Courtship, love and passion…a wonderful season it is! This is definitely a five star read!!! This Darcy and Elizabeth are intelligent, articulate, teasing, loving, humorous, kind and very, very passionate!!!!! I have read this book several times….once I start reading it, I couldn’t put it down!!!! Darcy and Lizzy become engaged at the beginning of the book…and we are given a peek into their hearts, minds and love for each other during their early engagement period. The author’s words brings the characters to life with vivid clarity…I can picture them in my mind and feel their lively dialogue. I can’t wait for the sequel….to see how Lizzy celebrates Darcy’s birthday, and the experience their happiness and joy on their wedding day! GREAT book….EXTREMELY well written!!! I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book!!!! (This review was written by Lisa Hatfield)
Welcome back Love, Courtship and Manners. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very well written. Thee are some who may think it was a bit too descriptive. They may be what they feel are purists or true Janeites. I am a Jane fan for over 60 years now. I have a 25 year old granddaughter that has just become a fan. She runs into a room and says G what do they mean by many times while reading a book. She has found that romance and courtship is not what it used to be. It is creating a desire in her for more than what the average male in our lives today offer. She wants that sense of courtship and love that most 20+ year old males do not offer today, It is creating a craving for a world in which women are to be respected and manners placed upon a higher plane. So I say WELL DONE Sharon. Give us more. (LouAnn LaJeunesse)
My heart is complete! I love this series and the author. It fills every painful hole left by the end of Pride and Prejudice with the story we all dreamed of. Every page brings joy. Thank you Sharon! (Erin Mohr)
If you enjoy Sharon Lathan’s saga on the continuance of Pride & Prejudice then you will want to read this. Lathan does a wonderful job of letting us know what happened right after Lady Catherine leaves from her rapturous, contentious, twisted promise me you won’t consent to an engagement tyrannical spill with my nephew. You get more insight into what the characters are thinking prior to their engagements and leading up to their wedding. It just does a great job of answering any what if questions one might have to the story.
I love this series and this book is just the start. I love this series and have just read it again. Sharon Lathan takes the time to develop our characters and not rush the story. It will take all five books to go through Elizabeth and Darcy’s first 10 years of marriage. This is not a quick novel that covers all things in one book. I admire the fact that Sharon takes the time to walk through the life of this lively, loving couple at a pace that doesn’t feel rushed. This series really takes the reader into the personal lives of Elizabeth, Darcy and their extended family. I enjoyed them very much.
Sharon Lathan’s done it again!!! THANK YOU SHARON!!! Mrs. Lathan has the ‘market’ cornered with her sequels of Pride and Prejudice! Book 1 of this 2 book prequel lets the fans know what Darcy and Elizabeth endured between “Will you…” and “I do!” I will never tire of reading Sharon’s stories; she has made this story a real story to me. I encourage anyone who loves P&P to read these books! (Cyn Hatmaker)
Incredible Series! I own every one of Sharon Lathan’s Novels and I am in love with the series! I read the book in 2 days and was captured by every word. I love love love The Darcys as Sharon has portrayed them, and I reread the books incredibly often! The passion, love and detailed anecdotes told by the characters give you a sense of characters beyond what was given to you in the original Jane Austen book. She has taken these characters and given them a breath of fresh air! I can’t wait for her next venture. Way to go Sharon!!! (Lizette Zarko)
Loved every minute of this. I loved this book, the style in which it was written, the portrayal of the characters, the believability and likability of the characters and their feelings and the way they expressed them. I so enjoyed feeling like I was right there and although there was day by day detail, it never felt like it was dragging on, just wanted more and more. I understand why it seemed to end abruptly, largely because the second part was coming – Hope of the Future. (Alana Mercedes)
I devoured this book in two days. It is a wonderful addition to her sequels. I absolutely adore these books… both prequel and sequel. It is wonderful to read about their courtship and get a glimpse into that time period and all the things that were not appropriate in public that we take for granted now. Such a romantic love story. Every woman needs a Mr. Darcy…. her own William.
