I can’t believe my fabulous novel – The Passions of Dr. Darcy – has already been out into the world for a week! My, how time flies! Sadly part of my busyness this week was getting taxes done, which is never fun. Probably should have planned such an unpalatable task for before my big launch week, right? Oh well, it is now accomplished and while poorer in the bank account, I remain rich in my enthusiasm and happiness over The Passions of Dr. Darcy!
Have you read it yet? NO!?! What are you waiting for? LOL! I am hoping to schedule a “discussion” in a week or so – either here or on my Facebook page. A sort of interactive and fun Q&A. How does that sound? I’ll keep you posted on that.
Those folks who have read the novel are loving it. At least all the feedback I have gotten thus far has been positive. I have to share some of the terrific feedback bits received–
Megan Bettag wrote: “The Passions of Dr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan – such a fantastic book! Better if you’ve read the other books Sharon’s written but you would still be able to follow the story even if you hadn’t read the others. Dr. Darcy is the uncle of Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Great book, wonderful descriptions, interesting characters, funny at times, serious at others, heart warming and heart wrenching at times. I loved it!”
Kelli Crowe: “I just finished The Passions of Dr. Darcy. If I had realized the last page was the last page…I would have savored it more! I was like, “Glossary…what? It’s over!” It was so well done. Now, please tell me you are working on the next one:)”
Karen Stone: “This book provides a slow build up of romance wherein George first comes to terms with his own self identity. His character is one of beautiful generosity and unselfishness. This novel is a scrumptious bundle of deliciousness: one that tricks you into believing you are finding your special someone and solidifying relationships with those closest to you.”
Christa Vail: “Of all her books thus, far this one was so wonderful I could not put it down. Her vivid explanations make one feel as though you are taken back in time, you feel as though you could actually speak to Dr. Darcy yourself. Her descriptions of medicine and traditions are amazing.
“Saroya Naomi: “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. I would highly recommend this book to all the Jane Austen fans, and everyone who loves historical romances.”
Highlighting my week was a stunning review from the New York Journal of Books. The entire review is incredibly long, and very detailed (Read *SPOILERS*) but I loved this because it revealed how intently the reviewer, Toni V. Sweeney, read and appreciated the novel. Far too many “professional” reviewers make remarks about the novels they review that leave me wondering if they read past the back cover blurb or first two pages! Toni clearly did, AND as evidenced by her fabulously written review completely understood the plot and purpose of The Passions of Dr. Darcy.
The entire review can be read here: New York Journal of Books review of The Passions of Dr. Darcy
In case you want to avoid spoilers until you read the novel – Again, what are you waiting for?!?! – here are my favorite remarks:
“. . . a splendid tale of one man’s determination . . . to be the best in his chosen profession . . . and to find love.”
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 . . . of 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.
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.
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.
Indeed I am happy dancing! So, how about those of you who have read it? Thoughts? Questions? I am open for discussion!!