Romancing the Book
I love Ms. Lathan’s work! She really made a story pop and come to life with this unique twist on Jane Austen’s work. For some reason, I never really like Miss Darcy’s character in other works. She just seemed a bit off and too quiet for my likings. But, Sharon Lathan really created a story for Miss Darcy that really caught my heart.
I loved how Ms. Lathan took a time in history and brought it to life with her characters and plot line. Miss Darcy’s story is uniquely written. Watching Miss Darcy and her love of music was amazing. I felt myself instantly transported and walking along side of Miss Darcy.
Seeing Miss Darcy realize that it doesn’t matter what others think, or what they might expect of you, that it’s okay to follow YOUR heart, and to fall in love with whom your heart calls you to love. It was a fun loving journey!
If you are a Jane Austen fan, if you love historical novels, then Ms. Lathan’s wonderfully written,vividly detailed, and sweet romance novel will be one that you don’t want to miss out on! I’m looking forward to another sweet novel from Ms. Lathan!
Long and Short Reviews
Was Pride and Prejudice your favorite Jane Austen book? It was mine, and the story Miss Darcy Falls in Love brings readers back to that world; this time, focusing on Mr. Darcy’s sister, Georgiana. I admit, I was also drawn to this book because Georgiana is a musician, and so is the hero of the story, Sebastian, and music happens to be one of my things. It’s also set in Paris, another intriguing quality.
The writing is excellent. The author, Sharon Lathan has a gift for words. The style is clever, and musical symbolism is used at its finest. Musical motifs are blended into the brilliant threads of the story, enhancing the plot. A Regency world is well constructed.
The characters are three-dimensional and quite interesting. Georgiana and Sebastian are great, charming and all-too-human. Their relationship builds so naturally, and the chemistry between them comes alive. Readers can feel their passion. The secondary characters add dashes of wit and sparkle to the book and aid in bringing Georgiana and Sebastian closer.
Suspense is created effectively with the introduction of the impossibly seductive Baron who falls madly in love with Georgiana. He holds great appeal to her. He could very well draw her away from Sebastian. After all, he also shares a great thing in common with her: music, and he’s very attractive. She’s thunderstruck when she meets him.
Other aspects of the plot add interest. Sebastian’s father vehemently insists that Sebastian marries a woman with a title, which Georgiana does not have. Also, Sebastian is expected to come home to England and learn how to be a future earl. However, his heart dictates that he follow his passion for music. How can these things possibly be reconciled?
At any rate, Georgiana experiences a steamy, passionate night with the man who turns out to be her true love.
The love, passion, and excellence of style, as well as the writer’s superior talent with words is sure to win her new fans or satisfy old fans with this one.
One Literature Nut
Oh, how I love Sharon Lathan’s books. Seriously, Sharon’s books are a much needed break from my own reality and have helped mellow the romantic cynic in me. Forget what I think “reality” is in romance, I want Sharon’s version! Recently after finishing our first term at school, I felt like I was at my breaking point. I picked up Sharon’s book, for what I thought would be a couple of chapters for a quick work break, that turned into a complete devouring of her book. In one sitting, I started and finished Miss Darcy Falls in Love and can say that it was just what I needed.
In the characteristically romantic style of author Sharon Lathan, Georgiana Darcy’s story feels nothing like a departure from our most famous Darcy couple, but feels more like a beautiful continuation within the family. For fans of Pride and Prejudice, I think that most readers will agree that we want to see Georgiana happy in love someday, especially after all that she endured with George Wickham. Now as an adult, and seeing the wonderful relationship of her older brother with Elizabeth Bennet, nothing could be better than to see Georgiana equally as happy in love.
Picking up where The Trouble With Mr. Darcy left off, we follow Georgiana home through Europe. Focusing less on the travel aspect, and more on character development, we meet friends of the Darcys such as with Sebastian Butler. Sebastian is not an ordinary character for his time, in that he is not necessarily aloof or terribly complicated. That does not mean that he was not interesting. His sweet character was kind and generous around others, but it was his passion for music that lent him that certain cluelessness that we love in Austen’s men. Sebastian, in all his gentleness, has made fast friends with Georgiana and shared a real passion for music that bonds the two. Their friendship was sweet and delectable. As for Lord Caxton, who comes along to complicate it all, he seemed more like the villain than the possible love interest, which made it all the easier to love Sebastian and root for his awakening to what he had with Georgiana.
Sharon’s novels do contain sensual scenes, that are grippingly romantic. If that is not your scene, let me warn you now. I wouldn’t say that this novel is nearly as sensual as previous books though. I get that some people do not enjoy having a romantic interlude spelled out for them, but I can’t say that is a reason to completely denigrate an author’s story. Sharon’s writing has never felt overplayed, in my opinion, and her writing style has this period feel to it that is stunning. As readers, we not only get swept away in the beauty of her writing, but we also develop a greater interest in her characters. In every way, these characters feel real and applicable to us, with their dreams and emotions spelled out on the page. Mixing the period with the timelessness and complications of romantic love, I simply can’t get enough of the romance Sharon writes. Beyond being a fan of all things Austen and loving this period to begin with, Miss Darcy Falls in Love is a delectable and delightful romantic romp back to a time when men and women held back on saying what they felt, yet showed it in a number of reserved, romantic ways. Although the sixth in the Darcy saga,Miss Darcy Falls in Love can be read as a stand alone. And for cynics of romance, which I would usually count myself a part, these books make me want to believe!
The Good, The Bad, and The Unread
With this sixth book in Sharon Lathan’s Darcy Saga series, she takes a turn from the loving couple who started her writing career for her and gives us a look at Fitzwilliam’s sister, Georgiana. We’ve watched her grow from a quiet and shy girl into a confident and intelligent young lady, as well as a brilliant musician. It’s a nice change of pace, and Ms. Lathan does Georgiana proud.