Sweet, sensual, can’t wait for the follow-up. Ms. Lathan is the master of Darcy everyday life as drama. In this shorter part 1 prequel to her lengthy novels about the Darcys after they are married, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam become engaged and she begins to realize the strong passion that she feels for him. It’s a wonderful read to see how they grow and bond as a couple.
Marvelous Novel What a great little novel this is. Darcy and Elizabeth are very true to Pride and Prejudice. The book is well written as are all books in the Darcy Saga. This is a quality publication not one of those sloppy self-published books so common among P&P variations. A quality publication all the way through. (Jerry T)
Magnetic connection seals my draw to these books. I love the romantic nature of Sharon’s books. The magnetic connection is what I connect with. I have had that type of love and miss it so reading these books brings me back to that time in my life. (April Pellicer)
Love Sharon’s books! For someone who discovered Pride and Prejudice later in life (Sharon), fell in love with it and then embarked on this wonderful journey to bring more to it, I want to say that Sharon is doing an outstanding job. I’m an old P&P fan and I would always end the book and wish there were more. “How did the wedding go?” “What would it be like to become Mrs Darcy?” I must say that Sharon’s book surprised me on the shelf of Target one day. I didn’t know anyone had ever done this, so I hadn’t even thought of checking the idea out. After buying and reading her first book, then seeing she was on Facebook, where I got to “meet” her, I was sold. Since this time I have met Sharon in person and can say she truly loves her characters. This new one “A Season of Courtship” goes back and answers some of the questions I always had as well as bringing all the emotions of these classic characters to life. Take a walk back in time, become Lizzy Bennet, fall in love with Fitzwilliam Darcy… I dare you!
Great prequel! Very true to the style of Pride & Prejudice. It was gratifying to get a glimpse into what transpired between Darcy and Elizabeth in those moments that weren’t previously shared. We saw the public and proper interactions between them, but I did often wonder “How would they have talked to each other once they were engaged? Surely not so formally” But Darcy is so proper, it was hard to imagine how he would have addressed his bride-to-be once their love for each other was out in the open. Which is why I enjoyed this book so much. Lathan does a wonderful job of painting in the missing scenes with unhurried, descriptive narrative and dialogue. If you love Pride & Prejudice, you’ll love this book!
So well written. Love Sharon Lathan’s work, she can tell a beautiful story, I wish this story had been released first, but as I have all her other books I am just going to continue to read them all over again. Ms Lathan is such a talented writer and this story sets the tone for the engagement between Darcy and Elizabeth, with some sizzle and true romantic love thrown in for good measure, love the book, and love Sharon Lathan’s writing we should tie her to the computer and force her to write faster.
Beautifully Romantic. I am a huge and long time fan of Sharon’s novels. I always get excited when Sharon releases a new book because I know that it will be delightful and this one is no exception. Sharon breathes life into my favourite characters of all time Darcy and Elizabeth. From the moment the book starts I am transported into their world. There are so many stand out moments throughout. Just a few examples of my favourite parts are: the absolute mayhem Lady Catherine causes when she arrives to accost Darcy; ‘Elizabeth Bennet loves me‘ such a simple statement but so wonderfully effective in its use! It is sweet humbling heartwarming and utterly romantic. Sharon’s placement of this line is perfection. Feeling the giddiness along with Darcy, makes me smile every time I read it.
Reading through Darcy’s thoughts brings on a feeling of apprehension as though I don’t know the outcome and feeling all of his anxiety even though I have known the outcome of their relationship for a very long time. A brilliant play on emotions and Sharon’s delivery is pure brilliance. That’s why I am so attached to her characters, Sharon gives them heart and soul. Caroline is pitiable but hilarious all at the same time! Thank goodness she will never get her claws into Darcy! I love the revelation of Darcy’s passionate nature. He oozes masculinity, riding Parsifal is just one example. But there are so many to look forward too! Anne’s letter of congratulations was very emotional and had me teary.
