geographic theme in this novel and felt like I was on a journey myself. The creation and introduction of new characters is what Lathan excels at, and all the new characters personalities are so vibrant and unique while at the same time being woven into Austen’s beloved world. The depth to both the plot and characters is so strong that her novel is a true adventure that you can get lost in for days. Her novels are always long and descriptive and full, not a rushed quick read but a true escape. I love her novels for this reason, Dr. Darcy especially. 5-Stars
Little Munchkin Reader
The romance of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice is well known to readers across the world but in the latest instalment of her beloved Darcy Saga, Sharon Lathan expands on this and tells the story of George Darcy, Fitzwilliam’s paternal uncle.
I’ve been a big fan of George since he arrived on the scene in one of Sharon’s earlier books and have been anticipating the telling on his story since Sharon announced it last year. Opening the first pages of this novel, I was instantly transported back to the late 1700′s and India, where George practices as a physician. As he tries desperately to forget his past, he makes new friends and becomes noted for his skill and passion.
I fell instantly in love with George’s story, devouring page after page. Following George’s travels around India was wonderful, my brain learning Indian history as we went along. On the romance lane, I also loved learning about Jharna, a person who’s been referenced to on numerous occasions, but who we never knew details about. Getting to know how Jharna and her priya fell in love touched my heart and I read through those scenes numerous times.
The events surrounding his return to Pemberley and the things that happened thereafter were also joyous to read. Little scenes made the whole transition from India to Pemberley once again easier to read and you got to really see into the thoughts of the adventurer he’d been.
I don’t know really how to sum this novel up coherently, so let me just say this; an amazing read full of romance and family. 5-Stars
The Good, The Bad, and The Unread
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books to date in Sharon Lathan’s Darcy Saga. A lot of that has to do with the journey of Ms. Lathan growing as an author, as evidenced with each book. With the latest addition to the series, she has written her very best. Her character of Dr. George Darcy has been fun since he was first introduced, and to now follow him through his exciting life is more than I ever expected.
I really like the inclusion of George’s journals as we go through the story. We begin with Fitzwilliam and Lizzy opening George’s traveling trunk that his father had given him before his journey to India decades ago. What they discover is all of the doctor’s journals he’d written over the years. As they start their reading, we start to live a full and fascinating life along with the most outgoing Darcy of them all.
When his twin, Alex, died at a young age due to medical incompetence, George’s life took a much different turn. He eventually enrolled in medical school and at age 22 begins a career that will help multitudes and be respected by just as many. Writing in his journal, as all Darcys have done for years, we see George from his own POV as he discusses daily living with first his deceased brother, and then at different times of his life addressing each departed loved one as the years go on. When he leaves England for India as an employee of the East India Company, he is a man looking forward, anxious to learn a way of life and medicine so different from his own. He embraces everything he comes across, and a close personal and professional relationship begins with Dr. Ullas and his family.
We go with George and Dr. Ullas to nearly every part of India, meet every kind of person imaginable, and watch the good doctor do his magic. Along the way he has brushes with love. Yes, just brushes. George seems to be unlucky in love, though he has a wonderful time getting there. His first love, Sarah, is typically English and relies on her father for everything, including the man she’ll marry. George refuses to leave India and Sarah’s father wants her home where she’ll be safe, so he gives her to another. At first I figured George has a huge case of like for Sarah instead of love, but wanting to live life to its fullest and helping those in need shouldn’t have to compete with love. Then there’s Ruby, who’s a lot like George, loving something more than the person who can make you happy. She’s not on the up-and-up with him, her strings pulled by someone else as she goes to his bed night after night. Then she disappears without a word…until so many years later. And those are terrific scenes when the time comes.
So after two failed love affairs, George once again focuses on his medicine. In between all of this, he does go back to England. The first trip is to see his ailing father. Seeing George in action when diagnosing, which is a rare talent, and then comforting patients are particularly fascinating scenes because of Ms. Lathan’s own medical background. Those in which his family are involved are even more engaging. George does go through a lot of personal loss. After his father, it’s Dr. Ullas who succumbs, ironically, to an illness he treats others for all over India. As life is wont to do, the doctor then finds love again in the unlikeliest of places, Jharna, his best friend’s widow. The relationship works quite well, meshing two cultures together even better than before.
George and Jharna enjoy a number of years together, and it’s during this time, for the first time in this series, I was brought to tears. Their ultimate loss is full of emotion and one of the best scenes in the book. Then when his talent once again tells him he’s too late, there’s nothing to be done, George finds himself alone one more time. Losing Jharna seems to siphon the love of India out of George at his point, and when he goes home, this time when he hears of the death of his brother James, George knows it’s time to pick up his life in England, where everything began.
He’s such a charismatic character, easily making friends, teaching medical students, and loving life to the fullest extent. He’s so exuberant, besides arrogant, and that makes him all the more likable. Love finds George one last time, this time with Amanda, companion to Georgianna Darcy. Each relationship he enjoys is unique and full of emotion. The man has the largest capacity to love. We also get to see Fitzwilliam from a point of view we’ve not seen before. From a small tyke to a married man with children, and everything in between, George gives us a special look at his nephew as he grows into the man everyone knows and loves.
Dr. George Darcy is larger than life. Too perfect? Maybe. But that’s the way I like my heroes. That’s why I read romance. All the history and medical practices come in second to characters like this one. Having confidence and an adventurous spirit, George lives an exceptional life. I like that as he grows older throughout the book, he continues to enjoy that life, no matter what has been thrown his way. A lot of research went into this story, no doubt about that. Weaving that research in and around characters such as these has brought Ms. Lathan to a whole new level as an author. As much as I’ve looked forward to her books before, my anticipation is now double to see what she has coming next. I’ve no doubt it may rival my George. Grade A
Historical Novel Society
Dr. George Darcy, uncle to the famous Fitzwilliam Darcy of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, embarks on his career with the East India Company in Bombay in 1789. Young, arrogant, but a master diagnostician, he proves his worth to his superiors. He also falls in love with India, though his attempts at finding a steady woman are less successful. After two failures of the heart, he travels with Indian Dr. Ullas, learning Hindu medicine and teaching English medical techniques to the natives. When Ullas unexpectedly dies, Darcy is drawn to the man’s beautiful wife. Here, at last, George discovers true love, but more tragedy will haunt him and his family back home at Pemberley.
Hindu customs and clothing are deftly described, as well as 18th-century medical practices. Dr. Darcy is almost too perfect as a doctor – he’s acclaimed everywhere he travels. Many of the actions are told off-stage in his diary entries. The story is entertaining, especially for those who take pleasure, as I did, in details of 18th-century medicine and learning about the exotic India of this era.
Book Lover and Procrastinator
Dr. George Darcy, the beloved uncle of Fitzwilliam Darcy, leaves journals containing entries for over thirty years of his life. Thus, begins the adventures of a very interesting man.
Since Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, I enjoy reading its sequels and retellings. The Passions of Dr. Darcy is a well-researched book, which also has heart. I love to learn while being entertained and this book accomplishes this quite well. The book uses journal entries to communicate Dr. Darcy’s thoughts and feelings. Dr. Darcy is a remarkable character, who is intelligent, brilliant, and engaging, and this book shines a light on his “passions,” successes, and failures, and along the way his loves and heartbreaks.
All in all, The Passions of Dr. Darcy is an enjoyable read, that Pride and Prejudice fans should enjoy.