On the trip of a lifetime meeting new friends, seeing exciting places, and gaining more experience and knowledge in her music, Georgiana’s whirlwind journey gets another jolt when she comes face to face again with Sebastian, an interested beau we met in the last book. They share a love of everything music and immediately begin to meet to discuss that passion, play each other’s compositions, and leisurely explore museums and conservatories to their hearts’ content. For Georgiana it is a blessing to have someone who understands her desire to immerse herself in nothing else but melodies and lyrics. She does, however, become a bit homesick now and again in the midst of these very exciting times. Knowing she will eventually return home to marry and start a family as all young women her age do keeps her will strong to continue her journey.
Sebastian has had a more difficult time of it, having to deflect his father’s attempts to bring him home to be further groomed to take over the family estates when the time comes – and to start his own family as soon as possible. A prospective bride has already been chosen, though Sebastian wants nothing to do with the woman. Coming to an agreement with his father gives Sebastian three years to gain what he can at the Conservatoire de Musique in Paris, a dream he thought never to live. And the time he’s spending with Miss Darcy beforehand has also been a dream, one unexpected and enlightening. The woman is beyond ingenious.
Both Georgiana and Sebastian view their relationship as friends. It definitely starts out that way, but slowly, without them realizing it, their feelings become deeper and more meaningful. However, they each keep silent, not wanting to interrupt the other’s life path. Georgiana knows Sebastian’s heart is set on attending the conservatory and he knows her desire to return to England is growing with each passing day. Should they go their own way and leave behind a love that may last a lifetime or should one of them sacrifice their wants for the sake of the other? Neither is willing to test their options for fear of the hurt and heartache that may result.
But when Georgiana meets Baron Caxton, she’s taken by his masculinity and charm. She’s also torn now between two men who she’s grown to care for. While she paints the town with the baron, it’s Sebastian who seemingly bows out of her life, which causes both of them to reflect much deeper into their feelings and to make decisions that may come too late to halt lives changing directions they might never recover from.
There are a variety of secondary characters who throw fun and laughter into the story, most notably the de Valday twins, Yvette and Zoe, along with their brother, Frederic. All three are the typical flamboyant French and always out for a raucous good time. Sebastian’s grandmother, Lady Warrow, is also an interesting character. I love the scenes where she vexes her son over his continual fuss about Sebastian’s life choices and refusing to see the man he’s become. I have only one slight nitpick, which is near the end when Sebastian asks for Georgiana’s hand. I would rather have been shown that scene rather than being told about it. We’ve seen over the course of the series how protective Darcy has been of Georgiana all her life, so some emotions from him about this momentous life change for her would have added so much, especially since she’d been gone so long from home during her journey.
One scene I really enjoyed is when Georgiana is on her way to Sebastian and is constantly having her progress impeded. She finally takes matter into her own hands – time is of the essence! – and her flight toward him is well done, fraught with tension, longing, happiness, devastation and so much more, as is the immediate following scenes when life now looks bleak and without color for Georgiana. Also, the prologue brings surprises. I love the way Ms. Lathan gives this couple an afterlife, so to speak. Very inspired! And Dr. George Darcy gives those of us who follow this series a huge surprise. Is there more to come with him and his new-found happiness? Only time will tell…..
Books Like Breathing
Georgiana Darcy has always had one of my favorite characters from Pride And Prejudice. That’s probably a bit unusual because she’s not exactly one of the most vocal characters. I guess the best that you can say about her is that she has potential and Sharon Lathan explores that potential in Miss Darcy Falls in Love.
I love books about Georgiana. She plays such a pivotal role in Pride and Prejudice but we know so little about her. We basically only know that she’s really really shy, she loves her brother, and she was hoodwinked by the nefarious Mr.Wickham. I search out books about her. I may be the only person who does this but I just love her so much. I mostly ship her with Colonel Fitzwilliam but Georgiana was great in this one. She was so well-developed. She had some of this same characteristics that I loved in Pride and Prejudice –her sweetness and shyness — but she was also much spunkier and much more independent. I love how Lathan transformed Georgiana in simple ways but still was able to capture the character that I loved from Pride and Prejudice.
Now, we can’t simply talk about Georgiana. We also have to talk about Sebastian. I have come to the conclusion that if a character is named Sebastian, he is automatically awesome. That is very much true here. Even though I am loath to admit it, Sebastian is the perfect hero for Georgiana. He is musically inclined and charming. I know I said that I love her with Colonel Fitzwilliam but Sebastian kind of change my mind. Not completely but still, it worked in this book.
First of all, I loved how this book is organized. It was so perfect for Georgiana and the perfect reflection of her talents and character (as well as Sebastian’s). The writing was great and the story progressed nicely — even though the language does get a bit flowery here and there. But the book was so good that it didn’t catch my notice very often. I also did miss the presence of other Pride and Prejudice characters. I always like for there to be cameos but there weren’t that many here. Again, I didn’t mind it so much because the book was generally awesome.
Booktalk With Eileen
I haven’t read Jane Austen Fan Fiction for years. I enjoyed it and was amused at how many words they used to actually say something. I feel the people in that time skirted around an issue. I told Ms. Lathan that they were so wordy. This is part of her reply. “I try to capture the essence of Austen’s style, not going too modern nor too far into the past. Some say I capture Austen style right on – which always makes me laugh because I don’t think anyone can do that, nor would I want to since it is too much. But I do go for a higher style, if you will. People did indeed talk in a much grander way with bigger words, a greater command of language and vocabulary, purple prose, minimal slang, etc. All part of that world we admire…. They had to be very clever with their phrasing, in large part to avoid overt flirting or impropriety.”
