**Let’s keep the discussion going! Why limit it to 2 measly days anyway? Originally posted as part of my Launch Fete for Loving Mr. Darcy, the discussion was a hit and SO much fun! I’ll keep it open here on this link indefinitely so feel free to join in. I shall do my best to respond appropriately in a reasonable period of time, so check in every so often to see what new points have been raised. Thanks! Sharon**
It has been a difficult time for me these past several days and I did contemplate postponing my planned discussion of Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberley. But, life does go on and since no one on this earth was prouder of my accomplishments than my mom, I know she would want me to carry on. Mom received her signed copy of my second novel a week before she passed and even though she had no time to read the new and improved version published by Sourcebooks, I am comforted in her expressions of delight and in the knowledge that she held it in her hands.So this fun discussion is in honor of my wonderful mother. Her favorite parts of my books, as she told me so many times, were the detailed descriptions of their gowns and the places they visited. She laughed about the sex scenes, admitted that she flipped past them, saying, “If I can’t get any then I don’t want to read about somebody else getting it on.” LOL! Personally, I like writing all of it!
Now it is your turn to share your favorite parts. Ask me questions if you have any. Tell me the modern invention you loved best. Wonder why I chose to go a certain route? Curious why I ignored some people? Annoyed about something? Whatever it is, I’ll do my best to enlighten!
We will be talking freely about Loving Mr. Darcy, so if you haven’t finished it and don’t want to have the surprises ruined, think carefully about reading on. Don’t worry though – I won’t be giving away any hints for The Darcys at Year’s End or beyond.
OK, just to get the ball arollin’ here are a couple topics:
1. I present a Darcy who is starkly different in his private vs. public persona. We all are this way to a certain degree, but Mr. Darcy vs. William takes it to extremes. How does this feel to you? Does he stay true to his dual personality? Do you see him gradually moving toward a medium position on the spectrum as the story progresses?
2. I have several flashbacks in this book to events during their engagement. I would love to hear your favorite or the one you felt the most revealing. I was asked by Jocelyn, who can’t participate during these 2 days, whether Darcy and Lizzy ever frankly talk about how Darcy suffered after Lizzy’s rejection. The short answer is, no. I figured it was enough for Lizzy to know the depth of Darcy’s despair, as revealed by Lady Matlock. She would never force him to talk about what was so obviously a painful time. As he said, “I cannot revisit the period during which I lost you, and the torment that caused to my soul. The agony is too extreme.” That confession was enough for both of them. And, of course, it no longer truly mattered.
3. The bandit attack! Could you see the action? Hear the pistol blasts? Were you on the edge of your seat? Proud of feisty Lizzy? Loving manly and tough Darcy? Scared that Lizzy might lose the baby? Worried that Phillips would die? Tell me what you thought!
Any topic is fair game! Bring it on!!