I am thrilled to start the PARTY! I am dancing with joy! My heart is going pit-a-pat! Break out the champagne and light the fireworks! Let the streamers fly! Once again I am blessed by God to welcome another novel I am deeply proud of and honored to share the experience here with all of you. Thanks are not enough, so hopefully a fun month with giveaways will convey my appreciation.
It is funny how these matters differ each time. After five novel pub dates I have learned that there isn’t a pattern. Last October folks were lamenting the delay well after the first of the month for In The Arms of Mr. Darcy. This time around I have been taken quite by surprise to hear reports of The Trouble With Mr. Darcy being delivered in mid-March! Those who pre-ordered totally scored! Others will need to wait until new orders are processed and book stores get around to stocking their shelves. Keep your eyes peeled and be sure to let me know!
Feedback from early readers–
I just cried my way through pg. 52-81 more towards the end part, but wow I will honestly say I have cried when reading a book before, but never so much that I actually felt it in my heart and gut. Ms. Lathan, I have never read anything like your writing.
It is great! Can’t wait to finish. Got my copy last Friday, pre-ordered at Borders. Keep writing. I liked the steaming married love, great. I’ve been married almost 35 years, a little steam is great.
I got “The Trouble with Mr. Darcy” on Saturday. I jut finished it! Excellent! Please keep up the great writing and being true to all the characters. Please don’t stop writing!
LOVED Trouble with Mr. Darcy- It is your best yet!!! I read it in 36 hours… I’m resting up and then I’m going to read it again and enjoy the amazing detail and descriptions without rushing through in suspense!
I got it Thursday night and had it finished by Sunday morning. I had to force myself to put it down. Best book ever.
I have never felt so much emotion reading a book as I did reading the trials Darcy and Elizabeth faced after the birth of Michael. What an amazing writer you are Sharon. You can make us feel everything the characters feel. Amazing!
Official, editorial reviews will trickle in over the month ahead. So far I can share these–
This is the first book I’ve read by Sharon Lathan, and it is the fifth book in her Darcy Saga series and I’m puzzled as to why I haven’t picked or read any other previous four books in this series. Sharon Lathan is talented at creating whole new lives for characters that we loved in Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed it and look forward to now going “back in time” and reading the first four books in this series.
Written in her flowing sensual style and with a wealth of detailed descriptions, Ms. Lathan again transports us to the Regency as she immerses us into the joys and fears of her characters. We suffer along with Darcy and Elizabeth during Elizabeth’s illness, rejoice in the heady joy of Kitty and Randall’s new love, and snarl at Wickham and his dastardly plot as we cheer on Mr. Darcy in his new role as swashbuckler fighting to protect his family.
As is true to Lathan’s writing style, the language flows off the page, adding another layer to the romance between the Darcys. I’ve come to realize that these are no average retellings of the famous Pride and Prejudice. The love between the couple is ever present, set off by steamy romance that is underplayed by the language and style used in the stories. Trust me though, that the romance is sigh-worthy and sweet all at the same time. To be quite honest, I don’t feel “guilty” reading these books, but I do call them my guilty pleasure because of the high escape factor they deliver.
I am very anxious to hear more reports and reviews. Anxious and nervous, of course! I explored many new areas in this novel, and I am not referring to France or crossing the Alps from Switzerland. Loads of drama within these pages – more than in the previous four novels combined! Hopefully the emotions I have strived for will come through. Be sure to let me know!
My Virtual Book Tour begins today and I am digging right in to talk about Mr. Wickham and the delight in writing about bad boys. Mark the dates, be sure to follow me around, and comment to win copies of my novel.
April 1 – Historical Hussies “A Bad Boy at the Wedding”
April 3 – Risky Regencies interview
April 4 – Laugh Love Write “Writing Sequels to Classics”
April 5 – Austen Authors
April 6 – Royal Reviews
April 11 – Jane Austen Sequel Examiner
April 13 – Calico Critic
April 19 – The Good, The Bad, and The Unread
I am also honored to share a fabulous mention in a Picktainment article by Adam Spunberg – co-founder of the Austen Twitter Project – in his write up on an interview with Deborah Moggach, the screenwriter of the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice. Adam’s coup in being able to speak with Ms. Moggach is awe-inspiring to me. Go Adam! But having him add a blurb about me and how this brilliant movie inspired me is beyond words. Here is the article–
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