The story develops a beautiful friendship and an ever-deepening love. It was a sweet journey. If you are a JAFF reader and haven’t read Sharon Lathan you most certainly should. All her books are happily ever after endings and entertaining with their language giving us a peek at Europe in the early 1800’s.
Wow, what a wonderful romantic book! It is a sequel to the Austen classic, and it tells the story of Darcy’s sister Georgiana and her first experience as a woman who has the first taste of independence and experiences her first love. The characters are realistic and well developed, and the writing is very appropriate for the time period. As the main characters develop their feelings for each other, we are transported into the intense sensations that come from the dialogues and the chaste looks and touches that fill this book’s pages. I found myself completely enthralled into the story and the romance is oh, so sweet. I was captivated from beginning to end.
Little Munchkin Reader
Miss Georgiana Darcy has always been a favourite character of mine since I read Pride and Prejudice. As the younger sister of Fitzwilliam Darcy, she was a constant in his life, yet her story was never fleshed out.
Well, thanks to Sharon, it now has and is most beautifully done. Miss Darcy Falls in Love follows the love story of Georgiana, who is traveling in Europe with her Aunt and Uncle, Lord and Lady Matlock. Whilst there, she falls in love with a gentleman who shares her passion for music.
This love story is told with passion. Lathan’s writing is lyrical and very much written in a style that a piece of music would be played – which is perfect for the story, as the pathway to true romance has its own ups and downs, does it not?
The subtle interactions that the lovers have in realizing their love had me turning pages so quickly – however, this also had the opposite effect as I slowed down my pace towards the end to that I could make the story last longer!!
Sharon Lathan, I once again thank you for allowing me to enter a world filled with the Darcy Family. I eagerly anticipate your next novel on Dr. George Darcy with breath held.
Linda Banche and Her Historical Hilarity
Miss Darcy Falls in Love, the latest in Sharon Lathan’s Darcy Saga, is her best novel yet.
Georgiana Darcy has toured Europe, ending in France. In Lyon, she meets Sebastian, heir of the Earl of Essenton and a dedicated musician like herself. At last, Georgiana has found someone with whom she can share her deep love of music, and also her musical compositions. Sebastian feels the same way. Theirs is a meeting not just of minds and bodies, but souls as well. But Baron Caxton, a devastatingly handsome man for whom every woman feels an attraction, has decided Georgiana will be his wife. Georgiana feels the tug to the flamboyant Caxton, but will the tug to the quieter Sebastian be stronger?
The Regency genre is mainly populated by stories of rich and titled people whose only concern is for money, property and status. How refreshing to read about two people of this class who share a passion for something else (and I’m not just talking sex). Both Georgiana and Sebastian’s love, musical talent, and the hard work they must perform to develop that talent is a welcome change amid the welter of too-rich-for-their-own-good nobles.
Again, the story is rich with sexual tension, sumptuous historic detail, the glittering Paris of 1820 and plenty of music. I like the almost novel-length buildup in sexual tension as Sebastian’s and Georgiana’s denied passion increases bit by bit, and I suffered along with them as they dealt with the misunderstandings that threatened their happiness.
I especially like that Sebastian encourages Georgiana in her music, rather than turning all male and demanding she give up her passion in order to settle down to her woman’s lot of marriage and family. You have to love a man confident enough in his own masculinity not to feel threatened by a woman’s talent. And he’s blond (I love blond heroes!) and gorgeous, too. What’s not to like?
I am sure Sebastian and Georgiana will have a long and happy marriage. And you’ll have a good time reading Miss Darcy Falls in Love.
Romance Suite / Laugh Love Write
Finally, the wronged younger sister of the famous Mr. Darcy falls in love in Sharon Lathan’s newest Austen Sequel. Sharon Lathan is renowned for bringing Jane Austen’s characters to life and continuing their story as she’s done in the regency romance novel Miss Darcy Falls in Love. Following on the heels of its predecessors, Miss Darcy Falls in Love adds more insight into the characters we came to know and love in Jane Austen’s famed Pride and Prejudice.
Miss Georgiana Darcy was left wronged by the infamous Mr. Wickham, but healing splendidly in Pride and Prejudice. Now, the rest of her story is finally told through the more modern words of Sharon Lathan. In The Trouble with Mr. Darcy we last see Georgiana traveling through Europe and returning with a secret of her own, being affianced to Lord Sebastian Butler; Viscount Nell. Here in Miss Darcy Falls in Love the tale is told, with a few cameos from familiar characters, the story mainly focuses on Georgiana’s new acquaintances.
At this point in the story, Lizzy Darcy nee Bennett has just welcomed her second son into the world and Georgiana is left to her own devices in foreign countries, under the guardianship of her aunt and uncle. Meeting such lifelong friends as the rambunctious Valday siblings, the highlight of Georgiana’s travels is her introduction, or reintroduction rather, to Butler and Baron Caxton.
I loved that Sharon Lathan brought the English gentry to France and how appropriately she portrayed the French country, culture, and the intricately freeing music scene. The author really does have a way with words and aptly conveys the language and protocol of the era to her readers. The morals of the period come across through the characters, who practically breathe through the pages, they are so full of life. Writing a love story in which the characters do not make love until the wedding night is becoming a rarer commodity in today’s romance fiction, but one that made this story all the more invaluable.
The storyline reminded me a bit of Austen’s Mansfield Park -both characters madly in love with one another, but ignoring their feelings in order to preserve their friendship. I had mixed emotions about Georgiana falling so ridiculously for Baron Caxton’s good looks and charm, which reminded me of the naivete of her young romance with Wickham. I had thought the character would have moved on from such mistakes-yet at the same time, it led a credibility to the character first created by Jane Austen and made Georgiana appear more human.
