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Reader Reviews for Darcy & Elizabeth: Hope of the Future
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Sharon Lathan
August 12, 2017 - 11:02 AM
Member Since: April 24, 2011
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Darcy and Lizzy’s mutual love and devotion bode well for a wonderful future. It was absolutely heart-warming to experience Darcy and Lizzy’s deep, abiding, constant love for each other!! Darcy’s admission that he was also an “innocent” when it comes to physical expressions of love helped Lizzy overcome her mother’s horrific tales of what Lizzy might experience as Darcy’s wife. Extremely well-written, well-paced story! The author has so richly developed the characters through her lovely prose that I could literally picture them in my mind….she painted such vivid descriptions of the sights, and sounds in each scene along with creating a masterful depiction of their feelings and thoughts. This is a Darcy and Lizzy, as well as Jane, Bingley and Georgiana, that you can’t help but love and care for. Brilliant FIVE STAR read!!!! I own and have read all of the sequels….and it was an absolute pleasure to read the two-part prequels!!!! I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book for all JAFF devotees….it will warm your heart and leave you feeling happy as the book closes right after the double wedding. (Lisa Hatfield)


I also have to say I really wish I had an aunt like Aunt Gardiner. Read and you’ll know why! 5-Stars! I have always enjoyed books that have given readers an insight into the “what happens next” when a classic story ends. Sharon does that justice with both the first and now this second book about the time between engagement and marriage for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. It was humorous, touching, tense and all in all enjoyable. I could NOT put it down!
It was nice to have flashbacks that are presented in the rest of her Darcy Saga series fleshed out and so you could live them in the moment they happened instead of just a flashback. It also helped you see why certain characters are the way they are in the rest of her series through these prequels. (Chelsea)


Deeply Romantic & Passionate 5-Stars!  I love all of Sharon’s beautifully written novels. This one was a long time coming but no less brilliant than the rest of her novels. In this wonderfully told prequel Sharon fills in all the missing pieces leading up to Darcy & Elizabeth’s glorious wedding day. Sharon’s writing always has me highly anticipating every next line. We get to see Darcy and Elizabeth match wits. They are both highly intelligent and very passionate. My favourite part of Sharon’s writing is how she lets us see soul deep into the feelings of her characters. Darcy is commanding as Master of Pemberley but also deeply passionate about his Elizabeth, which I adore. There aren’t enough words to explain how much I love the two prequels and Darcy Saga all written with such emotion. Congratulations Sharon on another brilliant novel. Please write more. Highly recommended!  (Vee)


Darcy and Elizabeth’s Untold Story at its Best! 5-Stars! As always, Sharon did not disappoint with this latest book in her Darcy Saga series. Filled with the love, admiration, and passion we all know Darcy and Elizabeth to have for one another, plus a fantastic bundle of English history, this book was one I couldn’t put down. Telling Darcy and Elizabeth’s story like only Sharon can, I wholeheartedly recommend this duo of books, plus her amazing continuation from the wedding night to years afterwards. I’m looking forward to re-reading those next! Excellent writing, Sharon. Thank you for perfectly depicting my favorite couple! (ShannonRose)


Darcy and Elizabeth: Hope of the Future . . . A Great and Loving Romance . . . 5-Stars!  There were so many wonderful things that were great in this novel. It was very well written and enjoyable to the very end. The love between Darcy and Elizabeth really shined in this novel. They both learned to communicate to each other openly and naturally Darcy had Elizabeth blushing many times. It was great to see Darcy let go of the prudish and haughty social personality become more of a jovial nature. Naturally, Elizabeth was a teasing self. It was great that Mrs. Gardiner explained to Elizabeth and Jane what would happen on their wedding night because for sure, Mrs. Bennet would scare them out of their wits. I love the fact that Kitty would tease them about being up all night without sleep and that brought some humor into the plot. Elizabeth feared that she wouldn’t be able to please Darcy but he explained that he was not active in sexual experiences and was in the same boat as her and that made her feel much better.

I always love Colonel Fitzwilliam’s part in any novel as he always is a strong supporter for Darcy. Plus he brings some humor to the plot and this was well written. Lady Catherine had a hand in creating some havoc as usual but we have to have that with either her, Caroline Bingley or Wickham. However, the author did a great job with it getting hushed up by her writing of the Matlocks involvement. I did so enjoy Darcy’s trip shopping for gifts for Elizabeth and the items purchased. It brought some humor back into the novel. The romance grew for both couples as the plot continued and it was very well written to prove that this was happening.I highly recommend this series to anyone that would love to read a great romance between two of Jane Austen’s beloved couples.

