Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy
Two Shall Become One
Book 1 in the Darcy Saga series
By Sharon Lathan
Narrated by Corrie James
Audiobook Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Nov 17, 2015Running time 14 hrs
PRINT PUBLICATION: 309 pages | Sourcebooks Landmark; 1 edition (March 1, 2009)
Audiofile provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
It’s Darcy and Elizabeth’s wedding day, and the journey is just beginning as Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice characters embark on the greatest adventure of all: marriage and a life together filled with surprising passion, tender self-discovery, and the simple joys of every day.
As their love story unfolds in this most romantic of Jane Austen sequels, Darcy and Elizabeth reveal to each other how their relationship blossomed. From misunderstanding to perfect understanding and harmony, theirs is a marriage filled with romance, sensuality, and the beauty of a deep, abiding love.
This is an interesting idea, not that it hasn’t been previously explored, but almost every Austenite wonders what happened after the wedding in P & P.
In many of these sequels, the characters feel misconstrued or off-kilter; sometimes they are written comically, or kinky. This one more or less maintains the characters. And, the pace of life in the Regency, and in the country feels right on even if the book is more diary than linear plot. The couple is very sensual, and they make the most of their leisure time.
What feels off and made my eyes roll was the language; full of florid proclamations like this one on page 32* “How I love you. I am yours and you are mine for all eternity.” It is like eating something too sweet, for too long. It made my teeth hurt. The language is jejune, so full of exclamations of love and beauty by the characters that it feels like it was written by a sentimental, teenage girl.
The narration is well done, although I could hear the sounds of a dry mouth as she read. Perhaps it was the sound of the narrator’s eyes rolling as she tried to wend her way without laughing through the overly affectionate and flamboyant prose.
*Amazon “Look Inside this Book,” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055X54XA/