Lastly, I loved how the author put into words the stereotypical stuffiness of the English and the free spirits of the French, specifically through the brilliant sub-characters. The Valdays and Butler’s friend Gaston, were such a joy to be introduced to, their personalities resonating with me long after I closed the last page, their image a memorable one.
All in all, I would count Miss Darcy Falls in Love as a credit to the Pride and Prejudice world created first by Jane Austen. Sharon Lathan really does the regency author credit by continuing her masterpiece and creating a saga that I would highly recommend to Austen fans and all historical romance fans in general.
My Little Corner of the World / Books Hug Back
Sharon Lathan has done it again! In Miss Darcy Falls in Love, she revisits the plot line from the end of The Trouble with Mr. Darcy where Georgiana comes back from Paris with a new beau, Mr. Sebastian Butler. The new novel begins is Europe with Georgiana meeting two talented musicians who vie for her love. Mr. Butler and Georgiana quickly become great friends as their enthusiasm for music is equivalent. In attempts to understand their true feelings for each other, they often find themselves misinterpreting and misunderstanding the other’s comments and intentions. Despite Georgiana’s adamant refusal, Mr. Butler pushes Georgiana to pursue her love of music at the conservatory, but societal customs cause her to balk at the chance. Lord Caxton however, pursues Georgiana with great force and speed, attempting to secure a courtship without her guardian’s or even her very own approval. Over the course of the novel the two men’s true characters are revealed, and Georgiana finds one to be a bit crass and manipulative, while the other ends up being the loving and supportive gentleman she has always dreamed of.
If you have read the previous book in the Darcy Saga series you know the ending before the first pages begin; however, if you are new to the series it is a beautiful novel with a fantastically romantic ending. Something great about Miss Darcy Falls in Love, is that new readers can jump into the middle of the series without feeling lost. It is a separate story within the series, so both Darcy Saga fans, as well as readers looking for a Miss Darcy sequel in particular can enjoy. Although new readers will be so sucked in and enthralled by it, I am sure it will cause them to go back and start from the beginning. There are a few Miss Darcy sequels out, but this is by far the best I have read. It is just an added bonus that it is part of her greater sequel series. Lathan’s writing is encapsulating, and you are truly transported into the Georgian English world that Pride and Prejudice fans crave so hard heartily. Her command of the Regency language and style not only entertains but educates. As soon as I finish her newest book, I am immediately and anxiously awaiting the publication of her next. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
Georgiana Darcy is touring Europe with her aunt and uncle. Her love of music sets her apart from her peers. In France, Georgiana and her friends receive an invitation to attend a party in honor of the betrothal of Lord de Marcov and an English woman. At the party, Georgiana meets an old acquaintance. He is a distant cousin and the brother of the bride-to-be. Georgiana soon learns that they share a love for music. Will friendship be enough for Georgiana?
Sebastian Butler is a gifted composer and musician. The Conservatoire de Musique in Paris accepts him as a student. Sebastian is a handsome man, but his love of music tends to bore most ladies. Georgiana is different. Her knowledge of music and composition matches his own. They soon find themselves working together creating new music and improving other pieces written by Sebastian. Their friendship slowly grows into love, but another man comes between them. Can Sebastian win the hand of Georgiana?
Baron Caxton is in Paris to teach violin at the Conservatoire de Musique. He once taught Sebastian at Oxford. Baron Caxton meets Georgiana and decides to court her. Under the impression that Georgiana and Sebastian are just friends, Baron Caxton becomes a constant fixture in Georgiana’s life. Caxton dazzles Georgiana and she enjoys his company. Caxton takes that as encouragement and assumes that they have an understanding. What will happen when he learns the truth?
Sharon Lathan continues the Darcy Saga with the story of young love in France shortly after the Napoleonic era. Most young women are taught to play an instrument so they can entertain perspective husbands. Georgiana can play many different instruments and composes her own music. She wants to make music her life, but there is no future for a woman in that field. Georgiana never expected to find anyone with the same interests. Sebastian is under pressure from his father to give up music and return home. The responsibilities of the nobility are heavy and Sebastian does not want to live the rest of his life without his music. Ms. Lathan gives the reader a clear idea of what life is like for the upper class in Europe during this time while weaving a tender love story. Can Georgiana and Sebastian keep their love and their music alive?
Austenprose/Reflections of a Book Addict
Georgiana Darcy, now coming of age, embarks upon a tour of Europe without her brother Fitzwilliam and sister-in-law Elizabeth. During her time in Europe, she meets many new acquaintances, most significantly Sebastian Butler, a fellow music lover, and Lord Caxton, a teacher at The Conservatoire, a renowned musical school in Paris. Both pay her a great amount of attention, albeit in different ways. Sebastian becomes her musical collaborator, both playing and writing original compositions with her, while Lord Caxton seems to be intent on escorting her to balls, parties, and operas, taking her away from the musical world. Both men engage in a bidding war over her heart, yet only one will win. Who will Georgiana give her heart to? How will she choose amongst these two charming yet exceedingly different men?
Having followed all of Lathan’s previous works I will say I was slightly confused when I started reading Miss Darcy Falls in Love. Knowing the end of her last work I immediately went to check online to see if I missed a book in the series. Just to save you the confusion, this book takes place prior to the ending of The Trouble with Mr. Darcy, and ends after its conclusion. I’m actually really glad that Lathan decided to go back and tell Georgiana’s story. She was one of my favorite minor characters from the original, and I was always left wanting with her story. After everything that happened between her and Mr. Wickham in Austen’s original novel, she certainly deserves someone writing her a happy ending!