The passion, the joy, the anxiety and the humour are combined to make a very entertaining read. I highly recommend this wonderful first part of Darcy and Elizabeth’s courtship. If you love Sharon’s books, Pride and Prejudice, Darcy and Elizabeth, or beautiful romance, you will love his book! (Vee)
Another winner by Sharon Lathan! I came to Pride and Prejudice late in life… I caught the terrific 2005 movie and have never looked back… consequently, I was given the first of Ms. Lathan’s books as a gift, and loved it so much! I had no idea that a cottage industry of endless sequels and variations existed, so I have been playing catch up the last couple of years… and I mean, I’ve read them all… good, bad, and just plain strange, but my first set of sequels has always been my favorite! All of Sharon Lathan’s books are just beautifully written… her stories of the newlywed Darcys and subsequent years in their marriage are fun, exciting, romantic and to me ring true… her Darcy is the one I want and her Lizzy is the one I want to be! This new prequel is a wonderful edition… there is some rehashing from her earlier books, because she often had flash-backed to their courtship in her sequels, but I didn’t mind… this book is just as fun and romantic… Ms Lathan is a beautiful writer, and I will always treasure her books and what they give to me… a wonderful love story! Thanks! I eagerly await the next one!
I love the romantic nature of Sharon’s books. The magnetic connection is what I connect with. I have had that type of love and miss it so reading these books brings me back to that time in my life.
Doesn’t disappoint. I have all the Lathan Darcy and Elizabeth books. This edition of her first book on Kindle was a interesting handle on her series. She writes clearly, concisely, and certainly has the ability to bring forth the passion that Darcy has beneath is cool exterior. Lathan did a good job in describing the surprising sexual response that a usually composed Elizabeth exhibited through her entire life. In my opinion, Lathan produces a superior brand of humor and great story line, so anyone who has never read her before, should start now. (Arlene McKeon)
A great bathtub/beach read! I have loved all of Sharon Lathan’s books that take are set after the marriage of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth occurs. This is the first one she has done that comes before the marriage… and there are some lovely twists and turns in the story. The passion that dwells beneath the surface bubbles forth as they learn who they are about to marry. Enjoy!
The writing was excellent and to the point. It shows how Darcy and Lizzy’s courtship progresses and their separations cause their love to blossom. Naturally Jane and Charles are on the same path to romance. As usual Aunt Catherine and Caroline Bingley are there to cause a few bumps in the road. It is all written with class and excellent choice of words. I was glad to read the book and not have to hear about Wickham causing havoc. Also very little mention of Lydia. I liked reading the part where Mary and Kitty were sensible and also Mrs. Bennet. Mr. Bennet was quite himself and I am growing quite fond of this gentleman the more I read about his sense of humor and playfulness. Looking forward to Volume 2 with the marriages of these two young couples and the start of married life for them. Thank you Sharon for another great novel!
Delightful This is another wonderful story from Mrs. Lathan. I’ve enjoyed her sequel immensely and this prequel lives up to my expectations. A great, entertaining read!
Love Once again Sharon Lathan has written for her Mr. Darcy story line; which in turn made me want to read the books again. If you are a lover of Darcy and Elizabeth you will enjoy all her books.
Fills in the gaps! I have read most of this author’s Darcy novels. I must state that I thoroughly enjoy the time that this author takes to develop the characters and their very intricately detailed dialogue. This book, like the others, takes time to make the reader almost believe that s/he is right there in the room…. quietly observing and missing nothing. This novel fills in the gap in time in the original P&P between Mr. Darcy’s second proposal and the wedding. Did Darcy and Elizabeth argue? Where they passionate? And if so, was it quelled or did they act upon their desires? This novel develops the sequence of event of the first 3- 4 weeks after the accepted proposal that ultimately lead to the alter. I’m looking forward to reading the next prequel that covers the remaining weeks leading up to the wedding.
Recommend! I thoroughly enjoyed Sharon Lathan’s “Darcy and Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship” Ms Lathan takes her time letting the reader savor the little nuances of their relationship. Well thought out character development.
A CHARMING COURTSHIP I love the Darcy Saga! This delightful look into the time between the “Yes” and “I Do” is fun and romantic.
Lizzy To Perfection. Absolutely loved this book. Authentically true to the characters! One of my favorite authors! (Darcy M)
Great book! I have read all of the other books and this one ties them all together. Ever since I saw the movie I have loved reading Sharon’s version.
