Gotta Love Them Moms!

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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Thanks Sharon you’re a real sweetie and even though I can’t think of an onscreen Mum I admire at the moment. I certainly am in awe of your ability to play supermom to your gorgeous family.

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I actually think that Alison Steadman played the role more accurately! As you say Sharon she was practdically unhinged by the worry of marrying of five daughters and in the book and BBC adaptation, Mr Bennet positively detested her. Brenda’s Mrs Bennet was softer and she and Mr Bennet appeared to be in love still, which was so nice to watch. However Lizzie’s parents’ marriage was the one thing that put her off marrying herself. "when I marry it will only be for the deepest love" she says and this makes sense when you read the book and/or watch the BBC version. She didn’t want to end up like her parents, that is the point she was making. However I love the 2005 version and can forgive them for taking a bit of licence with the Bennets. I am so pleased that you have sympathy for her in your books Sharon, like every mother under the sun she made her mistakes. One of the funniest lines in the book is when Mrs B complains to Mr B that Lizzie won’t marry Collins and she says she will never speak to Lizzie again. He replies " that from hereon in your mother will never speak to you if you don’t marry Mr Collins and I will never speak to you if you do". Poor Mrs Bennet!


Dear Sharon, dear Vee,
thank you both for your wonderful words about moms!
Mrs. Bennet is all you said, but nevertheless she is an important figure and she constantly trys to do the best for her daughters. I love the scene when she sees Pemberley for the first time.
And somehow she and Mr. Bennet are a nice couple, too; as can be seen after Janes engagement when it is getting late in the evening.
Again, a great topic for your blog!


Sharon Lathan

Thanks Vee. As always you are so sweet and so kind. I sincerely appreciate your constant support. Thanks for sharing a bit about your mom. I know you fairly well, so am therefore certain your mom must be a truly amazing woman. And, yes, being a mom is the greatest thing in the world!


Thank you for your beautiful passage about your Mom and Mum’s in general. I loved it! You really do look like your Mom Sharon and so does your daughter you are all very beautiful.

I love the way you handle Mrs Bennet in your Saga Sharon, everyone is much more tolerant of her manner now that Lizzy has "landed a rich husband" so I guess the pressure really is off Mrs Bennet. Even if the other girls didn’t end up finding partners (but personally i am so glad you have chosen to unite each Bennet daughter with someone suited to her nature, you handled that aspect magnificently too) she isn’t in as much of a dire strait as she was early on to marry them off.

I like the way you have made Darcy understand how she is too and how he treats her with the respect she deserves, but also the way he and Lizzy still get annoyed if she becomes too unbearable. A very good balance that I enjoy!

I like Brenda Blethyn’s portrayal of Mrs Bennet, hers is my fav too!

My Mum is beautiful inside and out, she gives her all to everyone and would do anything for anyone. She does not have a single bad cell in her body. I really wish I was more like her. So very sweet and patient. I am thankful that I do take after her in many ways but have a little streak from my Dad’s side which can make me get a bit testy at times hehehe

For the life of me I can’t think of any screen Mum at the moment that I admire. I will get back to you on that one if I can think of any.

One last thing I will add is that I adore being Mum to my beautiful kids who every single day make me thankful to have them and thankful to be their Mum.
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