One of the most amazing things about this book is how it’s infused with “music.” What I mean by this is Lathan takes musical terminology and intertwines the story with it. The story itself is also written in a lyrical manner, flowing like a beautifully tuned instrument. Georgiana’s rapidly changing feelings are similar to arpeggios, fast-paced in their movement, yet rising and falling in a steadfast manner. She is conflicted in her feelings towards these two new male characters in her life, and is constantly questioning these new feelings.
Lathan does a fabulous job at expanding the framework that Austen laid out of Georgiana’s characteristics. She is still a doting sister, constantly wondering how her brother and family are at home, as well as phenomenal musician. It’s wonderful to see her grow in confidence under the tutelage of her companion and Sebastian Butler. Their confidence in her and her talents lets the accomplished Georgiana within shine through.
Lathan has another home run hit on her hands here. Her name is certainly solidified with what good Jane Austen fan fiction should be. If you haven’t given her novels a try, I suggest you do. Fast-paced and always full of the romance we all dream about, Miss Darcy Falls in Love is not one you’ll want to miss.
Regency Romance Writers – Eye on Romance – Historical Romance Writers
Sharon Lathan transports her readers to the world of Jane Austen in her latest book about the Darcy family. In this book, she focuses on Georgiana Darcy, a young woman traveling Europe with her family. Georgiana would like to find love, but hasn’t had much luck with that elusive element so far. She has finally overcome her shyness enough to enjoy the balls and dances she must attend which helps her to fit in a little better. Georgiana isn’t sure how to flirt and finds it a worthless talent until she meets the one man that she flirts with unconsciously.
Sebastian Butler loves music. Even though his father would like nothing more than for him to come home and take up the title, Sebastian sets out to Europe with his grandmother so that he can pursue his music. He wants to study with the greats including Beethoven. When he meets Georgiana again, he is captivated not only by her grace and beauty but also by her interest and understanding of music.
Like all good historical romances, this one sets some obstacles in the path of true love. Sebastian’s father already has his bride chosen and although Sebastian disagrees; his father continues to push his choice. Georgiana although delightful, has no dowry or title to lure a groom. She has to rely on true love for the man of her dreams. The story of how these two overcome the obstacles and misunderstandings make for an intriguing read.
Ms. Lathan does an excellent job of writing the style of the period. Her prose evokes the authors of Austen’s era and does so without being dry or inaccessible for the modern reader. I could see the historical detail that she put into the text and appreciate the effort that she made to make it accurate. I enjoyed reading about Europe during this time frame and thought that she makes it feel quite real for her readers.
I enjoyed the story of Georgiana and Sebastian as well as seeing the other characters that surround these two people and the glimpses into their personal lives as well. This story is multi-dimensional which makes the characters more compelling.
Earlier this year I enjoyed Sharon Lathan’s The Trouble with Mr. Darcy, Book 5 in the Darcy Saga. Within that installment is a brief reference to Georgiana Darcy’s romantic escapades while away in Europe, setting up the premise for the next book in the series, Miss Darcy Falls in Love. I was excited about the concept and looked forward to the title’s fall 2011 release.
My expectations were more than realized in this delightful novel. For this Janeite and musician, there was much for me to admire and enjoy within the story and the structure itself. Georgiana has always been a favorite character, and I loved how Sharon handled her journey. She mingled Miss Darcy’s love of music, her character traits as a Darcy and her desire for matrimony perfectly.
The chemistry between Georgiana and her love interest, Sebastian Butler is just wonderful. I loved how they began their relationship as friends, sharing a common spiritual faith and passion for music as well. My husband and I began in a similar way, meeting in the Baptist Student Union in college, enjoying friendship and sharing music together, long before romantic notions were held. I’ve long held the belief that faith and friendship are essential foundations to any lasting marriage, and these elements are definitely a part of Georgiana and Sebastian’s budding relationship.
Of course, one of the main obstacles that the couple must face is that of a competing suitor, the charming Lord Caxton. While certainly not the best choice for Georgiana, I liked the fact that Caxton was not an out-and-out rogue or wicked individual. I suppose Georgiana learned her lesson with Wickham years before, although there is little to no mention of him at all here. She probably would not have entertained Caxton at all if he were such a man. However, his looks, charm, propriety and desirability made him an attractive prospect for a time, and provided interesting tension in the story line.
Miss Darcy Falls in Love fits into that delectable category of books that make me stay up late reading, wanting to take in “just one more” chapter before heading to bed much too late in the evening (or wee hours of the morning). If it were not for some family travel obligations in mid-November, I probably would have been reading it at all moments of the day as well. I truly enjoyed Sharon’s characters and their musical and romantic journey together.
I’ve mentioned in past reviews that author Sharon Lathan will sometimes put too many details of intimacy in her stories. While Miss Darcy Falls in Love does have a short dream sequence and a lengthy wedding night scene, the rest of the novel is relatively chaste in its details. And even with the steamy passages, they are within the confines of marriage, both dreamed and realized. Once again I appreciate Lathan’s portrait of marital intimacy, making the marriage bed as attractive as other authors have made the beds of unmarried lovers.
For whatever reason, Georgiana Darcy has always been a favorite character of mine. Sharon Lathan’s characterization of her is spot-on, and I love the infusing of music and faith within her story. I have not read all of Sharon’s work, but thus far Miss Darcy Falls in Love is my favorite of her titles. It’s incredibly romantic, enjoyable and a delightful addition to the Darcy Saga. While I’m sure that Lathan will return her gaze to Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy once again, I hope she also reserves another book or two for the delightful Georgiana.
The Romance Reviews
With Jane Austen spin-offs, re-tellings and adaptations so plentiful that they might as well constitute a new genre, this book manages to capture all the fun, spirit and heart of Austen’s works, while still remaining true to itself and its history and weaving a story with great insight and romance.