One of the better P&P sequels/prequels out there. The writing was good and the story very engrossing. It revealed the passionate natures of both parties without getting vulgar or nasty. I had been reading several very good books at once but had to drop the others to concentrate on A Season Of Courtship until I had finished. Very much looking forward to part two of the saga, then I will move on to some of Ms. Lathan’s other books. This one was a very enjoyable read.
Love, when true, is deeper than we can imagine. This novel pulls out the depth and breadth of all the emotions, thoughts, and physical feelings that couples faced during their courtship back then. It keeps you in the same turmoil because you start to feel and relate to the struggles and temptations Darcy and Elizabeth face.
Awesome. If you love Pride and Prejudice you will love this book. I couldn’t put it down. I read it in two days.
The Voice of Austen Comes Through. I have read a number of books by a variety of authors about the continued story of Elizabeth and Darcy. Lathan’s prequel is excellent! Yes, the episodes of the escalating physical side of Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s relationship as their engagement days pass were certainly not Austen-like. But, there were times I truly felt Austen’s turns of phrase or expressions jump right off the page. I laughed out loud, wanted to strangle the ever-annoying Caroline Bingley (spoiler alert: Bingley’s spine continues to develop!), and loved the development of Darcy’s personality. I would highly recommend reading this book if you want to go beyond knowing Darcy and Elizabeth are to marry. Its well written, stays quite true to the Austen characterizations, and is just a plain good read!
Delightful This is a lighthearted and delightful interpretation of what might have happened in the lives of Elizabeth and Darcy. An easy read that ended too quickly and left me wanting to read more. I will try to be patient about waiting for the next part to become available. (Dona Johnson)
WONDERFUL!!!! First, I have to say that I love Sharon Lathan’s P&P sequels. I was excited to see the P&P prequel Darcy & Elizabeth, Season of Courtship. Finally, a story to fill the gap Jane Austen left – the betrothal period – describing the timeframe commencing with Darcy’s successful proposal and concluding with the Bennet/Bingley/Bennet/Darcy double wedding. Ms. Lathan discloses some of the events that occurred during this timeframe as flashback sequences in Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Two Shall Become One. However, the delightful details are revealed in this novel.
Wonderful Again Sharon Lathan has conquered my heart again with her new novel. It’s full of love, fun, tenderness. For those who have already known Sharon’s book, this cannot come as a surprised, it’s as always exciting and “addictive”. Once you begin reading it you must go on until the end almost breathless. Thanks Sharon for a really well done job ¡¡¡¡
A Great Read! I loved Ms. Lathan’s Darcy and Elizabeth from her Darcy saga series. She picks up the story essentially on what happens after the engagement and how they build a relationship before marriage. If you aren’t familiar she has five books of their first years of marriage: definitely worth the buy. The only negative is now I have to wait for part two but it does end not making you feel like you are left hanging. Looking forward to reading more of her work!
It’s a must read! This was a wonderful complement to Darcy Saga. I’m impressed with the thought and care that Sharon Lathan adds to all her books.
I love Sharon Lathan books. I have every book she has written and this book has never disappointed me. It is a must read in the Darcy and Elizabeth stories. (Debra Anthony)
If you love Pride & Prejudice, you’ll love this book! Very true to the style of Pride & Prejudice. It was gratifying to get a glimpse into what transpired between Darcy and Elizabeth in those moments that weren’t previously shared. We saw the public and proper interactions between them, but I did often wonder “How would they have talked to each other once they were engaged? Surely not so formally” But Darcy is so proper, it was hard to imagine how he would have addressed his bride-to-be once their love for each other was out in the open. Which is why I enjoyed this book so much. Lathan does a wonderful job of painting in the missing scenes with unhurried, descriptive narrative and dialogue. If you love Pride & Prejudice, you’ll love this book!
This is a great imagining of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet’s first moments of their engagement! I have loved all of Sharon Lathan’s books that take are set after the marriage of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth occurs. This is the first one she has done that comes before the marriage… and there are some lovely twists and turns in the story. The passion that dwells beneath the surface bubbles forth as they learn who they are about to marry. It’s really a great bathtub/beach read! Enjoy!
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