I highly recommend this series to anyone that would love to read a great romance between two of Jane Austen’s beloved couples. (MaryAnn)


Well worth the wait. 5-Stars! I loved this book. Especially the conversations and teasing between Darcy and Elizabeth, and the barely restrained passion! There were problems caused by Lady Catherine and Mrs Bennet which were finally overcome. This is a worthy continuation of A Season of Courtship taking us right up to and including the wedding. Wonderful! (Glynis)


Finally and it was fabulous  5-Stars!  It was a long wait for part 2 of this prequel but authors do have lives and difficulties apart from entertaining their fans. I loved it, Sharon is such a great writer. Her storylines are really just about the everyday concerns, joy and sometimes struggles of our beloved couple. You haven’t lost your touch after your hiatus Sharon, dare we hope for more from our couple? Highly recommend, excuse me while I start re-reading the Darcy saga, again…  (Cherri)


I eagerly anticipated the release of this book and I wasn’t disappointed! It was truly a pleasure to read 5-Stars!  Having been a fan of Sharon’s work for some time now, I eagerly anticipated the release of this book and I wasn’t disappointed! It was truly a pleasure to read and flowed seamlessly with her other books. It is obvious in reading her books that she is very knowledgeable about the time period from clothing to customs to architecture and it adds such a wonderful depth to her novels. Sharon’s detailed description of even the smallest facts helps the reader to really immerse themselves in the story and truly make this book a joy to read. Hopefully, she will continue to pen her wonderful stories for us to enjoy, perhaps even exploring the story of the Bingleys. (Dana T)


Unputdownable! 5-Stars! The queen of romantic tender moments, passionate exchanges, humorous banter and thrilling plots has done it again.
I absolutely love this book! It will be reread countless of times. I adore this Darcy and Elizabeth. Not portraited as flawless but their strong bond of love, their connected souls and the magnetism between them can be felt throughout the book.

In the last month of their betrothal period the Darcy’s, Bingley and Bennet’s are in London to shop for the girls’ trousseau. Darcy ventures on a rather hilarious shopping trip to the mall to buy Elizabeth her wedding present which had me laughing out loud. Intermingled with lovely tender moments and exciting outings there are Lady Catherine’s crusade against the Darcy wedding. Rallying her friends in high society to battle. Elizabeth introduction to the Matlock’s goes rather smoothly but some of the other ladies of the ton are less welcoming. There are lovely moments of bonding between the new sisters and highly educational conversations with the aunt Gardiner. The joy of reading this book is amplified by the vast historical knowledge of the author and the tour of Regency London was a delight. Back in Hertfordshire they celebrate Darcy’s birthday and they share some lovely tender moments before business calls Darcy back to town. Mrs. Bennet uses this opportunity to give some very disturbing advice, especially to Elizabeth… (I loved Jane in this scene.) Elizabeth has a frank but tender and moving conversation in the library at Netherfield when Darcy is back from town. Their relationship develops both in depth and passion until the wedding ceremony.

I only have one complaint about this book and that is that it ended. . . (Elin Eriksen)


And as always Sharon didn’t disappoint. It’s a great book 5-Stars! I have just finished reading this book, and as always Sharon didn’t disappoint. It’s a great book. I have all of Sharon’s Pride & Prejudice books and have reread all of them many times. I’ve been waiting for a new one for a long time and I’m definitely going to reread this one as well. Well done to Sharon! (Judy Burke)


Brilliant prequel/sequel/beginning 5-Stars! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wish Sharon would write more. I am now going to start the series again. The description of places in London are rather accurate and as a Brit I have paid attention to the descriptions throughout the series and find them brilliant. I would recommend this book and I expect I’ll now have to share it with my Mum! (NGreen)


Wonderful conclusion to the prequels. 5-Stars! Loved it from start to finish. Well done! Characters and storyline hold your attention. As an avid jaff reader, this series is one of my favorites. (TKCHoward)


Perfection 5-Stars! Book 2 was everything I wanted it to be. As expected, Sharon captured the tender moments leading to their marriage perfectly. Wonderfully written! (Ashley)


Great read!! 5-Stars! I enjoy reading anything that Sharon writes. This one fills in a slice of Lizzie and Darcy’s life before they get married!! Enjoyed every word! (Earleen Carroll)


I absolutely loved it! 5-Stars!  The queen of romance and passion has written a lovely second volume of their betrothal period and wedding. Lady Catherine is readying her society friends for battle. Lord and Lady Matlock wants to be introduced.  Their fighting jealousy and increasing passion. Business separates them. Mrs. Bennet voices her opinions. In between, there are lovely, tender, romantic and passionate interludes.  Heartily recommend! (Vaarin)


Wonderful prequel. 5-Stars! I love the Pride and Prejudice characters and Sharon Lathan’s books are the best way to continue to spend time with these iconic characters. My only complaint – when I’m done reading her latest book, I’m finished the series!! So sad! I’m halfway through this book and am loving every moment.


Couldn’t put it down! 5-Stars! Why can’t we give 10 stars? Of all the Pride and Prejudice variations I have read, these characters seem the most like Jane Austen’s. You could easily read Pride and Prejudice, then go right on reading book one of this prequel, and the rest of the Darcy Saga.  (M in SC)


Loved it!!! 5-Stars! Absolutely loved this book!!!! Great continuation of this series!! Sharon does a Great job of drawing us into Darcys and Elizabeth’s love story!!! Highly recommend this book!! Well written, touching, smoldering, we learn a great deal about Darcy and Elizabeth . The novel is delightful and worth the wait!!

Miss Darcy Falls in Love - 2014 World Book Night US selection! 
Historical romance novelist, author of The Darcy Saga
"Happily ever after comes true..."
John 3:16
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