When Georgiana Darcy is sent on a European excursion with family friends, she is dazzled by the sights and the opportunities spread before her. Having lived a fairly sheltered life as the orphaned sister of the immortal Mr. Darcy, Georgiana is quiet and serious and is somewhat at a loss when it comes to the flirting and games that seem to be required in order to secure a husband. But when she meets Viscount Sebastian Butler at a ball in Lyon, she knows at once she has found a true friend. As the eldest brother of five rambunctious sisters, Sebastian is of a similarly reserved nature, though his infectious sense of humor cannot fail to bring a smile to Georgiana’s face. The two also share a deep love of music; though Georgiana’s education has not been extensive, Sebastian has studied with Beethoven and Liszt and is currently seeking admittance to the Conservatoire in Paris in order to continue his studies.
However, Sebastian’s obligations to his family and the title he will inherit are weighing heavily on him, and he knows it is only a matter of time before he will be forced to return to Hertfordshire, find a wife, and give up his musical aspirations in favor of the life of an English Viscount. Despite his grandmother and sisters, who are incredibly proud of all that he has accomplished, Sebastian’s father is growing increasingly impatient and intolerant of his son’s musical ambitions, and is determined to select a proper wife for him, despite Sebastian’s very vocal objections to his choices.
But none of the pressures of the real world seem to matter when Georgiana and Sebastian are together. In discussing their own compositions and their dreams for their future, a deep friendship soon forms, one that neither is willing to challenge, even as their feelings for each other begin to develop into something much deeper. Following their move to Paris, Sebastian is joined by his Oxford tutor, Lord Caxton. Caxton is everything a young lady could want in a suitor—tall, strong, devilishly handsome and thoroughly besotted with Georgiana. And though he goes to every length to prove to her that he is the man who can make her happy, Georgiana realizes that her heart has already been won—but has the truth come too late?
Like the works of Austen herself, one of the most memorable parts of this book is the number of wonderfully unique characters that inhabit it. Georgina is a terrific heroine with a sweet, loving spirit. From a historical perspective, I enjoyed seeing a character who was very true to her time—Georgiana is very much a part of her family and an adopted sister to her host family, the DeValdays. In consequence, she hasn’t had to make very many decisions for herself, especially not when it comes to marriage proposals and true love, and watching her come into her own and make her own choices was a highlight of the story for me.
Sebastian is a wonderfully likeable hero. I’m so used to seeing brooding Alphas in my historic romances that it was a pleasant surprise to find a quiet, determined hero who was so charming and humorous that he won me over with no effort at all. Sebastian’s sense of fun is infectious, and his passion for music gives his character a depth that is really touching. You could sense his sheer joy in discussing his compositions with Georgiana and his need to prove himself on his own terms. In spite of all his father’s insults and threats, it is clear that sense of purpose he got from his acceptance to the Conservatoire meant infinitely more than a title and estate ever could, and I really respected that drive.
And while I’m normally not one for love triangles, this one was done really well. I loved that we had enough time to really get to know Sebastian inside and out before introducing his rival who, in any other book, would be the hands-down swoon-worthy hero. But is he right for Georgina? The ending carried just the right amount of drama and angst, before resolving into a final worthy of some of the best 19th-century romances.
Though this wasn’t a quick read for me, I enjoyed the experience very much. This is a story that fully immerses its readers in the world of the characters, from the rainy streets of Lyon and Paris and the quiet hush of the churches and museums Georgiana visits, to the dazzle and splendor of the society balls that light up the evenings. It was also nice to follow a romance that didn’t spring from physical desire so much as from a really strong emotional connection that was forged between the two characters. Their discussion of music was fascinating, and often showed a great deal of insight into their unique personalities. Though perhaps not for everyone, as the basis of the plot is conversation and debate, this book reminded me of some of my favorite romances of the past centuries and I thought it was exceptionally true to its roots.
This book is a superb companion to chase away the chill of an autumn evening. I’ve not read any of Sharon Lathan’s Darcy Saga series, so I can say for a fact that newcomers will be able to jump right in and enjoy, though I will admit the hints to other character’s stories might just have me looking for more in order to catch up!
One More Page
Sharon Lathan’s Darcy Saga is a series of five novels and a Christmas Novella which follow on from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The latest installment in the saga; Miss Darcy Falls in Love is a companion novel to the main series and follows Mr Darcy’s sister Georgiana as she comes to the end of a Grand Tour of Europe. Set predominantly in France, the novel follows the style of Jane Austen’s original novel and is written in Regency tone and language adding a good dose of passion and romance and I can see why Sharon Lathan has built up such a following amongst fans of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice.
Despite Pride and Prejudice being one of my favourite novels, I’ve never been tempted to read any of the many spin off novels that exist; I’ve read books based on characters’ love of Jane Austen and recently a modern adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s books but not a continuation of the original story. That changed when I saw the lovely cover for this novel and read that it focused on Georgiana who actually has quite a minor role in Pride and Prejudice, but is one of my favourite characters – I wanted to find out more.
The key story in Miss Darcy Falls in Love is a classic love triangle with the beautiful Miss Darcy attracting the attentions of two very handsome but distinctly different men; the young, fair, handsome, Sebastian Butler who has grown up with five sisters and immediately puts Georgiana at ease, striking up a strong friendship over their mutual love of music and the dashing Lord Caxton, teacher at the renowned Paris Conservatoire music school who literally sweeps Georgiana off her feet with his dark good looks!
While the relationship between Georgiana and Sebastian evolves slowly, the one with Lord Caxton is more whirlwind and I really enjoyed reading her reaction to the two men and was gripped as she made her choice in a dramatic conclusion to her time in Paris! Lathan takes Georgiana as she is described in Pride and Prejudice and develops her as she grows up and experiences more of the world and I thought she did a really good job, keeping the essence of the character whilst allowing her to have her own adventures.
Music features heavily in the novel with each chapter and part taking its name from a musical term or movement. With lively descriptions of place and dress, Sharon Lathan has certainly done her research and, populated with a wonderful cast of characters, her Regency world is one I really enjoyed escaping to. My favourite characters were Mr Butlers grandmother, Lady Warrow with her cheeky sense of humour and naughty asides and Georgiana’s travelling companions the de Valday sisters who are always on the look out for the chance to flirt, shop or party. I also developed quite a soft spot for the lovely Mr Butler!
Despite five previous books and a novella in the series, I didn’t feel that I suffered as a reader for not having read the earlier volumes in the Darcy saga. Miss Darcy Falls in Love is a very enjoyable romance read and I hope to visit Sharon Lathan’s Regency world again very soon.
Life in the Thumb
I’m really glad that I took the chance to read a Lathan book again. Earlier this year I read one of her books and felt the sex was the story and there really wasn’t a plot. None of that really happens until the end of the book and it occurs exactly where and when it should. Sharon has fleshed out her characters and really brings them to life. I really enjoyed Georgiana’s story and am thankful that Lathan decided to spend some time with this intriguing person. One of the most unique features in this story is the how music is used. I loved how passionate Georgiana was about writing and playing her own original music. I also enjoyed experiencing France through the eyes of a young lady who is touring Europe during the Regency time period. The beginning did start out a bit slow for me but after about 30 pages the story really took off and came to a very satisfying conclusion.
For my fellow P&P variation readers, this is one that you MUST add to your reading list and/or stacks of books. You won’t be disappointed and may end up with the same opinion as me- I want more books that feature the minor characters from Pride and Prejudice.
Delighted Reader Blog
Oh, that was a lovely read! Want to know what became of Georgiana Darcy? With whom does she find love? Sharon Lathan wrote for her a hero that will grab all of our hearts.
This was the sixth book in the Darcy Saga and moved away from Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy as the focal figure to tell Georgiana’s story.
Briefly, Georgiana Darcy has grown into a beautiful, talented young lady. She is on the Continent touring with her Fitzwilliam family. She makes the acquaintance and builds a friendship with Lady Matlock’s French friends and also meets up with distant relations in Lyon.
One of these distant relations is Sebastian Butler, a talented young musician, who is intent to study at the Conservatoire and not from any romantic attachments until he gets his education and must return to England and assume his duty to family and their estate. Sebastian and Georgie forge a friendship based on their shared love of music. Both recognize their friendship is special, but it is not until a charismatic handsome rival comes along who shows interest in Georgie that they both realize they share so much more. The rival, their misunderstanding of the other’s feelings, their differing views of what they wish for their future, and the scheming of Sebastian’s father are barriers to this budding love.
The backdrop of post-Napoleonic Lyon and Paris are very exciting the way the author described them. The main characters were sympathetic and well-drawn. The new secondary characters, the de Valdays, Marquis de Marcov, and Marchioness of Warrow, were fun additions to the story. There was very little conflict in the plot with misconception and missed opportunity playing the biggest role in this story. The plot moved along gently as a result.
This book could stand alone if you do not mind occasional back history references and spoilers to previous books. There are mild sexual references and one mild scene toward the end between a married pair. A sweet romantic read! Recommend for those who love seeing the P&P secondary characters as happy as Darcy and Elizabeth.
Peeking Between the Pages
Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan is a sweet love story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Many of us know the story of Darcy and Elizabeth and love it but this story takes us into the life of Darcy’s sister Georgiana and her experience with really and truly falling in love for the first time and it was a pure delight to read.
Georgiana has been touring Europe when she meets Sebastian Butler and her world tilts. Sebastian captures Georgiana’s interest when, at a dance, he mentions studying music. Music is something that is of utmost importance to Georgiana and she feels an instant connection to him because of it. Sebastian too feels this connection. He’s never met a woman who wasn’t instantly bored by his talk of music and yet Georgiana wants to hear more. His interest is piqued further when he learns that she plays and composes and does it very well.
The novel follows the ups and downs of Georgiana and Sebastian as they spend time together talking and sharing their love of music together. They become fast friends all the while secretly falling more and more in love with each other. There are numerous looks and touches that leave each of them feeling that there must be more between them but since each believes they are only friends, neither of them says anything. Georgiana believes that Sebastian’s future is with his music and hers is to go home and get married and have a family. Yet, doesn’t love usually conquer all?
It was so refreshing to read a love story like this and Austen sequels are always fun. I loved the back and forth between Georgiana and Sebastian – are they in love or aren’t they? Neither wants to hurt the other one so they keep their true feelings hidden. For some reason I’ve always loved romance stories like that. I get so frustrated with each character as they avoid the ‘love’ word and yet I love them at the same time and I adored both Georgiana and Sebastian.
Throughout the novel music is a main theme. In fact, it is what brings Georgiana and Sebastian together. I enjoyed all the references to music and its development back in the 1800’s. As for Sharon Lathan’s writing, it is wonderful. She literally swept me away into another time and place and her writing is so smooth and lyrical that the pages just seem to fly by and before you know it you have to leave all these characters that you’ve grown to love.
I would recommend Miss Darcy Falls in Love to all those who love Austen sequels and if you’re a reader that hasn’t tried one you should. Miss Darcy Falls in Love would be a great choice as it really stands on its own. Of course it helps to have some knowledge of Pride and Prejudice but even so I don’t think you’d really need it to enjoy this book. I can’t wait to read more of Sharon Lathan’s work!
Songs and Stories
This story was so sweet. Georgiana Darcy truly makes a marvelous heroine. Out of her brother’s watchful shadow, she is just beginning to stretch her wings, and where better to accomplish that than in the City of Lights? She makes many delightful new friends, including the musical, handsome Sebastian Butler. And that is all it is at first: a warm, treasured friendship. Watching it develop into more was a pleasure.
As in all of the best romances, there are things standing in their way. In the case of Miss Darcy Falls in Love, their main obstacles are themselves. They both make mistakes and there are foolish misunderstandings that make me shake my head at their mutual silliness. It was lovely. Poor Lord Caxton really didn’t stand a chance.
I really liked the depth of Sebastian Butler as a character. You can really get to know him, to understand and respect him. He’s a little older, a little more experienced than Georgiana, reminding me of Mr. Knightley. Georgiana is sweetly naive, but that hardly slows her down. She’s the sort of character who might get momentarily confused on her path, but when she makes up her mind she is a force to be reckoned with.
This is a must for anyone who has read Sharon Lathan’s Darcy Saga, but even if you haven’t read any of her other books you should give this one a try.
Eva’s Sanctuary Reviews / Vampire’s Kiss
In this book Miss Darcy is very much in love with music and active in her playing. You could feel her struggle throughout the story between her love of music and what was expected of her…marriage, babies, and helping with the house. How could one be a mother and continue to write music? This is a minor theme but really hit home for me.
There is a constast between two of her suitors on this point. One is pushing her to become more and study at the famed school. The other thinks women don’t have time beyond being able to entertain. From there she has to decide about her feelings. Friendship, lover, just a strike of lightning?
The story comes together and also gives us a after they agree to marriage look. We get to see snippets of the wedding and a peek into life a few years out. I really liked this part of the book. Most times we get the falls in love, marriage and that’s it. I liked seeing what happened after the marriage. Umm, which I should admit, was a little steamy. Nothing graphic but Lathan does get much more descriptive than the original!
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
This book is part of a series, but it works wonderfully as a stand alone novel, as the other books have been mostly about Lizzy and Darcy, and in this one it is Georgiana who takes the stage. So this is fully her book as we do not even get to meet Lizzy and Darcy. Sure you can read all the ones before, but you can also enjoy it as it is.
I do love my P&P stories, but I love the side characters just as much, and it was wonderful to see Georgiana fall in love, and with a man who fits her so well. She needs someone like her in certain aspects and I did like the man who at last wins her heart. And that is truly what this book is about. Georgiana is in Europe, meeting new friends, longing for home, and then meeting someone new, and not just one man. No, there is a choice to be made. But we all know which man she will pick. Or hope she will pick. They are both good in their own ways, but I do think Georgiana played a bit with the one man’s feeling (not knowingly), but afterwards I felt really sorry for him and hoped he would find love again.
Lathan is known for her sensual books, but this one is again different since it deals with Georgiana, and her being unwed, well we can’t have anything like that going on. There the book differs from the other books in this series. It is more romantic and longing. It was a wonderfully sweet book and as always it was fun to meet everyone again, or at least hear about them since Lathan truly has worked on this series, and wanting to give everyone happy endings. And I do like hearing about them all. A good book in this series, and an equally good book that can stand on its one. Lathan is a true romantic.
The Pen and Muse
Being a fan of Pride and Prejudice, I couldn’t pass up the read. Although I had not read the previous books to Lathan’s series, I still found myself entranced with the characters. For those of you who love Austen novels then you have to read this. Lathan takes the minor characters of Austen’s and breathes life and magic back into them. Georgiana Darcy is on a tour of Europe without her brother Fitzwilliam and sister-in-law Elizabeth. While on tour she meets two men, both who will change her life. One who embraces her with the love of music and the other who insists on taking her around to balls. Both men want her attention, but only one will succeed. I don’t want to give it away so you will have to pick a copy up to find out who Georgiana stays with. Although it’s a series book, Lathan does go into the details of who the characters were and their back story so I didn’t feel left out of the loop. Historical romance readers will enjoy the details and time Lathan took in this book and will want to find themselves transported back into that time. I’m also glad she chose such a minor character in the Austen books and brought her back to life in front of readers again. If you’re looking for a beautiful backdrop in history along with the romance we all dream about, then you’ll fall in love with Miss Darcy Falls in Love.
Read All Over Reviews
While it can be read as a stand-alone, Miss Darcy Falls in Love is the sixth part of Lathan’s Pride and Prejudice series. However, this is the first book in the series that moves away from Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. You will not find the beloved couple in this book at all. This may be an unpopular opinion, but huzzah for that! Don’t get me wrong. While I do love and adore Austen sequels, I am also pretty tired of things mainly focusing on Mr. Darcy when Austen’s novels are populated by plenty of other amazing characters as well. So this was a very nice reprieve.
Here we see Georgiana fall in love with a man who is so wonderfully perfect for her, and while this book is focused around the much-overdone love triangle, Lathan proves she is indeed a master at writing both Regency romance and Austen continuations. While Lathan’s other books may focus a bit more on sensuality, Miss Darcy Falls in Love positively oozes with yearning and sweet romance which will appeal to a wider Austenesque audience.
Romance Book Junkies
This was a very cute story. I would have to say this book could be a standalone so if you haven’t read the others you can still read this one and it would be time well spent. I just love the friendship that turns to love between Georgiana and Sebastian. Their relationship just seems so natural and easy but they refuse to admit to their deeper feelings and remain best friends for a good portion of the book. If you’re in the mood for an easy, cute and fun read this would be an awesome book to pick up. It’s not too hot and steamy but it didn’t need it if that is something you prefer. Overall I really enjoyed this book.
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